The Royal Commission has identified 6,200 chapels in Wales - more than anyone had estimated. By the First World War there was one chapel for every 400 people. Details of all 6,200 are being made available online. You can view descriptions of chapels in every part of Wales through Coflein. In many cases, photographs plans or archive materials are also available.
The Royal Commission embarked on the major recording project ten years ago, with Capel: the Chapels Heritage Society, to photograph and record every Nonconformist chapel in Wales. Study of the chapels was an urgent task; with declining congregations, many were being lost to dereliction or demolition each year.
To find information and images of a selection of churches in Wales please search Coflein.
To find images, including recent aerial photographs, or information about monasteries in Wales Coflein can be a good source of information.
Educational resources for this section will be developed soon.
Are you undertaking a project involving the heritage of Wales? How about entering The Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative annual competition? For further details visit their website via the link below.