Gwynedd Council Museums to re-open

Date: 11/11/2020

The Lloyd George Museum is opening its doors for the first time this year, with new arrangements to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

Due to the pandemic, it was not possible to open the museums earlier this year, but all the necessary arrangements have been put in place at the Lloyd George Museum in Llanystumdwy. The museum will open to visitors on Fridays and Saturdays from 13 November until the beginning of December - but anyone wishing to attend will need to make an appointment in advance. For the first time, children under 16 will be able to visit for free.

Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for museums, said: “We are looking forward to seeing people back at our museums, enjoying the history, art and the many fascinating items.

“In order to protect visitors and staff, arrangements will be different than usual and we are grateful in advance to people for their understanding and patience as we reintroduce this valuable service.

“In the first instance, the Lloyd George Museum which tells the story of the former Prime Minister will re-open from 13 November, with a view to re-opening the Storiel museum and gallery in Bangor very soon. Please note that you will need to make an appointment before visiting and full details can be found on the Council's website. ”

The visit to the Lloyd George Museum will be different than usual with no access to some elements, but it will still be an opportunity to enjoy and learn about the life and career of the 'Welsh Wizard'. There is a unique display of objects telling his story - magnificently and uniquely decorated caskets and scrolls presented to him as as freedom of the city honours, such as a stunning silver model of Cricieth Castle presented by the town.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, it will not be possible to visit the cottage or view the usual 30 minute film. However, a short tour of Highgate, the cottage where Lloyd George grew up will be shown at the Museum. It will also be possible to visit the garden where Lloyd George grew vegetables as a child and see an art installation from 2019, 'No. 10'.

Llanystumdwy residents can visit for only 50 pence (booking fee) - so if you haven't visited in a while - this is a great time to book a ticket. You can learn how Lloyd George came to national attention because of a locked gate at Llanfrothen and check out the policeman's helmet worn by Lloyd George to escape an angry crowd in Birmingham. The museum also displays all kinds of items of historical importance including medals, paintings, images, documents such as the Treaty of Versailles, ‘Lloyd George's Crown’ (the first pension issued in Wales), clothing and personal items.

Gwynedd Council museum staff are also busy preparing to re-open Storiel under appointment arrangements. The museum and gallery in Bangor is due to re-open from 18 November.

For more information on what to see in the Museum and how to book a slot, visit: www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/LloydGeorgeMuseum

PHOTOGRAPH: The Lloyd George Museum in Llanystumdwy