Creating a meaningful place for the community

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the restoration of Llwyn Celyn has been a catalyst for wider inspiration – five craft training ‘heritage at work’ weeks were attended by over 100 people, a thriving local history group have produced a book on the history of their valley, schools have visited and five artists-in-residence developed creative responses to the project.

Volunteering at Llwyn Celyn

Volunteers from as far north as Scotland have made the trek down to Llwyn Celyn to work in and around this amazing historic site.

Our volunteers - including NVQ students and apprentices - have taken part in repointing, dry stone walling, hedge planting and much more, helping to save the site for years to come.

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Heritage at Work

'Heritage at Work' weeks were a new initiative for Landmark, conceived as part of our Heritage Lottery-funded outreach programme. There were four Heritage at Work weeks during the project when space was made in the works schedule for volunteers to come to site and learn about traditional materials and building techniques; have a go at some of them themselves, and generally help with tasks on the wider site. This blog, written in September 2016 by Landmark’s Engagement Manager, gives a good sense of what Heritage at Work weeks were all about.

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Artists in residence

Four artists and one writer have been commissioned to create new work in response to the restoration and conservation work at Llwyn Celyn. Each will interpret the site in their own way, capturing the activity, history, processes and materials. The artists’ residencies are part of PEAK, an ongoing programme of Contemporary Art in the Black Mountains, organised by Arts Alive Wales in Crickhowell.

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Community spaces

Ideal for retreats and workshops

Several Grade II-listed ancillary farming outbuildings survive alongside the main house. These have also been repaired and are now offered as an interpretation space open to all during daylight hours, a mixed community-use space for craft training workshops, and a bunk house for Duke of Edinburgh candidates.

Both the Threshing Barn and the Bunkhouse can be booked for community use - ideal if you are planning a residential retreat or a weekend creative workshop.

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