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 a 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.
The Centre includes a permanent exhibition about Hywel Dda and the Law, prepared by the historians Malcolm and Cyril Jones, as well as a facsimile of the noted 14th century ‘Boston Manuscript’, having recently been returned to Wales following two centuries in America. We are thankful for the generosity of the National Library of Wales in presenting us with this facsimile copy.
There is also a medieval tile on display which originates from Whitland Abbey, a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1151. The tile displays the Lamb of God holding a banner aloft and a number of other symbols. On a fine day visitors can collect a copy of the ‘Living Peaceful Lives’ pamphlet which details a walk from the Centre to the remains of the historic abbey.
The Centre also contains 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, and 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