Aberglasney mansion and gardens appeal for your stories and memories
ABERGLASNEY is busy writing its latest chapter with major restoration work — but it's also after your help to record the story of the gardens.
The team at the Carmarthenshire attraction are working to restore the grade two listed mansion at the heart of the gardens, and want to host an exhibition about its history when the works are complete.
The exhibit will tell the story of Aberglasney through the words of people who have lived, worked and played at the house and gardens over the past 500 years.
Information exists on those who took up residence at the property, but little is known about those whose daily lives revolved in and around the estate.
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Roger Evans, chief executive of the Aberglasney Restoration Trust, is appealing for anyone with a story to tell to come forward after 15 years of restoration works.
"It's also important that we record the story of Aberglasney," he said.
"For this reason I'm asking anyone who has memories of Aberglasney, or tales that have been passed down through the generations, to get in touch.
"We regularly get visitors who have an anecdote to share with staff and volunteers about the house and gardens before the Restoration Trust took over.
"I feel it's our duty to record these stories, tales of the Phillips and Walters Philipps families, the Mayhews and the Evans families, as well as Aberglasney's time during the Second World War when it was commandeered by American troops."
As well as collecting memories, Aberglasney Restoration Trust is also looking for old photographs, newspaper articles and any sort of documentation that will also help to tell its story. Documentation can be taken to the gardens to show to staff, if family members do not want to part with it.