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Our Story

The Cabins Conwy is part of Ancient Arts Ltd, a company started in the early 1990’s by David & Sue Chapman to research ancient technologies and to provide education resources and public events for heritage sites and museums across the UK.  Since then we have worked for all the major museums in the UK, including the British Museum, and appeared on many TV shows.  For more information on this work please visit our website at: www.ancient-arts.org.

We are also very interested in merging traditional farming techniques with modern permaculture ideas and have already undertaken a project in exploring ancient biochar technologies in partnership with the University of Wales.

In 2000 we bought Llangelynin New Church to use as our Studio and shortly after we acquired Cae Eglwys, thanks to Dr P Gillan of nearby Merchlyn and renamed the field Cae Richard in memory of her late husband, Richard.

Our aim was to allow the field to revert from heavily used pasture (which was managed using chemical sprays) back to a more natural state using permaculture techniques rather than chemicals.  This has dramatically increase the biodiversity in both plant and animal life.

Early Prehistoric replicas made by Ancient Arts for a local museum.

Cae Richard  - last hay harvest in 2004.

Llangelynin New Church built in 1840, now home to Ancient Arts.

Cae Richard  before the cabins 2016

Coed Bach 2016 (Little Wood) self seeded alder trees in Cae Richard.

We also wanted to use more traditional land management techniques to produce sustainable wood to use in our work to remake prehistoric tools for schools and museums.  So we have planted areas of willows and ash which we regularly coppice.

The Chapmans!

Burning dead dock Autumn 2015.

We have also planted an orchard and intend to continue growing more and more sustainable edible crops!