The Tywi Centre objectives are to ensure everyone who is responsible for looking after, or working on an old building has the right information, skills and materials for carrying out sensitive and appropriate repairs. This will ensure that the old buildings of West Wales, both listed and non- listed, are around for a further 100 years and more.
The Tywi Centre is based at Dinefwr Farm, Llandeilo. It is a Grade II listed group of barns, originally the Home Farm of the Newton House Estate, which is now run by the National Trust. We have classroom facilities and can accommodate up to 20 people on a course or at a meeting, and an area for displays about old buildings. We also have a series of specialist skills training facilities: a Plastering workshop where students can learn about plastering onto laths and creating running moulds; an outdoor shelter to practice external rendering techniques; a Carpentry workshop, large enough to accommodate both sash window work and timber frame repairs; and space to deliver stonemasonry training.
We work with owners of old listed and non-listed buildings, with heritage and non-heritage contractors, with colleges and local charities – in fact anyone who wants to look after old buildings in Wales. We can deliver one-to-one ‘surgeries’; training in maintenance and repair; specific craft skills training; guidance leaflets; and endless encouragement and support.