How did it all start?
Penmaenmawr Museum was founded in 2002. It was housed in 4 New York Cottages – one of four refurbished former quarryman’s cottages on the outskirts of the town. Six years later the responsibility for running the Museum was passed to the Penmaenmawr Historical Society.
By 2016 Penmaenmawr Museum had amassed a collection of over 400 objects, including a large photographic archive and a number of local artefacts. The Museum had outgrown the little quarryman’s cottage and we had to store most of our collection off-site. After a lot of research and consultation, the decision was made to move the Museum to the former post office that had recently become available in the centre of Penmaenmawr.
Shortly after we’d moved, we secured a Heritage Lottery Fund Development Grant to develop our plans for the future of the Museum, and we are currently putting together a Delivery Stage bid to HLF to hopefully bring these plans to fruition. These plans will transform the Museum and ensure that Penmaenmawr’s history is recorded and interpreted for generations of residents and visitors to the town.
Penmaenmawr Museum exists to promote, preserve, and celebrate the heritage of Penmaenmawr and its surrounding areas. The Museum conserves and interprets evidence of Penmaenmawr’s past for the educational, social and economic benefit of our wider communities. Penmaenmawr Museum works in partnership with organisations to foster a dynamic and innovative approach to the conservation, education and enjoyment of Penmaenmawr’s past.
How is Penmaenmawr Museum managed and funded?
We are an independent museum and registered charity (no. 1148984) managed by volunteers. The Museum occasionally attracts grants for special events but most of our funding is generated through the generosity of our visitors who donate money when they visit the Museum.
Being part of Penmaenmawr Historical Society & Museum
Penmaenmawr Historical Society & Museum is run entirely by volunteers in their free time. If you are local to the area, interested in the history of Penmaenmawr, Penmaenan, Capelulo and Dwygyfylchi and surrounding areas, Northern Snowdonia (the Carneddau), and would like to get involved in helping develop our museum, why not become a member or volunteer ?
We are a friendly and active group of mainly local people with a combined vast store of knowledge of the area. Come and join us and find out more. Members support us by attending our programme of monthly winter talks and by joining us on guided and informative walks around the town and surrounding area. Volunteers give some of their time in a great variety of roles. From meeting and greeting visitors, maintaining our archive, leading walks, arranging exhibitions, to managing the organisation (office work, cleaning, provisioning, etc.) and monitoring/recording the condition of the building, etc. There is plenty to do to suit all skills and needs, and we provide training periodically.
Just send us a message and we will get in touch with you.
Penmaenmawr Historical Society Membership
Throughout the winter we run monthly evening talks about local history. They are held on the third Wednesday of the month, upstairs at Penmaenmawr Community Centre from 7.30pm. Entry is free for members (annual membership is £10) and is £2 for non-members.
See our Events page for details of our talks and other events.