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Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Wales Smithsonian Cymru

Along the Water

Featured Participants

Karl Chattington, Aberdare
Although he was not raised in a fishing family, Chattington has immersed himself in fishing culture. He is an expert on the history of coracles and understands the important role they have played in Welsh life. Chattington belongs to the Coracle Society, an organization that seeks to preserve coracle traditions.

Sîan Dorling, Penarth
Dorling was born at Caerphilly Miners Hospital and raised in a small country village. At age seventeen she moved to Penarth, a Victorian seaside town near Cardiff. She developed an interest in boats and met boat restorer Roger Hall, working as his assistant for twenty years. They have collaborated on many projects.

Roger Hall, Penarth
Hall grew up around boats and first sailed alone at age twelve. After losing his sight as a teenager, he determinedly followed his passion into a career in boat servicing. In 1982, he started the company Keelhall'd Boat Services to restore boats and other structures. Hall is supported by his assistant, Sîan Dorling, and his guide dog, Ash.

David Jenkins, Swansea
Jenkins is senior curator at Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales. Descended from a long line of Ceredigion seafarers, he writes about Welsh maritime and transport history and is currently completing a biography of the Cardiff ship-owner Sir William Reardon Smith. Jenkins speaks Welsh fluently and broadcasts frequently on television and radio, most recently on the acclaimed BBC2 series Coast.

Dylan Jones, Cardiff
Jones was born in Ruthin in North Wales. After graduating from Aberystwyth University with a history degree, he began working at St. Fagans: National History Museum. Jones currently serves as the fishing and hunting curator, striving to preserve the memory of these ancient Welsh traditions.

Keith Jones, Caernarfon
Jones works for the National Trust, an organization that conserves Wales's natural and man-made treasures. He managed the Porth Meudwy Fisheries Project, an initiative to support fishing in Porth Meudwy as an economic and environmental strategy. In his present role as the National Trust's environmental advisor, he is helping to prepare the organization for a sustainable future.

Thomas Jones, Conwy
Jones represents the younger generation of traditional mussel fishermen in Conwy. He comes from a fishing family and works alongside his father, Trevor Jones. He is the first university graduate to wield a mussel rake in Conwy, and is committed to continuing the tradition using the sustainable methods that he and his father practice.