St Fagans National Museum of History in Wales marks a milestone in its Making History project this week with the opening of Gweithdy, a new exhibition and visitor hub by FCBStudios and the reopening of the Main Entrance building following a major refurbishment by Purcell Architects.
Gweithdy is a brand new sustainable building which celebrates the skills of makers past and present, and encourages visitors of all ages to experience them first-hand. Gweithdy, which translates as ‘workshop’ provides a range of spaces, indoors and outdoors, to host craft courses, science experiments and archaeological workshops and engage with the newly conserved formal landscape of the parkland. A built-in forge under cover of the building canopy will be used for metalwork demonstrations and other heavy crafts activities, and create a focal point for this part of the park. Gweithdy also houses a new coffee shop and visitor toilets.
Once complete in autumn 2018, new galleries will open in both the main building and Gweithdy, combining the National Museum of Wales’ history and archaeology collections for the first time. The range of objects will cover a 240,000 year time span including items from the collection which have never been on display before.
Richard Collis, Partner at FCBStudios said “The culture, heritage and creativity of Wales will be celebrated in our new gallery, workshop and visitor hub at St Fagans. The building aims to integrate with the sensitive landscape setting, be a good example of environmentally responsible design, provide a flexible range of activity spaces and create an inviting new destination for the Museum.”