10:52am Wednesday 16th October 2013
COLEG Gwent passed on their Edwardian wisdom when they helped the cast of a new TV series learn about life in Wales during the 1900’s.
New TV show, Y Plas, which was broadcast in September and October on Welsh TV channel S4C; followed the progress of eighteen individuals who left behind modern-day life to experience living as servants and landed gentry in the Wales of 1910.
Students and staff helped out on the set of the living history series by training participants in traditional country skills, to give a flavour of Edwardian Wales.
Before filming began, the cast got to grips with traditional country skills such as animal husbandry, butchery and food safety training organised by Coleg Gwent’s commercial training team, Business Edge.
The cast then joined Coleg Gwent tutors on the working farm at Coleg Gwent’s Usk Campus to familiarise themselves with some of the rural skills expected of gentry and servants at the time.
“It was a pleasure to train the Y Plas team in the type of hands-on rural skills which provided such an important part of life for people of the era,” said Greg Harrington-Money from Coleg Gwent’s Business Edge team.
Production Editor Carys Beynon said: “We were all hugely impressed with Coleg Gwent.
“The training answered all our needs, but turned out to be great fun as well.”
Viewers will be able to take a look behind the scenes at the making of Y Plas in a programme on October 19 at 7pm on S4C.
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