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St Fagans National Museum of History Celebrates 70 Years

St Fagans National Museum of History Celebrates 70 Years

St Fagans National Museum of History


2018 is a significant year for Wales’ most popular heritage attraction, St Fagans National Museum of History. 1 July 2018 will mark the seventieth birthday of the Museum, and then in October, the completion of the St Fagans redevelopment project.


To celebrate these significant milestones, an exciting programme of events and activities have been planned. A new pop-up exhibition has been unveiled in the new atrium space in the main building, as well as online, which charts in photographs the history of the museum, from conception to present day.

The National Eisteddfod’s bardic chair is being created by this year’s designer and creator, Chris Williams from Pentre, Rhondda. As the Eisteddfod is taking place in Cardiff this August, the Chair is being sponsored by St Fagans National Museum of History. This is a fitting reminder of St Fagans’ key role in preserving and championing crafts in Wales since it opened in 1948.


Linked to this is the new programme of craft courses launched for 2018. People will have the opportunity to learn how to crochet, embroider, or have a go at carving a spoon in small group classes led by experienced tutors in Gweithdy, St Fagans’ new building dedicated to craft and making.


On Sunday 1 July, there will be a big birthday celebration with cake as St Fagans mark 70 years and look ahead to the next 70! Curators will be on hand to collect and record memories of the museum over the years, and asking people to bring their family snaps and school photos along to share on the day. For those who live further afield, people will be encouraged to share their memories or photographs of days out, family visits or school trips via social media using #CreuHanes #MakingHistory.


The celebrations don’t end with the official birthday. In October 2018, new galleries will open in the main building and Gweithdy. Through the rich national archaeology and history collections, visitors will be immersed in the stories of the people of Wales – from the very first inhabitants to present day. Also opening is Llys Llywelyn, a reconstruction of a Llys Rhosyr, a Welsh Medieval Princes’ Court from Anglesey, north Wales. Step inside this magnificent building to see how Llywelyn the Great would have lived, feasted and ruled, 800 years ago. The opening of the galleries and Llys Llywelyn will mark the completion of the St Fagans redevelopment project.

Since 1948, the Museum has grown to be the most popular heritage attraction in Wales and one of Europe’s leading open-air museums which attracts almost 500,000 visitors annually. The museum stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle and gardens, a late 16th-century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth in 1948. Since 1948 over 40 original buildings from different historical periods have been re-erected in the 100-acre parkland, among them an Iron Age farmstead, a medieval church, a Victorian school and a splendid Workmen's Institute.

Work continues at St Fagans National History Museum as the site undergoes the biggest redevelopment project in the history of the Museum to help tell the stories of life in Wales over 200,000 years and more.

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales operates Wales’ seven national museums, which together attract around 1.7 million people a year and are all free entry. They include:

• National Museum Cardiff
• St Fagans National Museum of History
• National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
• National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre
• National Slate Museum, Llanberis
• Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon
• National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon


Visit the Museum Wales website to view details.


Published 26 March 2018




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