Yr Ysgwrn

Ellis Humphrey Evans, better known by his bardic name, Hedd Wyn, was raised at Yr Ysgwrn and is best known for his poems that reflect on the horrors of the First World War. This project will ensure its conservation.

Yr Ysgwrn inspired so much of his work, and the project will safeguard collections relating to Hedd Wyn including Y Gadair Ddu (The Black Chair), the 1917 National Eisteddfod Chair awarded to him after he was killed in action on the fields of Flanders.  The building has become a place of pilgrimage for visitors from Wales and around the world and will also be developed into a museum and interpretation centre. 

It will include exhibitions and education facilities, as well as hosting numerous projects and workshops and producing online resources to engage with a wider audience.  A key element of the conservation work is to capture and safeguard the knowledge of Hedd Wyn’s nephew, Gerald Williams, both about Hedd Wyn’s family life and about how the farm was worked so that it can continue to be maintained using traditional methods. More information can be found on the official Yr Ysgwrn web page.

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