Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

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The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales has a leading national role in developing and promoting the understanding of the archaeological, built and maritime heritage of Wales as the originator, curator and supplier of authoritative information for corporate and governmental decision makers, researchers, and the general public.

Wales is home to some of the best-preserved historical landscapes and buildings in the world and since its establishment in 1908 the commission has led the way in recording and conserving the nation’s unique heritage and is dedicated to continue to lead the way in this mission. In order to achieve this the organisation maintains the capability in disciplines such as aerial, analytical earthwork and building surveying through the use of innovative and up-to-date techniques.

The Commission also maintains the National Monument Record of Wales, a comprehensive digital and physical record of known historical monuments in Wales. As well as this the organisation curates the National Archive, which holds a unique collection of aerial and ground photography, images, historic maps, publications, and reports, all of which are readily available to the public through the Coflein database or through The Commission’s enquiry service. 

The Royal Commission is based at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth and is sponsored by the Welsh Government. The Chairman and Commissioners direct the investigations by our expert staff, who provide authoritative and up to date information to the public.

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Contact Details

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
Ffordd Penglais
Aberystwyth
SY23 3BU
UK

Tel: 01970 621200

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Website: rcahmw.gov.uk