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Telling the Story of Anglesey at the National Eisteddfod


Once again visitors to the National Eisteddfod will be given the opportunity to visit  Y Lle Hanes (The History Place) - a space that celebrates the unique history and heritage of the Eisteddfod’s locality.

This year's Y Lle Hanes is a partnership between Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, the National Library of Wales, Cadw, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, People's Collection Wales, Oriel Môn and Gwynedd Archaeological Trust.

There will be an exhibition, exciting objects and a range of activities covering a broad period of Welsh history to inspire visitors of all ages.

Amongst the main objects will be:

  • The Mold Eisteddfod Chair, 1873, won by Hwfa Môn for his ‘awdl’ 'Caradog yn Rhufain'.
  • The Archdruid Costume worn between 1986-2009, including Eisteddfod Mon, 1999.
  • A reproduction of the White Book of Rhydderch which is held at the National Library of Wales, one of the most important Welsh manuscripts which contains the earliest collection of Welsh language legends, apart for the Red Book of Hergest.
  • A replica of a slave chain from Llyn Cerrig Bach

Throughout the week, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a fake archaeological excavation, help create a community wall hanging for Llys Llywelyn at St Fagans and discuss archaeological collections. There will also be regular performances by Mewn Cymeriad, introducing different historical characters to children and families, from Monday to Friday.

The official opening of y Lle Hanes will take place at 3pm on Saturday 5th August, led by the local Assembly Member, Rhun ap Iorwerth.

On Sunday, 6 August, there will be workshops under the care of the Swtan Cottage Heritage Museum which focus on leisure time and washing day followed by a workshop the following day presenting a facsimile of Hedd Wyn’s winning awdl 'The Hero'.

On Tuesday, 8th August, visitors can enjoy a 20-minute taster of the planned Community Opera on the life of Llywelyn Fawr at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m, and throughout the week, there will be a whole host of entertaining talks on different aspects of Welsh history on the stand and also at Pabell y Cymdeithasau (Societeies Tent).

Visitors to the Maes, as well as those who can not attend the Eisteddfod itself, can access information on all the objects displayed at Y Lle Hanes during the week on the website

Sioned Hughes, Head of Public History at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales said:

"We had a great response to last year's stand in Abergavenny, and we are proud to be able to join together again this year with the other national and local bodies to create Y Lle Hanes that will be unique to Anglesey.

"There are interesting objects, pictures and stories from all the partners involved from around the Island, and it's great to be able to share these with visitors throughout the week.

"Our hope is to stimulate people to become more interested in Welsh history, and we are looking forward to seeing how visitors respond to this year's content."
The National Library's Collections and Public Programs Director, Pedr ap Llwyd said:

"Our aim is to bring history to life on the Eisteddfod field and share the wealth of our national collections with the public".

Follow the activity on the Y Lle Hanes stand all week on social media using #llehanes.

Activity Programme

For more information, contact

Lleucu Cooke - 02920 573175 or
Heledd Fychan - 07846 294927 -