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    A link to our past about to disappear – Cosmeston Medieval Village

     Posted in Our Past at 20:39 on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 by Mr. Rant

    Incase you hadn’t realised we have heritage. ¬†It’s colourful, diverse, and often bloody, we’ve been in that many wars it’s unfathomable, but we’re loosing our grip on it, we’re loosing those links that make us remember what made Britain what it is today. ¬†What makes us great.

    For years now we’ve been slowly cutting the education of the past. Places to visit where you can learn about our heritage have been shut down and the wealth of knowledge that these places had is lost.

    Just recently Vale Council near Penarth, Wales, has decided to cut funding for Cosmeston Medieval¬†Village a ‘living’ attraction where you can experience first hand what medieval times in Britain were like and learn in depth how people lived in that time.

    I should explain what a ‘Living’ attraction is. ¬†A ‘Living’ attraction is just that. Living. ¬†In Cosmeston’s case, it’s staffed by an enthusiastic group of historial interpretors who will teach visitors about the attraction, showing them how people lived, and died in 14th century wales. ¬†From farming, to the black death you can learn how a typical medieval village ticked.

    Now, stop me if I’m wrong but personally attractions like this are particularly important to our heritage, people learn better through experience and places like Cosmeston do it well.

    We know that most councils are motivated to save money at present but at the cost of our heritage and understanding, I think that questions need to be asked. ¬†In the last year around 20,000 visitors entered Cosmeston Village, yes there’s a small fee of ¬£5 for Adults but isn’t that worth it to learn?

    Well, the local Council don’t seem to think so.

    There are plans afoot to cut the historical¬†interpretors¬†who dress in period costume and ¬†guide people; therefore loosing the thing that best helps people learn; experience. You will no longer be able to chat to villager; and ask them how their home was built, you won’t be able to see a vast array ¬†of farmed animals and you won’t be able to walk amongst it all and breathe in our rich history.

    Should we let it go? No.

    We need to fight for what is left of our past and allow future¬†generations¬†to learn about history, a petition has been set up to fight for Cosmeston and it’s one I would like to support, I may not be from Wales but we can’t let a place like Cosmeston go, because once you get rid of one thing, you’ve already signed it’s death warrant.

    You can view the Petition here.


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      Written By Mr. Rant.