St Illtud's Galilee Chapel, St Illtud's Church, Llantwit Major

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“Llanilltud” Brand Announced

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

We are delighted to announce the launch of the new brand and logo. The new visitor centre, the project and all its associated activities, from now onwards will be known as ‘Llanilltud’. In literal terms Llanilltud represents the ‘llan’ (the parish, land or spiritual community) of St Illtud, Britain’s very first centre of learning.

In time we hope Llanilltud will sit alongside other more well known Celtic Christian sites such as Iona and The Holy Isle in Scotland, and Lindisfarne in England.

Gareth Kiddie, project manager and consultant for the Galilee Chapel Project, described how arriving at the final brand has been a journey in its own right: “The brand has evolved like all good brands should. We started with some straplines including ‘Saints, stones & a story untold’ and these were meant to be part of the logo originally, but we soon realised that the word ‘Lanilltud’ was strong enough on its own. Using ‘Llanilltud’ will also help us to promote the Galilee Chapel, St.Illtud’s Church and the wider area as a destination. A special place with an interesting name. A place of pilgrimage. Our vision is that before too long Llanilltud will be as well known as other similar places like Iona, Holy Island or Lindisfarne”.

The new design and branding is the creation of graphic design firm Girl&Boy. Printed material exhibiting the brand will be available at the launch on 2 November, and a taster of some of the material to be used in printed and on-line form is shown below (click on the images to view).

Keith Brown, a project member and a central figure in St Illtud’s community, has encapsulated our excitement of the launch of this brand by providing a quote, itself in the format of the new design guidelines (attached below), saying:  “This is an important step towards increasing public consciousness of our wonderful heritage.”

Proposed Improvements to the West Church

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

St.Illtud’s Church is looking into the feasibility of undertaking extensive improvements to its West Church. This ‘Phase 2’ project is intended to follow on from the Galilee Chapel scheme which is now nearing completion.
Reverend Huw Butler commented “Now the ‘Celtic Stones’ have been moved into their new home we have been able to look afresh at using the space in the West Church and want to create a more amenable facility for use by the church, the local community and visitors. In particular we need to improve the flooring, heating, lighting and storage facilities”.
The project proposal is explained in this flyer which can be downloaded by clicking on this link: St.Illtud’s – West Church refurbishment project v2. The Church is looking to find out what local people think about the scheme and is inviting comments.

St.Illtud’s Church is looking into the feasibility of undertaking extensive improvements to its West Church. This ‘Phase 2’ project is intended to follow on from the Galilee Chapel scheme which is now nearing completion.

Reverend Huw Butler commented “Now the ‘Celtic Stones’ have been moved into their new home we have been able to look afresh at using the space in the West Church and want to create a more amenable facility for use by the church, the local community and visitors. In particular we need to improve the flooring, heating, lighting and storage facilities”.

The project proposal is explained in this flyer which can be downloaded by clicking on this link: St.Illtud’s – West Church refurbishment project v2. The Church is looking to find out what local people think about the scheme and is inviting comments.

Celebration Weekend Poster

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

A full schedule of events for the Opening Weekend 2nd/3rd November can be downloaded here, along with a programme for the concert on Saturday night.

Stones Make Their Move

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

The 8th Century Celtic stones have made hopefully their final short journey into place in the Galilee Chapel. The shaft of the Illtud Cross, the Houelt Cross and the Samson Pillar have had an unsettled history – none more so than the Samson Pillar which is said to have fallen into a giant’s grave, nearly killing some mourners in the process. In 1789, locally renowned stonemason Iolo Morganwg discovered the stone in the unfortunate 7-foot 7-inch 17-year-old’s grave.

These photos record the stones’ short move from the West Church of St Illtud’s to the Galilee Chapel, with a sneak preview of how they will appear (taken during testing of the up-lights).

Scaffolding Removed

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

The scaffolding is coming away at last and revealing the wonderful work completed on the exterior of the Galilee Chapel. The other photo here shows the oak cladding going on the staircase.

Construction Progress September 2013

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

With the grand opening approaching in just over a month, the Celtic stones are moved from the West Church ready for installation in their new home. In other developments, trees that were overshadowing the Galilee Chapel have been removed to improve the appearance of the site and increase light levels inside the new visitor centre.

Construction Progress August 2013

Monday, September 9th, 2013

As the main construction work is nearing completion, the beauty of this renovation is becoming clearly visible. The staircase to the mezzanine level has been installed, glazing is in place on the north wall, glass entrance doors have been fitted, and archive room and kitchen area are taking shape.

Design, Branding and Website News

Monday, September 9th, 2013

The Galilee Chapel Project team appointed graphic design design firm Girl & Boy to design the logo, branding and website for the soon-to-be-opened visitor centre. Based in the Vale of Glamorgan, Girl & Boy were selected from a short-list of around 10 companies for their clean and striking design work. Drafts of the logo and branding have already been drawn up and will soon be revealed, along with the name that the centre will operate under. Work is also under way to develop the new website that will both promote and support the centre and its many activities.

Opening Programme for 2nd/3rd November

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

The Galilee will be formally opened at midday on Saturday 2nd November 2013. The public will have their first chance to view the centre throughout the afternoon of the 2nd. A programme of musical, spiritual and artistic events has been scheduled to celebrate this exciting and historic moment. Please do come along!

Opening Programme v2

Construction Progress July 2013

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Exterior work now virtually complete and work is progressing well on the interior. The walls have been lime whitewashed, plumbing and electrics have been installed and the tea station and toilets have been fitted. The West face of the Galilee Chapel now boasts an impressive tracery window which is now ready for glazing.