Fonds GB 0210 LITL - Layers in the Landscape Archive

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Reference code

GB 0210 LITL


Layers in the Landscape Archive


  • 2015-2020 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

1 folio box (0.007 cubic metres)

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Archival history

The archive was displayed in exhibitions at UWTSD Lampeter, 2017-2020, and Borth Station Museum, 2017, before returning into the possession of its creator, Erin Kavanagh, where it remained until she donated it to the Library in 2022.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Erin Kavanagh, Penffordd, Llanybydder, 2 December 2022.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Manuscript, typescript and traditional printed material created as part of the interdisciplinary Layers in the Landscape project, which applied the concept of deep mapping to the submerged landscape of Cardigan Bay, and in particular the submerged forest at Borth. The papers relate especially to the theoretical side of the project (notably the geomythology of Cardigan Bay and the relationship between poetry and archaeology in the 'King of the Sea Trees' poem), as well as the 'Borth's lost legends' exhibition at Borth Station Museum.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

All records donated to NLW have been retained.


No accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged as found.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English and some Welsh

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Most of the archive has been transferred to the Graphic and Audiovisual collections, including: wrap-around canvases (an illustrated copy of the ‘King of the Sea Trees’ poem, a translation of ‘Seithenin’ from Middle Welsh into modern Welsh and English, and a ‘Thin Deep Map’); a pull-out banner containing information about the project; artwork (‘The Time Scroll’) interpreting the archaeological and geological data that was used for the ‘King of the Sea Trees’ poem; video recordings (‘Layers in the Landscape’ and ‘The Bridge/Y Bont’); audio recordings (‘The King of the Sea Trees' shanty and ‘Bran’ song); a photo reel (‘Penrolio’) recording the delivery of the ‘Pen Bendigeidfran’ sculpture in live performance at UWTSD Lampeter in 2018; and numerous pdfs, jpegs and photographs relating to the project and the ‘Layers in Lampeter’ exhibition in particular.

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Notes area


Title supplied from contents.


Preferred citation: Layers in the Landscape Archive


The archive does not include a number of artefacts that appeared in the exhibitions, many of which were borrowed.


A memory card containing digital archival material is currently uncatalogued.

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Description identifier

GB 0210 LITL

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; RDA NACO; and LCSH



Level of detail


Dates of creation revision deletion

December 2022


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: discussions and correspondence with the donor; papers within the archive; webpages maintained by Erin Kavanagh, including:

Archivist's note

Compiled by David Moore.

Accession area