Radnorshire Museum

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The Radnorshire Museum is in the centre of Llandrindod Wells. It holds artefacts relating to the former county of Radnorshire and is housed in the old Carnegie Library.

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People began to come to Llandrindod Wells to ‘take the waters’ in the 18th century, and the Radnorshire Museum tells the story of this practice which was most popular in late Victorian times.

In addition to our collections, we have a reference library including copies of the Radnorshire Society Transactions.

Schools are encouraged to come to the museum free of charge but we appreciate the cost and difficulties arranging transport and so we have a wide variety of handling collections that can be loaned to your school by the museum. The charge for this service is £10. Please contact us for details.

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The museum has an events room with full AV system, which is available for hire and is suitable for meetings, lectures and seminars, with space up to 30 people.

We also have a research room which can be booked, with reference library including copies of the Radnorshire Society Transactions. It also has a computer with Internet access,  a microscope, digital camera, colour printing and scanning equipment.

If you would like to book any of these facilities, please contact us.

April - September

Day Time
Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Bank Holiday Mondays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

October - March

Day Time
Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Adults: £1.00; 
O.A.Ps: 50p
Children and Powys Residents: Free

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Photographs - We have a large photographic collection dating from the late 19th Century to the present day. This popular resource is available for research purposes.

Archaeology – artefacts from Neolithic, Bronze-age, Iron-age, Roman and Medieval times.

Palaeontology fossils from the mid-Ordovician period including sponges and echinoderms.

Social history – artefacts from the Victorian Spa and rural life. We have a good collection of items from the days of the Victorian Spa, including costume, ceramics, Victorian and Edwardian photographs and postcards, a needlespray brass shower and bath chairs. There is also an area devoted to rural life in the surrounding villages. This includes artefacts from a smithy, farm implements and some interesting oral histories.

The Kilvert Society Collection – the Kilvert Society's exhibiton about the famous diarist, Rev Francis Kilvert, is on permanent display. Francis Kilvert served as a curate in Clyro, and then as vicar in St. Harmon in the mid 19th century.

Virtual Model explore the history of the Walton Basin from the Post Glacial, Neolithic, Celtic/Roman, Offa's Dyke and Medieval periods on our pioneering interactive virtual model.

Fine art - Radnorshire landscapes by Thomas Jones, P.A.F. Villiers, J.M.Ince, Catherine Lyons sketch book.

Pre-Roman - flint, stone and bronze tools.

Roman - items from the Castell Collen excavation including jewelry, tiles and pottery.

Medieval - Sheila-na-gig, corbel head from Abbey Cwm Hir, log boat and oak coffer, Llysdinam hoard.

Victorian & Edwardian - textiles, costume and samplers, Radnorshire smock, Friendly Society banner. Ceramics, needlespray shower, chemist shop, childrens' clothes and toys, John Robert's triple harp, photographs, glass slides, wickerchairs, furniture, Kilvert Society Collection.



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ArtUK aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, tell the stories behind the paintings, and let people know where to visit them. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country.

Radnorshire has added images of its entire collection of 20 oil and acrylic paintings to the Your Paintings website.  Our collection contains works by William Mills, John Opie and William Stone.


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