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 to the late nineteenth centuries.

Following the purchase of the buildings in 2016 the Trust has been 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 under its first objective. The intention is to create a multi-functional centre at Strata Florida Centre 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 the special spiritual qualities felt by those who visit the site. Indeed, 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 Monuments Fund.

The Trustees are: Professor David Austin (Chairman); Professor Roger Earis (Secretary); John Wildig; Dr Ann Rhys; Gaenor Parry; Richard Broyd; Professor Elan Closs Stephens; Dr Eurwyn Wiliam; Dr. Jane Davidson; Cllr. Ifan Davies; Mick Taylor; Professor Dafydd Johnston; and the Very Revd. Wyn Evans. Michael Norman and Professor John Darlington (the World Monument Fund) are Special Advisers and attend the Trust Board. Mandie Cowie is Minutes Secretary.

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

Chairman’s contacts: phone 01570 422360; email

Secretary’s contacts: phone 01974 831491; email

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