Princes of Gwynedd

Thursday 06 December 2012

Princes of Gwynedd

Princes of Gwynedd

The Conwy Tourist Information Centre Hub and the Princes of Gwynedd Exhibition will be officially opened on 7 December 2012 by Cllr Stuart Anderson, Chairman of Conwy County Borough Council and Aron Jones from Glasfryn, Cerrigydrudion. It will take place at Muriau Buildings, Conwy at 4.30pm.

Aron’s interest in Welsh history and culture brought him to the public’s attention recently, when he wrote to the First Minister of Wales to secure a better memorial for the last ‘true’ Prince of Wales.

The Muriau Buildings are located on Rosehill Street, Conwy, LL32 8LD (opposite Vicarage Gardens Car Park).

The Princes of Gwynedd project is a consortium led by Conwy County Borough Council in partnership with Gwynedd Council, Snowdonia National Park Authority and the National Trust, as part of Cadw’s £19m Heritage Tourism Project which is largely funded by the Welsh Government and from EU Convergence Funds and will help maximise the economic value of heritage by increasing the number, length and value of visits to Wales.

As a Conwy County Borough resident, Aron was therefore an inspired choice to officially open this exhibition, which explores the story of the princes using contemporary poetry, animation and sound and light effects to capture the rich culture of medieval Gwynedd.

This development links the availability of an improved tourist information provision with an increased retail offer and a state of the art interpretation gateway which leads visitors into the mysteries and legends of Welsh history. An added facility available within the building is the presence of a new public toilet facility.

Visitors can use the Conwy exhibition to discover more about this remarkable chapter of Welsh history, and to find inspiration for new historic sites to visit in the area. This is the first hub to be opened. Web content including reconstructions of historic sites and further exhibitions at Caernarfon, Betws-y-Coed, Criccieth and Beddgelert, will bring the Princes of Gwynedd to an even wider audience across the two counties.  

The initiative has identified clusters of sites across Conwy and Gwynedd that tell the story of the Princes of Gwynedd, their achievements and their struggle for independence in medieval Gwynedd. These special exhibitions for Conwy, Caernarfon and Betws-y-Coed are supported by Cadw’s multi-million pound Heritage Tourism Project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.  

Minister for Housing Regeneration and Heritage, Huw Lewis said: 'I am delighted that Cadw is involved with this exhibition which offers an opportunity to connect the local community with its heritage in an innovative and exciting way and to attract more tourists to the area.

'Wales’s heritage provides an excellent opportunity to attract tourists to our country and through the Heritage Tourism Project, we are working on several interpretation projects across Wales to improve the visitor experience, and to encourage visitors to stay longer and explore other connected sites.'

Cllr Stuart Anderson, Chairman Conwy County Borough Council said, 'This redevelopment clearly demonstrates our commitment of continued investment and working in partnership to improve and increase the facilities on offer to visitors and residents alike within Conwy County Borough, in line with our Destination Conwy Action Plan.'

The funding of £450,000 from the Heritage Tourism Project will deliver a number of benefits including the creation of the equivalent of seven full-time posts through the wider economic impact of extra visitors, improved signage and interpretation panels at historic sites, design and development of a new website, interactive maps, MP3 applications, a new welcome centre at Craflwyn for Dinas Emrys and a series of community initiatives within the Conwy Valley.

It also aims to increase visitors to the region by upwards of 6,000 each year.

For further information please contact George Brookes George.brookes@conwy.gov.uk or Helen Bradley Helen.bradley@conwy.gov.uk  at Conwy County Borough Council on (01492) 574577 or 575535.

The Muriau Buildings are located on Rosehill Street, Conwy, LL32 8LD (opposite Vicarage Gardens Car Park).

The Princes of Gwynedd project is a consortium led by Conwy County Borough Council in partnership with Gwynedd Council, Snowdonia National Park Authority and the National Trust, as part of Cadw’s £19m Heritage Tourism Project which is largely funded by the Welsh Government and from EU Convergence Funds and will help maximise the economic value of heritage by increasing the number, length and value of visits to Wales.