National Monuments Record of Wales

The archive of the built heritage of Wales

More than a century of surveying, recording and collecting has created a unique archive that documents the changing face of the Welsh historic landscape. It includes material on all aspects of archaeological, architectural, ecclesiastical, industrial, defensive and maritime history.
You will find records on:

  • Houses
  • Farm buildings
  • Churches
  • Chapels
  • Schools
  • Stone Circles
  • Hillforts
  • Enclosures
  • Roman sites
  • Castles
  • Mottes
  • Canals
  • Railways
  • Ironworks
  • Coal mines
  • Mills
  • Lighthouses
  • Factories
  • Gardens
  • Wrecks
  • Mansions
  • Cairns
… and much, much more
Connah’s Quay Power Station. DI2005_0676 NPRN 96149

Connah’s Quay Power Station.
DI2005_0676 NPRN 96149

Collections

  • Historic and modern photographs
  • Drawings
  • Historic maps
  • Historic and modern aerial photographs
  • Archaeological surveys and excavation archives
  • Architectural reports and plans
  • Digital surveys
  • Reconstruction drawings
  • Point cloud data from terrestrial laser scanning
  • GIS – Geographical Information Systems
  • Digital reconstructions – 3D models and animations
  • Specialist library

Use COFLEIN, our online database, to search for sites of interest, check our catalogued collections and view images from across Wales.

View of excavation at Aberystwyth Castle. DI2012_2005 NPRN 86

View of excavation at Aberystwyth Castle.
DI2012_2005 NPRN 86

Uses

  • Local and family history
  • House history
  • Making models
  • Higher and further education
  • Artistic inspiration
  • Illustrating talks, publications and exhibitions
  • Tourism
  • Media/press
  • Desk-top assessments
  • Boundary identification
  • Area studies for wind farms, pipelines etc
  • Planning issues
  • Archaeological site investigation
  • Information boards

Visit our library and search room to view books, journals and original archive material from the NMRW. We are open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 09:30 – 16:00, Wednesday 10:30 – 16:30.
An appointment is advisable.

Jesse Tree, St. Dyfnog’s Church, Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch. DI2012_0275 NPRN 165239

Jesse Tree, St. Dyfnog’s Church, Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch.
DI2012_0275 NPRN 165239

Services

  • Free public enquiry service
  • Priority search service
  • Library and search room with free internet access and wifi
  • Image library
  • Group visits
  • Educational resources
  • Digitisation
  • Digital datasets and mapping
National Monuments of Wales search room. DS2007_479_002

National Monuments of Wales search room.
DS2007_479_002

For further information, please contact our friendly and professional staff at:
NMRW Library and Enquiries Service
RCAHMW
Crown Building, Plas Crug, Aberystwyth
Ceredigion, SY23 1NJ

Telephone: +44 (0)1970 621200
E-mail: nmr.wales@rcahmw.gov.uk
Website: www.rcahmw.gov.uk
Coflein: www.coflein.gov.uk

August 12, 2015

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