Members of the Dolydd History Group are planning for another busy year at Llanfyllin’s Workhouse History Centre, and school visits have been very popular so far.

At the end of the year an evaluation was carried out for the Heritage Lottery Fund whose grant of £38,000 made the project possible. More than 2,000 individual visitors are estimated to have been to the Centre since it opened in 2016.

In March, 20 Year 6 children from Leighton Primary School came to look round as part of their study of The Victorians.

The History Centre has a few costumes for children to try on but it would be good to be able to dress a full class, so volunteers with basic sewing skills are needed to create simple pinafores, waistcoats and caps. Group members are busy on the designs. Ideally the Centre needs its own Education Officer: are there any retired teachers out there?

The next event planned at the Centre is a Family History Day. This will be held in conjunction with the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society on Saturday June 9. There will be some short talks, a display, guided tours and an open session to which members of the public can come with queries about researching their families’ past.

The History Centre is Wales’s only workhouse museum and was created by volunteers. Anyone interested in helping out at the Workhouse can contact John Hainsworth at or 01691 860549.