St Fagans National Museum of History

Making History

The Main Building today

The Main Building today

Llys Rhosir
Bryn Eryr Iron Age Farmstead at St Fagans National Museum of History

Bryn Eryr Iron Age Farmstead at St Fagans National Museum of History

St Fagans National Museum of History is undergoing the biggest redevelopment project in its history – an exciting £25.5 million project to transform this much-loved museum. This has been made possible thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Welsh Government and other supporters. St Fagans was awarded the largest grant ever given by the HLF in Wales, £11.5 million, in 2012 to help tell the stories of life in Wales over 200,000 years and more.

We will be extending the timeline of the stories told at St Fagans, so that visitors can follow the stories of the people of Wales from the very first human inhabitants to the present day and beyond.

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St Fagans has always been a museum about the people of Wales. Through the Making History project we want to involve even more of you in developing its future.

Here are our plans for improving St Fagans, but the plans aren't complete without your views. We want you to get involved - both on site and online - in the work of developing the buildings, exhibitions and activities.

Ways to Give to St Fagans

We are creating:

  • A striking entrance to welcome you to St Fagans.
  • Activity and event spaces, an auditorium and better facilities for schools.
  • A dedicated research space where you can study our collections.
  • A cafe with views across the site, and access to a new play area.

On the site there will also be a brand new ecofriendly building with facilities for craft workshops and open-air performances.

Over 230,000 years of history

For the first time, you will be able to explore life in Wales from the earliest humans to present day life in St Fagans. We want to turn the Main Entrance Building into a place not just to pass through but to spend time in, enjoy and remember.

Fascinating galleries

Exciting new galleries will look at three aspects of our history for you to delve into. Come by to:

  • discuss and debate how, when and why Wales became a nation
  • discover details about different people's day to day lives, through the ages
  • celebrate and learn the creative skills of generations of craftspeople.

Experimental archaeology

The archaeological experience will extend out into the open-air site.

  • In 2016 we opened Bryn Eryr an Iron Age Farmstead. The roundhouses, which are based on an archaeological site from the time of the Roman conquest, are a recreation of a small Iron Age farmstead near Llansadwrn in the eastern corner of Anglesey.

Using archaeological evidence, we will recreate:

  • Llys Llywelyn one of the courts of the Princes of Gwynedd. The reconsturction of the great hall from the original Llys Rhosyr site on Anglesey, north Wales, built around 1200 AD, is one of the most exciting and challenging archaeological projects attempted in Wales. With nine-metre high stone walls and a thatched timber roof, the building of the court will provide apprenticeships and trainee placements to work with our Historic Buildings Unit. Once completed, schools and community groups from across Wales will, for the first time, be able to stay overnight at the building.