Collections

Cluster of Collections

Erddig’s collection of many keys sorted by our collections team © ErddigNT

Erddig’s collection of many keys sorted by our collections team

Our teams in Wales certainly have their hands full showcasing our great collections.

This year we're taking a new approach on how we display these treasures at Erddig and Llanerchaeron.

Erddig is home to the second largest collection in the National Trust, so it’s little wonder that we keep finding objects tucked away in store rooms. Similarly, Llanerchaeron in Ceredigion has an impressive collection of more than 5,000 objects.

Powis Castle's mystery table

Pietre dure table from Powis Castle © Paul Highnam

Pietre dure table from Powis Castle

The pietre dure table (Italian, ‘hard stone’) at Powis Castle dates back to about 1560 and is thought to be from the Borghese Palace in Rome. It was first recorded in an inventory at the castle in 1793, but when it first arrived has not been clearly proven.

Battle won at The Kymin's Naval Temple

Colourful flags in the mural that adorn the Naval Temple © Philip Park

Colourful flags in the mural that adorn the Naval Temple

The Naval Temple at The Kymin, near Monmouth in South-East Wales, is the only memorial in existence that celebrates an entire navy.

One of our specialist teams recently completed the restoration to return the Naval Temple to its early 19th-century appearance. It took more than a year to complete in 2011 and 2012.

The Ty Mawr Bible

The frontispiece of the Ty Mawr Bible © National Trust

The frontispiece of the Ty Mawr Bible

Tucked away in a valley on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park sits the modest, but historic farm house of Ty Mawr Wybrnant (near Penmachno).

It is the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan (c.1545-1604), the man who translated the Bible into Welsh.
Today, we continue to celebrate William Morgan’s achievements at his birthplace.

Chirk Castle's Red Hand of history

The Myddleton family pedigree after restoration © National Trust

The Myddleton family pedigree after restoration

A rare document detailing centuries of family history dating back to circa 1660 is now on public display at Chirk Castle, near Wrexham in North-East Wales.

For the first time you can see the Myddelton Pedigree, a document dating back to the mid-17th century that maps the ancestry of the family through the lines of Welsh princes and rulers of ancient Britain.

Our collections

In Wales we have more than  50,000 items in our collections. For conservation reasons some are rarely on display, but for the first time you can see many of them online.

Seek out our treasures

We care for hundreds of thousands of precious items – from painting to ceramics, toys to clothing. Why not discover a bit more about what we look after?

Arts, Buildings & Collections bulletin

The Arts, Buildings & Collections bulletin,  ABC Bulletin, showcases curatorial and conservation news, projects and expertise.

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