Welcome to the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust (WHGT) web site

New WHGT web site

There is a new WHGT web site.

Please visit whgt.wales  

This site is no longer working correctly after our hosting service upgraded its servers. This forced a move to the new site ahead of schedule. 

The new site is still work in progress and will be further updated and extended. 


Tywi Gateway Trust Manager

Tywi Gateway Trust Manager

Are you passionate about heritage and culture? Excited about developing an innovative and collaborative project? Have managerial experience of major restoration projects? Then this is a unique opportunity. You will lead a team making the Bishop’s Park an original and rewarding experience – an exciting new phase in the history of the site. A site which has at its heart the former Palace of the Bishops of St Davids – now Carmarthenshire County Museum.

You will be responsible to the Tywi Gateway Trust and will undertake the management of the Grade 11 Registered Bishop’s Park and the Tywi Gateway Centre – with emphasis on the successful delivery of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Parks for People’ project.  Public access and enjoyment, education and training will be balanced with the protection and enhancement of the cultural, historic and ecological features.


You will need to demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach and ability to work to high standards within tight deadlines. Responsible initially for delivering the project and then for operational management including visitor services and promotion, staff and volunteers, financial & asset management and developing shared goals with the museum.

Starting salary:  F/T, £35,000 per annum. Initially a three-year contract

For further information and to download a Job Description please visit the website: www.tywigateway.org.uk


Closing date for applications: Friday February 16 2018


Ymddiriedolaeth Drws i’r Dyffryn - Tywi Gateway Trust, Charitable Incorporated Organisation with voting Members and Trustees. CIO Registered No. 1167244. Committed to being an Equal Opportunities employer.



Deadline for Small Grants Scheme Oct 31 2017

Welsh Historic Gardens Trust  Small Grants Scheme

This scheme is now being run for 2018

This scheme is to support historic parks and gardens throughout Wales involved with small conservation projects, site surveys, and projects which promote public access, interest and enjoyment.

Apply for a grant

WHGT will award the first grants of up to £500 in November 2017

For Application form : click here

Terms and Conditions: click here

Applications must be submitted by 31 October. Successful applications will be made public by the end of 2018


Can you help to make the WHGT Small Grants Scheme Great?

Please donate generously so that this scheme can be sustainable to support the conservation of Welsh gardens.

Cheques may also be sent to: WHGT Small Grants Scheme,
Aberglasney Gardens, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire. SA32 8QH 

To make your donation go further please consider a gift aid declaration.


Searching for & viewing Ordnance Survey Drawings (OSDs) online at the British Library

Searching for & viewing Ordnance Survey Drawings (OSDs) online at the British Library

Changes to access arrangements
 BL have altered the way they are providing access to the OSDs online:
From the OSD webpage

use the 'Search our website' box in the upper right corner & enter the relevant sheet number (look this up on the 'Static Index' link on the page) in the format OSD nnn, where nnn is the sheet number, e.g. OSD 152.
Once you get to the search results list you can reach the web page by clicking the title of the record in the results list (eg 'Detail from OSD
152 (Hampstead)' ).
This takes you to an intermediate page containing the following information:
Click on the 'I want this' tab.

You then need to click the 'Go' button under the 'View online' heading.

This takes you to another web page with the link to the interactive zoomable image, as before.


Ice Houses of Wales

Ice Houses of Wales

 The Ice House at Mostyn

Can you help?
Can you contribute to The Welsh Ice-house Gazetteer


a) check the accuracy of ice-house observations and the locations – are the descriptions and the map grid references correct?
b) Add any other examples, existing or to be found only on old maps, whether Ordnance Survey maps or estate maps and documents?
c) Can anyone remember an ice-house in use?

For New entries please complete the online form or send  the following details:

1.Name, civil community/parish, and National Grid Reference
2.Relation to and distance from house and possible source of ice (eg. 300m. NE of house by pond)
3.External appearance (eg. built into bank, earth-covered mound)
4.Internal appearance (eg. passage, doors, building materials, form and dimensions of ice-chamber, any drainage arrangements)
6.Any published references (eg. article, old OS map)
7.Name and address/contact details of recorder

Updated entries again use the online form or send the details
1.Name and location as above
2.Any information to be updated (eg. more detail, better description, change in condition, etc)
3.Name and address/contact details of recorder
Please, remember that most ice-houses are on private land, and many are extremely dangerous to examine. If the ice-house is not in your ownership, please ensure that you have permission to visit, that somebody knows you are going to do so, and preferably be accompanied.
Information can be sent to

Dr Eurwyn Wiliam
42 St Fagans Drive
St Fagans
Cardiff CF5 6EF.