Y Dolydd at Llanfyllin is the only preserved workhouse in Wales and is easily accessible from the West Midlands. The Workhouse History Centre, opened in 2016 with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has been awarded a Commendation by the Association for Heritage Interpretation. The building is owned by the Llanfyllin Dolydd Building Preservation Trust, a registered charity. It’s situated on the A490, not far from Welshpool or from the A5 at Oswestry.
The Workhouse welcomes visits from schools. We can offer facilities as follows:
· A guided tour of the building and site in collaboration with school staff
· A 30 minute dramatised documentary film in English: Ghosts of the Workhouse’ or
Welsh: ‘Ysbrydion y Wyrcws’. The ghost of the first Master guides us round the building,
introduces the ghosts of other adults and children and makes us think about how poor
people should be treated.
· Bilingual displays on the Poor Law and on Workhouse Life for inmates of all ages
· A film viewing room for up to 15 (classes can be divided or the film can be projected in a
larger space by arrangement)
· Experience of oakum picking
· Toilets and facilities for eating a packed lunch
· Six acres of field and grounds
· Off road coach parking.
Entry to the Workhouse History Centre is free, but a donation of around £1 a head (staff
excluded) would be appreciated in recognition of the services provided. The Centre is open
every day if teachers would like to make a preliminary visit.
A Teachers’ Pack is available at a cost of £18, including postage. It contains:
· A copy of ‘The Llanfyllin Union Workhouse: a Short History’
· A DVD containing the film in both language versions, with other material
· A copy of the script in English and/or Welsh
· Ideas for activities to accompany the film: KS1
· Ideas for activities to accompany the film: KS2: some applicable to KS3
· A printed Family Trail in Welsh and/or English versions
· Instructions for making wooden spoon dolls with workhouse clothes.
A visit could be tailored to meet the needs of older students, including those taking A level, who
might be interested in working from archive material.
Further information from:
John Hainsworth (Trustee), Llanfyllin Workhouse, Y Dolydd, Llanfyllin SY22 5LD 01691 860549
Llanfyllin Dolydd Building Preservation Trust Charity No 1091097 Rhif Elusen Ymddiriedolaeth Cadwraeth Adeilad Y Dolydd Llanfyllin
Llanfyllin Workhouse, Y Dolydd, Llanfyllin, Powys