The Strata Florida Trust


The Strata Florida Trust was first established in 2006 as a charitable company, registered both with the Charity Commission (No. 1117469) and Companies House (No. 05862222). It has two primary objectives:

• to preserve for the benefit of the people of Ceredigion and of the Nation, the historical, architectural and constructional heritage that may exist in and around the Great Abbey Farm of Strata Florida in buildings (including any structure or erection, and any part of a building as so defined) of particular beauty or historical, architectural or constructional interest

• for the advancement of education in connection with Strata Florida and its surrounding landscape and heritage.

In pursuit of these objectives the Trust has purchased the historic buildings which until recently formed the working core of Mynachlog Fawr or Great Abbey farm. They lie just to the south of the Abbey ruins which are in the Guardianship of Cadw who open them to the public. The main farmhouse is a Grade II* listed building and contains architectural elements reflecting its whole history. The other buildings are Grade II and date from the later seventeenth century to the late nineteenth.

Following the purchase of the buildings in 2016 the Trust is carrying forward the aims of the Strata Florida Project under its second objective, creating the basis for the long-term activities which will sustain the buildings conserved and sensitively developed under its first objective. The intention is to create a multi-functional Strata Florida Centre/Canolfan Ystrad Fflur which will reflect and respect the historical traditions of the site and its landscapes, whether in the creative arts and skills or in its religious, social and political meanings. In particular we wish to hold true to its special spiritual qualities felt by those who visit the site. These will have value in the promotion of identity and well-being. The Centre will also serve the interests of the local and regional economy through cultural and environmental tourism, as well as engage in the need for relevant skills provision in the community and further afield. Behind all of this will be a continuing programme of research which will continue to reveal and increase our understanding of the site's historic importance, now recognised by the World Monument Fund.

From 2016, the Strata Florida Trust will be moving forward on the project to conserve and develop the buildings, creating a pattern of partnerships and continuing to promote the activities which will sustain it. The Strata Florida Centre Project will be run by Claire Deacon as Project Director, reporting to the Trust, while the Strata Florida Research Project will continue to be run in parallel by Professor David Austin with support from Professor Dafydd Johnston of the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies who is also a Trustee.

The Trustees are: Professor David Austin (Chairman); Professor Roger Earis (Secretary); John Wildig (Pentir Pumlumon); Lt-General Jonathon Riley; Dr Ann Rhys; Gaenor Parry; Richard Broyd; Professor Dafydd Johnston; John Darlington (the World Monument Fund).

From 2017, Professor Elan Closs Stephens will also be a Trustee.

The registered address is: Brynteg, North Road, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 7HZ

Chairman’s contacts: phone 01570 422360; email profdavidaustin@btinternet.com

Secretary’s contacts: phone 01974 831491; email roger@earis.plus.com

Director’s contacts: phone 01646 636270; email claire.deacon@chrt.org.uk

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