The Dylan Thomas Centre

Opened in 1829, and still one of the more impressive architectural constructions in the city, the Dylan Thomas Centre (originally Swansea's Guildhall) took over four years to complete. 

With both the population and the township burgeoning, however, the building soon needed extending and in 1848 quite extensive work was carried out.  In 1939, a new, more spacious, Guildhall was opened across the city in Victoria Park and the old Guildhall became a technical college before falling into quite a general state of dereliction in the latter half of the 20th century. 

The building was then renovated to take advantage of Swansea's hosting of the 1995 UK Year of Literature and Writing, and was reopened in the same year, as Ty Llen - The National Literature Centre, by the U.S. President Jimmy Carter. 

In 1998, the centre was re-named the Dylan Thomas Centre after its exhibition "I, in my Intricate Image" - a celebration of the great Swansea poet and author. 

The centre provides an ideal opportunity to soak up the history of the Swansea author as well as allowing the chance of nourishment in the bookshop cafe or first floor restaurant in the Grade II listed building.

Future Developments

The Dylan Thomas Centre and City and County of Swansea were successful in securing a £40,000 "first-round pass" development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in order to upgrade the current centre exhibits, digitise artefacts and record memories from the few people still living who knew Dylan Thomas.

Plans will also include educational activities such as creative writing workshops, events and activity packs, with touring exhibitions to schools, communities and festivals.

These developments will contribute to the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival - Centenary Celebration during 2014, which also sees the restoration of Cwmdonkin Park using a further "second-round pass" full grant of £820,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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