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For a list of archives and libraries on the national level, go to the Wales Archives and Libraries page.

Record Office[edit | edit source]

Montgomeryshire Record Office
Powys Archives
Unit 29
Ddole Road Enterprise Park
Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 6DF UK
Telephone: 01597 826088
Website: Montgomeryshire Record Office
Website #2: Powys Archives

Montgomeryshire Record Office is situated in Llandrindod Wells. Powys was created in 1974 from Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire and became a unitary county in 1996. They hold resources relating to this area. Dating from the fourteenth century, these resources cover many different topics, so are useful to anyone interested in conducting research of any type.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Llanfair Caereinion Library
The Institute
Llanfair Caereinion, Powys SY21 0RY UK
Telephone: 01938 811028
Website: Llanfair Caereinion Library

Llanfyllin Library
Youth and Community Centre
Llanfyllin, Powys SY22 5BB UK
Telephone: 01691 648794
Website: Llanfyllin Library

Llanidloes Library
Llanidloes Town Hall
Great Oak Street
Llanidloes, Powys SY18 6BN UK
Telephone: 01686 412855
Website: Llanidloes Library

Machynlleth Library
Maengwyn Street
Machynlleth, Powys SY20 8DY UK
Telephone: 01654 702322
Website: Machynlleth Library

Montgomery Library
Arthur Street
Montgomery, Powys SY15 6RA UK
Telephone: 01686 668937
Website: Montgomery Library

Newtown Library
Park Lane
Newtown, Powys SY16 1EJ UK
Telephone: 01686 626934
Website: Newtown Library

Welshpool Library
Brook Street
Welshpool, Powys SY21 7PH UK
Telephone: 01938 553001
Website: Welshpool Library

Museums[edit | edit source]

Llanidloes Museum
Town Hall
6 Great Oak Street
Llanidloes, Powys SY18 6BN UK
Telephone: 01938 554656
Website: Llanidloes Museum

The museum depicts the history of the Borough of Llanidloes during the last 300 years. Exhibits include a recreated Victorian kitchen, parlour, and gentleman’s study.

Newtown Textile Museum (Amgueddfa Wehyddu'r Drenewydd)
5-7 Commercial St
Newtown SY16 2BL UK
Telephone: 1686 622024
Website: Newtown Textile Museum

The Textile Museum in Newtown - just over the bridge into Commercial Street gives visitors a chance to see how the handloom weavers of the mid-19th century lived and worked. The block which houses the Museum was built in the 1830s as a hand-loom weaving factory, the looms occupying the third and fourth floor above three pairs of back-to-back cottages on the lower floors. Newtown's development into a centre of industry is described through exhibits in the former cottages, while on the top two floors the story of fleece to flannel is illustrated by looms and spinning wheels, alongside displays of related industries and influential local people such as Pryce Jones.

Old Bell Museum
Arthur Street
Montgomery, Powys SY15 6RA UK
Telephone: 01686 668313/01686 669940
Website: Old Bell Museum

The Old Bell, a 16th century inn, has been converted into a local history museum by Montgomery Civic Society. Eleven rooms house displays illustrating the long social and civic history of the ancient County Town of Montgomeryshire. There are permanent exhibitions relating to the medieval and Norman castles and their archaeological excavations with excellent scale models of both. Two rooms are devoted to the Workhouse and the Cambrian Railways. A small room in the museum has been restored to demonstrate the various methods of construction in this half timbered building.

Powysland Museum
Canal Wharf
Welshpool, Powys SY21 7AQ UK
Telephone: 01938 554656
Website: Powysland Museum

Powysland Museum illustrates the archaeology and social history of Montgomeryshire from the earliest prehistoric settlers to the 20th century. It’s housed in a renovated and restored warehouse beside the Montgomery Canal.

Archives[edit | edit source]

Powys Archives
Unit 29
Ddole Road Enterprise Park
Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 6DF UK
Telephone: 01597 826088
Website: Powys Archives

The Powys County Archives Office serves as the official repository for the records of the current county of Powys (established in 1974) and the three incorporated former counties of Breconshire, Montgomeryshire, and Radnorshire.