The 14th century Guildhall building in Llantrisant is re-opening as a heritage and visitors‘ centre to tell the remarkable story of the ancient hilltop town.
Guests at the re-opening ceremony on Saturday morning will include Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas who has supported the scheme which began six years ago. A £1.4million budget has been needed to breath new life into the Grade II Listed building, including the full restoration of its original structure, plus extensions creating an exciting new community hub and activities base.
The Guildhall was the centre of power which governed the ancient borough for almost 700 years. Now it has the opportunity to become central to the community of Llantrisant once again, boosting the local economy as it welcomes more visitors to the town and wider county borough.
It will house a plethora of unique treasures, including the solid silver Mace of 1633 which survived the Civil War and is older than the one in the House of Commons. There’s a full-scale exhibition of the life of cremation pioneer Dr William Price too, sitting alongside the life-size mannequin of a Llantrisant archer who fought at the Battle of Crecy in 1346.
A wide range of interactive displays will be available alongside many other unique artifacts including the 18th century long-case clock made in Llantrisant and found in Swindon, plus a portrait of the Llantrisant-born Lord Mayor of London Sir David Evans which has been in storage in Cardiff Mansion House for decades.
As well as telling the story of Llantrisant, the refurbished landmark will also host a wide variety of community events, including exhibitions, conferences, weddings, guest speaking programmes, concerts, private parties and school visits. The building will be available for hire and the adjacent Castle Green will host more community-based activities, open air concerts and cinema along with a variety of celebratory events.
Llantrisant Guildhall Restoration Project is being made possible due to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw, Garfield Weston Foundation, Welsh Church Act Fund, Visit Wales, Llantrisant Community Council, Llantrisant Town Trust and public donations, and professional support has been given by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council.
The Llantrisant Guildhall Opening Ceremony on Saturday August 24 2019 is at 11am
Listen here to listen to part one of our interview with Guildhall Manager Dean Powell,
And click play here to listen to part two of the interview