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Owain Glyndwr Centre

The Owain Glyndŵr Centre is built on the site of the famous parliament held in 1404 at which Owain was crowned Prince of Wales. This Grade 1 listed building was given to the town of Machynlleth by Lord Davies of Llandinam in February, 1912. Following recent extensive renovation, costing around £250,000, the Centre has now reopened as a National Heritage Centre.
 
The Centre hosts a new interactive and informative exhibition on the life, times and vision of Owain Glyndŵr - rebel leader, national hero and self appointed prince of Wales at the beginning of the fifteenth century.
 
Owain Glyndŵr lived over 600 years ago and yet today remains one of the most heroic figures in Welsh history. Owain was a natural leader and an astute statesman who united and led the Welsh against English rule. However, in some senses Owain was the spark that ignited the Welsh discontent about specific issues in Wales, many dating from the death of Llywelyn the Last, who was killed in 1282.
 
Iolo Goch, in many respects Glyndŵr’s household poet, provides us with an indication of Glyndŵr’s respect for the labouring class in his poem to the ploughman. Iolo praises his fundamental role in society – ‘Nid bywyd, nid byd heb ef’ / ‘there is no life, no world without him.’ The fact that Welsh labourers left their livings and returned from England to support Owain Glyndŵr is evidence both of his charismatic influence as the leader of a Wales free from the yoke of English rule.
 
Although the Centre has received a number of generous grants towards the cost of renovating and running the Centre, and there is also some income from visitors and hiring rooms in the Centre, there is still a need for extra funds to allow the Centre to continue and to expand its work. If you would like to donate to the work of the Centre, you can do so on-line using the buttons below, or by post to the Treasurer at the address on the left.
 
In addition, people can also contribute to the Centre by donating their time as volunteers - as fundraisers, craftspeople, with IT assistance, and in the running of the gift shop.