Ysgol Santes Dwynwen School from Newborough, Anglesey have become the first ever school to experience a sleepover with a difference at Llys Llywelyn, a recreation of a medieval prince’s hall at St Fagans National Museum of History.
Llys Llywelyn, a reconstruction of a court of the Princes of Gwynedd, is based on two of the buildings excavated at Llys Rhosyr on Anglesey, north Wales, supported by architectural and historical evidence from other sites.
Stepping back in time to the 13th century, pupils dressed in costume, recreated a medieval feast, and played games from the period, before sleeping under the painted eves of the hall.
These two majestic buildings based on evidence from the time of Llywelyn the Great, provide visitors with a vivid insight into one of the pivotal moments in Welsh history.
Rhiannon Thomas, Learning, Participation and Interpretation Manager, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, said:
“The first sleepover at Llys Llywelyn marks a pivotal point in the Museum’s history. For the first time, pupils are able to stay overnight, making a visit to the Museum more accessible for schools from across the whole of Wales. It is truly a memorable experience for the children as they are able to step back in time and discover what it was like to experience the royal court of the Princes of Gwynedd.”
Iwan Jones Deputy Head teacher at Ysgol Santes Dwynwen said:
“We’re thrilled to be the first school to experience a medieval sleepover at Llys Llywelyn. The idea of a sleepover at the medieval hall came from the pupils themselves and so it’s brilliant to see it come to fruition.”
In October 2018, St Fagans National Museum of History completed the biggest redevelopment project in the history of the Museum. This was made possible by funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Welsh Government and other supporters. St Fagans was awarded the largest grant ever given by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales in 2012 to help tell the stories of life in Wales over 200,000 years and more. The education programme at Llys Llywelyn has been generously supported by funding from the Hodge Foundation – the charitable foundation set up in 1962 by Sir Julian Hodge.
St Fagans National Museum of History has been selected as one of five finalists for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019, regarded as the most prestigious museum prize in the world. The annual award celebrates innovation and exceptional achievement in museums and galleries across the UK.
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales operates seven museums across Wales including National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans National History Museum, the National Roman Legion Museum, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, the National Wool Museum, the National Slate Museum and the National Waterfront Museum.
Entry to all seven national museum is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Government.