New guidebook for St Fagans

Jan 16, 2019

Just been down to St Fagans to see the changes there, and to try out our new guidebook on site! It has a clear, bilingual design features beautiful new photography from Aled Llywelyn and Philip Griffiths. As a huge fan of St Fagans, it was great to be asked to design this, especially at this exciting moment in the museum’s history, with so many new things happening.

Cover of new St Fagans guidebook

Life is…

The new galleries are stunning – bright and colourful with lots of interactive elements. In the Byw a bod/Life is… gallery it was great to see place mats we designed for young children in action. Each mat has some information about a period in history, e.g. Roman or Tudor, and children can create a meal to suit the period, with fake food items.

Pages from new St Fagans guidebook

I love the giant historic photos of people from Wales, and the copy of the famous Deganwy stone head of Llywelyn ap Iowerth, Llywelyn the Great (featured in Wales in 100 Objects book!) which you can touch. The motto of the new galleries is:

Dewch i grey hanes gyda ni!

Don’t just visit history, be part of it!

The outdoor experience has always been great here, and the new galleries add a fantastic new dimension.

Llys Llywelyn

This is a new building, a reconstruction of Llywelyn ap Iowerth’s medieval court. Next to it is a smaller building, where children can stay for sleepovers, with medieval feasts in the hall – what a great idea! We were thrilled to be asked to design the interpretation for this hall, and it was great to see it in action! Rather than traditional interpretation panels, information about the hall and the people who would have used it is shown on table cloths, which are set with jugs and implements. Ill be writing more about this in another blog soon, it was a fascinating process.

Detail of tablecloth in Llys Llywelyn, St Fagans