St.Mary's Street, Whitland
Tel: (01994) 240867
The Interpretive Centre
The building which was designed by Peter Lord and the architect Dafydd Thomas from the Prys Edwards Partnership, Aberystwyth extends the symbolism of the gardens. The architect designed an unique building which has three wooden crucks, which support the roof and remind us of the medieval buildings. Another feature, which prepares the visitor for the journey into history, is the arched entrance, with its low roof supported by a simple colonnade. Etched into the front windows is the ‘Prologue' to the manuscripts as well as a reproduction of some of the Peniarth MS28 pictures. In order to relate the building with the gardens, the sill has been sunk below floor level and one wall is shared with the women's garden.
It includes a permanent exhibition about Hywel and the Law, prepared by the historians Malcolm and Cyril Jones, as well as descriptive art work in glass, brick, ceramics and steel.
The wrought iron work is by David Petersen, St. Clears and the ceramic plaques above the main entrance, which recall the connection of the site with the cattle mart, by Maggie Humphreys of Ruthin.
Space is also provided for a shop, book display, audio-visual system, art exhibitions by established and rising artists, lectures and research work. It is also available for local classes and societies.
Craftsmanship at it's best
The three laminated crucks in the main structure even the finer details of the door handles.
The enamel work by Peter Lord the designer of the memorial. Also calligraphy work cut on the slate by Nicky Henshaw. The ceramic plaques reminding us of the site of the former cattle market.
Wrought iron work garden gate and panel in the Willow Garden.
The etched glass work in the doors.
The Centre is an ideal venue for meetings and exhibitions, as well as school and college visits. It is recognized as a centre for small businesses to hold conference and training days, with broadband and WiFi facilities available
Prince of Wales Design Award
Civic Trust Award