Montgomeryshire Archives and Libraries
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Record Office[edit | edit source]
Montgomeryshire Record Office
Ddole Road Enterprise Park
Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 6DF UK
Telephone: 01597 826088
Website: Montgomeryshire Record Office
Website #2: Powys Archives
- Montgomeryshire Record Office is situated in Llandrindod Wells. Powys was created in 1974 from Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire and became a unitary county in 1996. They hold resources relating to this area. Dating from the fourteenth century, these resources cover many different topics, so are useful to anyone interested in conducting research of any type.
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Montgomery, Powys SY15 6RA UK
Telephone: 01686 668937
Website: Montgomery Library
Museums[edit | edit source]
- The museum depicts the history of the Borough of Llanidloes during the last 300 years. Exhibits include a recreated Victorian kitchen, parlour, and gentleman’s study.
- The Textile Museum in Newtown - just over the bridge into Commercial Street gives visitors a chance to see how the handloom weavers of the mid-19th century lived and worked. The block which houses the Museum was built in the 1830s as a hand-loom weaving factory, the looms occupying the third and fourth floor above three pairs of back-to-back cottages on the lower floors. Newtown's development into a centre of industry is described through exhibits in the former cottages, while on the top two floors the story of fleece to flannel is illustrated by looms and spinning wheels, alongside displays of related industries and influential local people such as Pryce Jones.
- The Old Bell, a 16th century inn, has been converted into a local history museum by Montgomery Civic Society. Eleven rooms house displays illustrating the long social and civic history of the ancient County Town of Montgomeryshire. There are permanent exhibitions relating to the medieval and Norman castles and their archaeological excavations with excellent scale models of both. Two rooms are devoted to the Workhouse and the Cambrian Railways. A small room in the museum has been restored to demonstrate the various methods of construction in this half timbered building.
- Powysland Museum illustrates the archaeology and social history of Montgomeryshire from the earliest prehistoric settlers to the 20th century. It’s housed in a renovated and restored warehouse beside the Montgomery Canal.
Archives[edit | edit source]
- The Powys County Archives Office serves as the official repository for the records of the current county of Powys (established in 1974) and the three incorporated former counties of Breconshire, Montgomeryshire, and Radnorshire.