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Centre developed to mark anniversary of Welsh emigrants to Patagonia

Over a million pounds has been awarded to the creation of a new tourist and heritage centre within a church in Llanuwchllyn, Gwynedd, to mark the 150th anniversary of first voyage of Welsh emigrants to South America.

The church will now be turned into a community and visitor space.

The Heritage Lottery Grant will restore and bring the Grade II listed Eglwys Deiniol Sant back into use for the first time since 2006 and will include an exhibition space to share the story of the first Welsh colony in Patagonia in 1865.

Eglwys Deiniol Sant was built in 1873 on the site of a medieval building.

"Llanuwchllyn has such a rich history and as we mark 150 years since the Mimosa's (the ship that carried the Welsh emigrants) voyage to Patagonia, we're thrilled to be able to support a new local heritage centre and help them celebrate this important anniversary."

– Jennifer Stewart, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales


Welsh bear 'closest resemblance' to earliest settlers of Britain

The Welsh are more similar to the earliest settlers of Britain after the last ice age than any other people in the UK, according to a new study into the genetic makeup of the British Isles.

An international research team used DNA samples collected from more than 2,000 people. Credit: 100,000 Genomes Project

An international research team used DNA samples collected from more than 2,000 people to create the first fine-scale genetic map of any country in the world.

By comparing this information with DNA samples from over 6,000 Europeans, the team was also able to identify clear traces of the population movements into the UK over the past 10,000 years.

“To tease out the subtle genetic differences between UK regions we had to use sophisticated statistical methods that model how our genomes are made up of stretches of DNA, passed down the generations from our ancestors”

– Dr Garrett Hellenthal, University College London

Key findings:

  • There was not a single “Celtic” genetic group. In fact the Celtic parts of the UK (Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Cornwall) are among the most different from each other genetically.
  • The Welsh appear more similar to the earliest settlers of Britain after the last ice age than do other people in the UK.
  • There is genetic evidence of the effect of the Landsker line – the boundary between English-speaking people in south-west Pembrokeshire (sometimes known as “Little England beyond Wales”) and the Welsh speakers in the rest of Wales.

“These researchers have been able to use modern genetic techniques to provide answers to the centuries’ old question - where we come from. Beyond the fascinating insights into our history, this information could prove very useful from a health perspective, as building a picture of population genetics at this scale may in future help us to design better genetic studies to investigate disease.”

– Dr Michael Dunn, Head of Genetics & Molecular Sciences at the Wellcome Trust


National Museum Cardiff tells visitors to 'leave selfie sticks at home'

National Museum Cardiff have re-iterated their stance on selfie sticks, saying that 'camera extension devices', such as selfie sticks, are not permitted at the museum.

Only handheld devices are currently allowed at National Museum Cardiff. Credit: Fredrik Sandberg / TT / Kod 10080

The statement comes following the ban of selfie sticks at the National Gallery in London, in an effort to protect works of art on display.

The move follows similar bans in galleries in France and the USA, including the Palace of Versailles and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Cardiff Museum is reviewing its photography policy. Credit: Google Maps

“National Museum Cardiff’s current photography policy permits visitors to only use handheld devices to take photos, without any camera extension devices such as tripods, monopods or extension sticks (selfie sticks) which also fall under this category...This policy is in place to ensure the safety of our visitors and the museum’s collections, especially during crowded conditions...We encourage museum visitors to take selfies and share their experiences but leave the selfie sticks at home...We are currently reviewing our photography policy for visitors within National Museum Cardiff.”

– National Museum Cardiff spokesperson
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