Radnorshire Museum, an accredited museum, is situated in a building funded by the Carnegie Trust as the town library and is in the middle of one the prettiest Spa towns in Wales. Llandrindod Wells has been visited by people wishing to taking the waters for medical problems since Dr Linden's famous treatise in 1756. The Radnorshire Museum is the County Museum for the old shire county of Radnorshire, (now part of the old Welsh Kingdom of Powys) and tells the story of Radnorshire from the mid-Ordivician to the 1950's.
April-September inc. Tues-Fri 10.00-16.00
Bank Holiday Mon 10.00-17.00
October-March Tues-Fri 10.00-16.00
Closed Mon except Bank Holiday Mon. Open 10.00-17.00
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
Powys Residents: Free
Our small library and research room is open to the public by appointment only. Groups should be pre-booked.
Radnorshire has provided archaeologists with fertile soil, and their discoveries may be seen at the Museum. Amongst them are the excavations from Castell Collen, the main site of the Roman Mid-Wales defence; Capel Maelog, unusual with its final appearance as a double-apsed building; the Sheela-na-Gig, one of only three in Wales; a primitive logboat, recently dated to 1198 - 1228 AD, hewn from a single massive oak; a Grinshill stone corbel head from Abbey-cwm-hir.
Other popular items include a collection of photographs and plate-glass negatives from the late Victorian period to the 1960s. Many of these images are incorporated into the permanent display. Appointments to view the stored images may be made by contacting Will Adams.
The Kilvert Society's exhibiton relating to the Reverend Francis Kilvert, the well-loved Victorian diarist who spent his final youthful years as curate to the Reverend Venables in Clyro, is on permanent display.
The Radnorshire museum also has many items from the days of the Victorian Spa, including costume, ceramics, postcards, a needlespray brass shower and wicker work chairs. There is also an area devoted to rural life in the surrounding villages. This includes artefacts from a smithy, farm implements and some interesting oral histories.
The museum also holds the Reverend F K Ehrenzeller collection of fossils and geological specimens, some of which are on permanent display. Recently discovered Ordivician sponges and echinoderms now form part of the major Builth Inlier fossil exhibition mounted by Drs. Botting and Muir in 2006.
Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Medicine, Personalities, Photography, Social History, Sport, Toys and Hobbies
Key artists and exhibits
- Thomas Jones
- The Oak Tree at Pencerrig.
- William Stone
- Joseph Murray Ince
- John Roberts' welsh triple harp
- The Reverend Francis Kilvert
- Mid-Ordivician palaeontology.
- The History of the Walton Basin - virtual model
- Roman bronze bell