Mae’r arddangosfa gymunedol newydd wedi cyrraedd! Byddwn yn arddangos uchafbwyntiau ein casgliad hanes lleol gyda’i gilydd am y tro cyntaf. Bydd cyfle i weld dillad galar o oes Fictoria, teganau a wnaed gan Garcharorion Rhyfel o’r Almaen, y gist bleidleisio rheithgor hynaf yn Ewrop, a llawer mwy. Y peth mwyaf hynod yn yr arddangosfa yw tarian yr Ymerawdwr o Ethiopia, enillon ni ddwy wobr genedlaethol am ddiogelu hon yn 2017.
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Museums & monuments
Museums. The very word can sound a bit dusty. But here in Mid Wales we’re not too keen on the “look but don’t touch” approach to history.
Our museums are time machines that transport you to a very different world. And they’re not just for pointing at. They appeal to all the senses.
From the very moment you step through the baize-covered door of the Judge’s Lodging in Presteigne, for example, you’ll believe you’re back in the 1870s.
You can smell the paraffin lamps, pump water in the kitchen, feel the dampness of the cells and hear the trial of the unfortunate William Morgan, local duck thief, echoing in the vast wood-panelled courtroom.
You won’t find museums like this anywhere else in Britain. That’s because they’re devoted to local heroes – like the Robert Owen Memorial Museum in Newtown – or they reflect the quirks and eccentricities of true enthusiasts.
Which is why we have both the largest collection of historic bikes in Britain (The National Cycle Collection at Llandrindod Wells) and the only permanent display of automata, or moving toys, at Machinations near Machynlleth.
Look out too for the famous two-headed lamb at Llanidloes Museum or the rare Sheelah-na-gig, a carved stone woman with no inhibitions, at the Radnorshire Museum in Llandrindod Wells.
Our museums aren’t just packed full of interesting stuff – they’re heritage experiences in their own right. Newtown Textile Museum, for instance, is an old weaver’s cottage. Powysland Museum at Welshpool is a former canalside warehouse.
But the prize for atmosphere probably goes to the Welsh Crannog Centre – a thatched round house on stilts above Llangorse Lake.
Fancy a personal tour of a private castle site? Then we have a very special treat for you in 2017! Stapleton Castle occupies a commanding position on the hill overlooking Presteigne. It has no public access, due to the perilous state of the ruins. However for 2015 we are pleased to announce that the owners, Trefor & Margaret Griffiths, are offering guided walks to private parties around the site. Tours last a minimum of one hour and include the site of the 12th century castle, the ruins of the 17th century house, the mill site and a relaxing stroll through the gardens.
The new community exhibition has arrived! Bringing together on show for the first time, some of the real highlights of the local history collection, including Victorian mourning clothes, toys made by German POWs, the oldest Jury ballot box in Europe and much more. Star of the show is an Ethiopian Emperor's shield, which earned two national awards for its conservation in 2015.
Cyfle i ddarganfod sut mae Cronfa Treftadaeth y Loteri wedi helpu llunio partneriaethau i fuddsoddi £3 miliwn i gadw a gwella Stad Elan a chymunedau lleol.