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The National Woollen Museum located in Drefach Felindre, Llandysul, Ceredigion is one of the National Museums of Wales.

Background
Historically and into the 19th century, the production and processing of wool surpassed even coal as the most important of Wales' industries. The Teifi Valley was the centre of the West Wales woollen industry, earning itself the nickname "The Huddersfield of Wales."

Cambrian Mills
Built in 1852, the Cambrian Mills factory was the largest woollen mill in West Wales, employing over 250 workers at its peak. Reduced to an empty shell by a fire in November 1889, the rebuilt factory remains in continuous operation since it was rebuilt in 1902.

The museum
Both the mill and the village of Drefach Felindre are a national heritage site. Launched as the Museum of the Welsh Woollen Industry in 1976, it reopened in March 2004 as the National Woollen Museum following a two year, £2 million refit partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The restoration work includes a glass roofed courtyard, and a new gallery which displays aspects of the National Flat Textile collection. As well as historic machinery, a raised walkway gives a view of textiles in production at Melin Teifi, the site's commercial woollen mill. In 2005 a Research and Collections Centre opened which includes a room dedicated to hands on learning opportunities.

The renovation was part of a £40m museum strategy for Wales, and opened by National Assembly for Wales Culture Minister Alun Pugh. The strategy embraces three existing site-specific museums; the National Woollen Museum, the Welsh Slate Museum at Llanberis; Big Pit, the National Mining Museum of Wales in Blaenavon; and development of the new National Waterfront Museum in Swansea.

    Address Address:

    Dre-Fach Felindre, near Newcastle Emlyn,
    Llandysul,
    Carmarthenshire
    SA44 5UP

    Telephone Telephone:

    01559 370929

    Wensite Website:

    http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/wool/

    Admission Charges Admission Charge:-

    Free

    Opening Hours Hours:

    April–September: seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm
    October–March: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Facilities for the Disabled Facilities for the Disabled:

    Physical Mobility

    • There are 4 designated disabled parking bays located in the carpark, before crossing the bridge.
    • Buses and coaches are requested to deposit passengers at the entrance on the road.
    • From the car park there are flat paved routes into the museum which can easily be used by all visitors. However, please note that there is a downward slope from the road to the museum entrance and that there is a grassed expanse between the overflow carpark and the entrance.
    • Two wheelchairs are available on request in the shop. The chairs are allocated on a first come first served basis and cannot be pre-booked, although any advanced requests will be considered.
    • Seating is available at various locations throughout the museum. Please ask any member of staff if you require seating at any other location.
    • There is a lift to the first floor in the main building.
    • A stair lift is available in the Weaving Shed to view Melin Teifi at work.

    Hearing Impaired

    • The galleries and exhibits have a good standard of written material to support the collections.
    • Visual interpretation of the main exhibition theme is clearly displayed.

    Visually Impaired

    • A number of museum displays have audio interpretation and there is use of ambient sound in some galleries.
    • Some of the galleries have low light levels for conservation reasons, but walkways and text panels are clearly illuminated.

    Learning Difficulties

    • Groups and individuals are welcome and activities are available if pre-booked.


     

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