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Rural history under the spotlight

Geologist and fossilised rock. Pic courtesy of Jonathan Neale
Brymbo's petrified forest is a well-known rural historical attraction

A three-year project to discover and showcase rural history in Wrexham is being launched.

An archaeology dig and medieval re-enactments are being put on in Brymbo to encourage people to think about their local heritage.

Ideas for history projects for the next three years are being sought.

Neil Oliver, the Scottish historian and archaeologist who also presents the BBC TV series Coast, is launching the event.

Karen Harris from organiser Northern Marches Cymru said: "We want people's ideas about how to raise the profile of Wrexham's rural heritage."

Ms Harris described it as a "unique opportunity to become involved in this new community heritage project.

"These local histories can then be preserved and enjoyed by future generations, as well as providing potential tourism opportunities."

A conference will be held in 2011 to showcase what has been done and discovered.

The Brymbo event - which will also feature exhibitions from local history groups and societies - is the first of a number of events and activities that make up the overall Rural Community Heritage project.

It forms one of 28 schemes that have secured more than 5m of funding as part of a rural development plan.

The plan runs until February 2011 and is paid for by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, with other funding from match funding or volunteer time.

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