Pembroke Castle reveals "largest painting in Britain" as part of new interpretation

By Culture24 Reporter | 10 October 2014

A giant map of Wales is vying for the title of Britain's largest painting while teaching Welsh medieval history at Pembroke Castle

an aerial view of a great colourful map in a castle grounds
The Great Map of Wales at Pembroke Castle© Pembroke Castle
With its imposing keep and rocky promontory Pembroke Castle can lay claim to being one of the most impressive castle complexes in the British Isles, but the imposing medieval fortress birthplace of Henry VII is now home to what is quite possibly the largest painting in Britain.

The Great Map of Wales is a large-scale representation of Welsh medieval heritage, which at over 1100 square metres, is larger than two tennis courts.

It has been designed by graphic and exhibition design company Hotrod Creations, painted by muralist Peter Barber and unveiled across the lawns in the centre of imposing ruins as part of a suite of new digital and graphic enhancements designed to bring the history of the castle alive.

Visitors can walk over the map and trace the routes and fortunes of the invading Norman barons, the resistance of independent Welsh princes to the rule Edward I and the later Plantagenet royal conquerors. 

These intertwined stories left Wales with its particular landscape, containing the highest density of castles in the world – all of them now mapped out under the feet of visitors.

Elsewhere new innovations are promised in "every nook and cranny" of the site including audio and video encounters with five of the Earls who held Pembroke through times of national turmoil and an interactive smartphone web tool enabling them to hear ‘first hand’ personal accounts from the castle’s medieval occupants about their daily lives.

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hi, i am friends with many of the people that work in pembroke castle and i find the painting very interesting. ive decided to write this comment to express my feelings and love for pembroke castle which is a lovvely pllace with lots of friendly staff. you should go visit for a holiday xx
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