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Living in the past to learn for the future

History Matters aims to encourage and promote a greater understanding of history, from the age of the timber and earth castle and ‘llys’ (a native Welsh hall or palace) to the beginning of the Tudor dynasty and beyond.

We aim to encourage and promote an appreciation and understanding of heritage.

We practice traditional skills and building as well as of early crafts, arts, and technology so that this knowledge might not be lost but preserved.

We provide heritage project management, inception, design and coordination to the third sector and work with communities and volunteers in archaeology and cultural heritage.

In the process, as wide a range of people as possible are involved in our projects – from local communities and schools to national and international members, whether as visitors or as practical volunteers.

Central to our activities is re-enactment - defined as "any presentation or other event held for the purpose of re-enacting an event from the past or of illustrating conduct from a particular time or period in the past".

Through interactive historical demonstration and a combination of authentic costumes, original and reproduction artefacts, items and equipment, we bring the experience of history to life. As costumed interpretation to a live audience or contributors to multimedia projects, to camera appearances and education days, we share a passion for the past.

COVID 19 and the pandemic response

The global pandemic has impacted everyone and heritage is one of the areas that has changed how we would normally operate and the activities we undertake. The nationwide lock down in the UK has seen the closure of museums, archives and heritage sites and the end to any form of social gathering workshop, talk or usual volunteering activity.

In these unprecedented times History Matters has had no choice but to suspended its current projects and in the short term mothball plans for the future.

However, we have prided ourselves as a group of volunteers on our resilience and ability to adapt to new challenges and this is no exception. As part of the workshop facilities for 'Project Zero' we had installed a 3d printer to allow us to build parts for our museum replica. In the current situation, we have turned to this technology to allow us to contribute to the national shortfall in available Personal Protection Equipment for the Third Sector and its volunteers.

We are manufacturing a small number of surgical mask strap supports and are distributing these locally as part of the Facebook group 'Printing for NHS Wales' and ourselves.

Please contact us if you require any of these items: historymattersonline@gmail.com marking the subject line as PPE REQUESTS

surgical mask supports


Whether presenting an educational demonstration to schools, creating a heritage event for a historic site, museum, community history celebration or fair History Matters provides a complete service that is tailored to the client's needs.

The past should be explored not only through destruction (excavation) but also through creation (experiments and experiences)

Julia Heeb EXARC

This project has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.Powys Festivals and Events Fund Project 2009 -2011

Live and Learn History Volunteers Project 2011 -2013

Project Zero 2016-2018

Civic Initiatives (Heritage) Grant Scheme 2011 for TY Mawr medieval hall

Member of EXARC the ICOM Affiliated Organisation representing archaeological open-air museums and experimental archaeology.