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?
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?
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?
Keith has been fascinated by subterranean Aberystwyth ever since he was told about a secret tunnel from a medieval castle to the sea. Here he talks about the tunnel.
A film of Lara Ward on the starling walkway . This walkway is beneath Aberystwyth Pier and was originally used by holiday makers to access pleasure boat trips. It was last used in the 1930’s. Since then it has only been used by Aberystwyth’s most famous transient visitors the starlings.