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

Development of Resources for Interpretation and Learning

One of the key areas that is currently being explored in the project with the support of a specialist heritage consultant is the development of resources for interpretation and learning. The emerging plan for this element of the project is as follows:

The project aims

  • To provide access to and interpretation of a nationally important collection of Celtic Stones.
  • To provide a fully equipped educational centre for those involved in Celtic studies – history, culture & spirituality
  • To interpret the story of St.Illtud’s Church and its importance to the development of Christianity within Celtic lands, Britain and in the local area.
  • To improve access to, presentation & interpretation of the heritage of the whole site, including the significant history and heritage of the present church.
  • To enhance ownership of and identification with their heritage by the local community, especially younger people.

Significant heritage

  • The school founded by Illtud and his community is recognised as  Britain’s earliest centre of learning.
  • St.Illtud’s is a pivotal site in the history of Celtic Christianity of a similar stature to Iona and Holy Island.
  • A place of continuous Christian worship for over 1500 years.
  • One of the most important collections of Celtic standing stones & crosses in Wales.
  • The present church contains examples of craftsmanship of every century for the past one thousand years.

Target audiences

  • Our church
  • Local residents & local community groups
  • Local schools & other local educational establishments
  • Interest groups
  • Academic institutions specialising in Celtic Studies
  • Pilgrims, tourists & visitors

Ideas for interpretation & learning

  • A permanent exhibition related to the Celtic Stones.
  • An archive of information related to the study of Celtic history, culture & spirituality.
  • Guided tours (of the exhibition, church, churchyard and other places in Llantwit Major).
  • Structured interactive activities for school pupils & other young people.
  • Educational resources for local schools including topic based schemes of work – for use on and off-site.

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