This summer, Wrexham Museum is giving you the chance to set off on a quest to rediscover the magic of the Mabinogion, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table!

A new exhibition, Land of Legends, which opens this July, will allow visitors to see some of the medieval manuscripts that preserved the first written versions of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi.

These manuscripts feature some of the earliest references to King Arthur including the 14th century Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch (the White Book of Rhydderch) and Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain), both on display for the first time in north-east Wales.

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Wales’ legendary past brought to life

Elsewhere in the Land of Legends exhibition, books, paintings, drawings, animation and costume will bring alive the mythical world of Welsh legends.

Margaret Jones’s original illustrations for Gwyn Thomas’s 1984 update of the Mabinogion are a highlight of the exhibition sparking the imagination and an interest in the Wales that existed a thousand or so years ago.

Look out for some legendary costumes, produced by the Museum’s Knitters and Stitchers group, for both adults and children to try on!

Activities for children and gift shop items

There will also be a series of activities inspired by the Land of Legends theme on Mondays and Tuesdays during the summer holidays. The museum’s shop will be offering for sale a range of Arthurian and legendary souvenirs and gifts suitable for all ages.

The exhibition also includes three animations created by students at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, who have been inspired by the legends of Wales. Each animation has been specially produced for showing in this exhibition.

Making Wrexham a ‘gateway’ to Welsh heritage

Councillor Hugh Jones “It is great to see Wrexham Museum’s partnership with the National Library of Wales bringing another exhibition packed full of medieval and modern treasures to Wrexham.

“This exhibition is one of the many cultural activities happening across the county borough over the summer months proving that Wrexham is the gateway to Wales’s heritage for locals and tourists alike.”

Want to find out more?

  • Land of Legends: Wales, Arthur and the Tales of the Mabinogion, opens from 21 July until 3 November 2018.
  • For more information, contact the Museum on 01978 297 460 or museum@wrexham.gov.uk

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