From castles to cottages, from cairns to cromlechs, and from landscapes to lighthouses, Wales is renowned for its rich history, archaeology and architecture. The Royal Commission has a leading role in presenting authoritative information about the architectural and archaeological heritage of Wales. The task of the Public Engagement Team is to promote the wealth of material available in the National Monuments Record of Wales, and the Royal Commission’s current research work to the widest possible audience.
Exhibitions: The Royal Commission regularly prepares exhibitions for national events like the Royal Welsh Show and National Eisteddfod, as well as for local events. Exhibitions are based on current thematic projects, e.g., chapels, dendrochonology, maritime and uplands, or regional surveys of monuments.
Presentations: Talks and lectures are a popular feature of our outreach activities. Recent lectures have included Searching for the Oldest Houses in Wales, Photographing Historic Buildings, Abermagwr Roman Villa, Tai Gweithwyr Cymru (Welsh Workingmen’s houses) and Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site.
Publications: The Royal Commission publishes a wide range of superbly illustrated books. One of our first publications, [5-4-1]The Flint Inventory, is now freely available to download. Details of current publications are available in the bookshop and there is a discount for Friends.
Education: The Royal Commission’s educational material can be used to support the National Curriculum and educational projects. Suggestions and ideas are available in the learning section of the website.
Friends: The Royal Commission has a wide network of supporters. Joining the Friends of the Royal Commission is both simple and free. Simply register your details with us to join our Friends network. The benefits of joining are numerous ― regular newsletters will keep you updated with all our current projects and accessions, there are discounts on all our publications, and there will be an exclusive annual Friend’s forum with keynote speakers, as well as volunteering opportunities at the Commission.