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Yr Ysgwrn - What next

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23 April 2015

At an Open Day on Saturday, April 25th, there will be an opportunity for the public to see what developments are underway at the historic home of Hedd Wyn, Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd.

Following support from the Welsh Government in 2012, Snowdonia National Park Authority was able secure Yr Ysgwrn for the nation, and after receiving financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, detailed plans for developing the site were drawn. The aim of the project is to ensure that this historic home and its atmosphere is protected, accessibility on the site will be improved, and Yr Ysgwrn’s timeless massages culture, society and the Great War will be presented to the public.

After a period of consultation with organizations, groups and communities, the final plans have now been agreed and there will be an opportunity at the Open Day on Saturday for the public to view these plans. Some of the main changes will be:

  • Opening the farmhouse to the public, including the buttery, the pantry and the bedrooms with interpretation in these rooms focusing on the life and work of Hedd Wyn.
  • Converting Beudy Llwyd (an old cow house) to a welcome building which will include a reception, cafe, education room, study room and an exhibition room.
  • Restoring Beudy Tŷ (an old barn) to include a film about the Great War, interpretation of rural life and culture of the period, and adapting the building to enable events to be held there. .
  • Turn the Pigsty to a Bat House.
  • Demolish the existing agricultural shed and build a new environmentally friendly shed (with grass roof), in its place.
  • In addition, there will be a specific car park for visitors and a biomass boiler will be built next to the pigsty.

Sian Griffiths is Yr Ysgwrn’s Project Manager. She said,

"What is vitally important is that we keep the atmosphere of Yr Ysgwrn. We are extremely grateful to Gerald Williams, Hedd Wyn's nephew and his family, for the special care they have taken of the home for all these years, and our responsibility now is to continue with the same care and keep the door open for future generations. "

The major work of developing Yr Ysgwrn will begin this summer and continue until the spring of 2017. In the meantime, from next winter, Yr Ysgwrn will not be open to the public, but Open Days during the development phase will be held which will focus on particular aspects of the work. In the meantime, a temporary exhibition of Yr Ysgwrn will be located at Plas Tan y Bwlch (about 7 miles away) and will include a replica of Y Gadair Ddu (the Black Chair).

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Notes to Editors

  1. The exhibition at Plas Tan y Bwlch will also include a copy of Yr Ysgwrn’s kitchen made from papier mache created by local school children and artist Luned Rhys Parri.
  2. Purcell Company is responsible for the plans to develop Yr Ysgwrn.
  3. Hedd Wyn won the chair at Birkenhead in 1917 for his poem, The Hero, but was killed in the Battle of Passchendaele six weeks before it was announced that he was the winner of the Eisteddfod Chair.
  4. It is believed that Yr Ysgwrn, a Grade II * listed building near Trawsfynydd, existed in 1519. The property includes the farmhouse, outbuildings, bungalow, agricultural land, 6 Eisteddfod chairs and important archival material.
  5. Bilingual Tweets from @yrYsgwrn and Facebook pages include the latest news about the development of Hedd Wyn's home.