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Section 5

A Research Framework for the Archaeology of Wales


East and North East Wales Archaeological Resource Audit


Section 5: Collections


This section has been the subject of some debate, in as much as while it was in the original brief it subsequently appeared that a forthcoming project being undertaken by the Council for Museums in Wales was going to look at the archaeological holdings of Museums and other repositories. It was agreed therefore that this audit would not look in any detail at such collections. However, the following indicative lists have been included, many of which were already to hand, indicating a number of organisations and individuals thought to hold material concerning the Clwyd-Powys area - but the content of their holdings has not been looked in any detail. It should be read in conjunction with the lists of current projects, all of which are also producing archive material.



Museums and collections

The following list is of Museums and other collections thought to hold material from the Clwyd-Powys area. This list has been compiled from the SMR and informal consultation and is almost certainly not complete. Those marked with an asterisk are known to have carried out their own field work the Clwyd-Powys area


Abergavenny Museum

Alnwick Castle Museum

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Birkenhead Museum

Birmingham University Geological Museum

Brecon Museum

British Museum

Carmarthenshire County Museum

Ceiriog Memorial Institute, Glyncerigiog

Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth

Chapter House Museum, St Asaph

Denbigh Museum

Denbighshire County Record Office, Ruthin

Denbighshire Museum Service

Doncaster Museum

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Flintshire County Council Museum Service *

Flintshire County Record Office, Hawarden

Great Orme Mines

Grosvenor Museum, Chester *

Hereford Museum

Hull Museum

Lake Vyrnwy Interpretation Centre

Liverpool Museum *

Llandindrod Wells Museum

Llandudno Museum

Manchester Museum

Manchester University Museum

Mold Library

Montgomery 'The Old Bell' Museum *

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Wales *

Newtown Textile Museum

Oswestry Public Library

Plas Newydd, Llangollen

Powis Castle Museum

Llanidloes Museum

Powysland Museum, Welshpool

Prestatyn Museum

Presteigne Shire Hall

Rapallo House Museum, Llandudno

Rhayader Museum

Rhyl Grammer School

Rhyl Library Museum

Rowley House Museum, Shrewsbury

Royal Armouries collection, Tower of London

Shrewsbury School Library

St. Asaph Cathederal Museum

University College of Wales Aberystwyth Museum

University College of Wales Bangor Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Whitchurch Museum

Wrexham County Museums Service *

Wrexham Library

Wrexham Museum

Local Groups & Societies


The following is a list of local societies thought to hold material from 'recent' work. Names of individuals also working in the field have not been included, but can be made available on request.

Brecknockshire Society

Crickhowell Local History Society

Holt Local History Society

Llanfyllin Civic Society

Llangynidr Historical Society

Montgomery Civic Society

Powysland Club

Radnorshire Society

Wrexham Metal Detector Club




The following list is of archaeological contractors known to have worked in this area within the last 10 years and expected to have various material relating to this work. This list has been compiled from CPAT's THREAT database it is though to be fairly comprehensive.

Archaeological Investigations


Babtie Group

Birmingham University Archaeological Field Unit

Border Archaeology

Bristol & Region Archaeological Service

Cambria Archaeology / Dyfed Archaeological Trust

Cambrian Archaeological Projects


Christopher Gallagher

Christopher Phillpotts

Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust

Cotswold Archaeological Trust

Earthworks Archaeological Services

Engineering Archaeological Services

Flintshire County Council

Geophysical Surveys

Gifford & Partners

Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust

Graham Makepeace

Gwynedd Archaeological Trust

Headland Archaeology

Heritage Recording Services Wales

John Cole

John Samuels Archaeological Consultants

L-P Archaeology

Marches Archaeology

Marget Worthington

Monmouth Archaeological Society

Network Archaeology

Northern Archaeological Associates

Oxford Archaeology

Oxford Archaeology (Northern)

formerly Lancaster University

Pat Frost

Peter Muckle

Richard Parry

Roger Pye

RSK Environment

Shropshire County Council



Time Team

Wardell Armstrong

WS Atkins