Princely Exhibition for a National Hero
An exciting new exhibition is to open on Saturday 18th June 2011 in the newly renovated Owain Glyndŵr Centre in Machynlleth. This innovative and up-to-date exhibition, a complete redesign and updating of the previous exhibition, provides a colourful, informative - and sometimes intriguing - glimpse into the life and times of Owain Glyndŵr, gentleman and soldier, lawyer turned rebel, national hero and self-proclaimed Prince of Wales.
The exhibition features, among other attractions, a specially commissioned video of Glyndŵr's Parliament of 1404, a replica Medieval broadsword of the type Owain's men would have wielded in battle, authentic reproductions of period costumes (which you can try on!) and stirring Welsh banners, which would have been proudly held aloft as a symbol of resistance, national pride and of Owain's princely claim.
In addition, an interactive computer timeline and descriptive display panels provide detailed chronological information about Glyndŵr's life and times and the ill-fated rebellion. The Centre also houses the famous Urquhart Murray Mural, a unique large-scale pictorial representation of Glyndŵr's pivotal victory at the Battle of Hyddgen in 1402. A chance to read the famous Pennal Letter that Owain wrote to the King of France in 1406, in which he styles himself 'Prince of Wales', and to try your hand at the art of brass rubbing, makes this an exhibition not to be missed!
The Owain Glyndŵr Centre will be officially opened on Saturday 18th June by Mr Carwyn Jones A.M, the First Minister of the Government of Wales, who will unveil a stone plaque to record this momentous event, which promises to be a gala day for Machynlleth - with tea and buns to boot!
SNEAK PREVIEW - Prior to the official opening, the exhibition will be open to the public, free of charge, on Friday 17th June - don't miss out !!
The renovation scheme and new exhibition has been promoted and funded by Cadw and the Government of Wales. The development of the old Parliament Building comprises phase one of the proposed development of the Owain Glyndŵr Centre as a National Heritage Centre.
For further information please contact, Mr Henry Evans on 01654 702214, Mr Wyn Thomas on 01267 241215 or Mr Glyn Jones on 01654 700122, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org