The Pier

AberPier
AberPier

One of Aberystwyth’s most famous landmarks is the Pier as much because of the starlings nesting beneath it. But is was once a more traditional pier – a place for holidaymakers. Can we reanimate a day in its past when holidaymakers played games inside the nightclub that is home to students playing drinking games?

Plascrug

On the grounds of Plascrug school there was once a mansion, before then a medieval castle. If we stand amongst children playing in a playground, can we reanimate a castle surrounded by water. As a child Keith was told of the secret tunnel from the castle but can we trace the line of the tunnel beneath the park?

plascrug castle
plascrug castle

The changing face of Aberystwyth

1728 Map of Aberystwyth
1728 Map of Aberystwyth

As well as exploring Keith’s archive of the changing face of Aberystwyth since he has been capturing it in photographs, we have been looking at old maps and paintings of Aberystwyth.  It is stunning to see the changes in a few hundred years.

Can we retrace and recreate the old Aberystwyth, can we find the places most steeped in history whilst Aberystwyth in 2015 moves around it?

Is it important to remember the old buildings we have lost or should we just accept this changing shape of Aberystwyth?

How do people feel about their town which once look liked this – should we let it all sink, be demolished or be forgotten?

 

Old Aberystwyth
Old Aberystwyth
Map of Aber
Map of Aber

Kings Hall

543547_10150857763889850_1178615987_nIn the 1980’s teenagers would head to the Taurus Disco on Saturday mornings at the Kings Hall. The Kings Hall was knocked down and now people drink cocktails in Baravin. Imagine the Taurus Disco reanimated in the place where it once was, the past and present dancing around one another.

Wonky House

Wonky House projectLara Ward / Sandy Bendelow / Keith MorrisWonky House is a new project in development exploring the different layers of Aberystwyth; history, subterranean, undiscovered, through response to image, community memory and environment creating movement, image, text and art.