Lifelong Learning at the Royal Commission
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales has a strong reputation for the knowledge and expertise of its staff and the richness of its collections related to the built heritage, architecture, archaeology, and maritime history of Wales. As a public information body, the Commission works to share this wealth of information with the public, through operating a public library, archive, and enquiry service and offering other resources as well as talks and events.
Every year the Library and Enquiries Team welcomes groups, schools and societies who want to discover more about our work and to explore our extensive archive collections. These visits are suitable for groups of all ages and educational levels; from primary school children to postgraduate students, to adult and lifelong-learning classes.
We tailor sessions to the interests and level of each group. For example, sessions can be quite hands-on with lots of archive material to engage with, activities and a tour of the archive. Alternatively, they can be more ‘formal’ with talks by members of staff about specialist areas of work such as our survey and investigation activity, our ongoing projects, including our List of Historic Placenames. We can conduct visits through English, Welsh or bilingually, and we have also hosted visits from groups of Welsh learners who wish to improve their Welsh.
These visits aren’t just for groups from Aberystwyth either, we are a national archive and have material relating to every area of Wales. If you can’t make it in person, we now offer ‘virtual visits’ online which usually involve a talk about our work and resources as well as a range of videos and activities. Learning is important, interesting and fun at any age or level. So, whether you’re interested in history, architecture, archaeology or just curious about Welsh heritage and the work of the Royal Commission contact us to arrange a visit. If you’d rather just visit by yourself then just pop into our library Monday to Thursday, we’d love to see you!