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Plas Mawr
25 Mar 2022

The volunteers of Plas Mawr have been shortlisted for the prestigious Museums and Heritage Volunteers of the Year award.

The wonderful cohort of volunteers at Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town house have gone over and above during the pandemic to make sure that Plas Mawr house still remained one of the most welcoming heritage jewels in Wales’ crown.

It has been challenging times for everyone and the educational element of the usual Plas Mawr experience was restricted due to the pandemic and schools were not able to visit. However, the innovative team of committed volunteers got together with the Cadw Lifelong Learning team and custodians to help create and star in a film showing the Tudor household preparing for a party.

This involved dressing in the beautiful and historically accurate clothes which the volunteers have made in their sewing sessions; creating the items needed for washing and teeth cleaning and really ‘Preparing for a Party’. Including the dressing of Robert Wynn and his wife Dorothy (played by our very own Clive and Jayne) and the all-important dance lessons.

This creative film was a part of live virtual sessions for schools across Wales, hosted by the well-known TV star Llion Williams during the Children’s Festival of Welsh History fortnight.

They were so successful in creating this experience, and with their ongoing commitment to Plas Mawr, that the team where put forward for the prestigious Museums and Heritage Volunteer of the year Award.

The Museums and Heritage Awards had a huge number of entries and the competition was tough but out of all the entries from across the UK, the judges came up with a shortlist of six and the volunteer team of Plas Mawr are one of them. 

The winners will be announced at a real-life, in-person, glittering ceremony on the evening of Wednesday 11 May in London.

We are absolutely thrilled for them. To be shortlisted really is an accolade and brilliant testament to their fabulous skills and commitment.  We hope they have a well-deserved, great experience at the awards and wish them well.

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