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Expo set for historic market hall
Llanidloes market hall
The 100,000 project aims to attract visitors into Llanidloes
An unique Welsh visitor attraction based in a 17th century market hall is set to be given the go-ahead by Powys councillors.

The "Celebration of Timber Buildings" at Llanidloes Market Hall needs Powys County Council's Board to agree to a management committee being constituted.

And if the board meeting on Tuesday agrees to this, then the permanent exhibition at the Grade 1 listed building should be up-and-running by the start of June.

The 100,000 scheme has seen the refurbishment and adaptation of the building - built about 1612 - into an exhibition centre providing an interactive display and a history of timber-framed buildings.

The Market Hall in Llanidloes is unique in Wales and is the perfect place to house this exhibition which we hope will bring more visitors to the town
Gareth Morgan, Mayor

It is part of the Llanidloes regeneration project which aims to bring more visitors to a town fighting to save 250 jobs at the local KTH plant.

Mayor Gareth Morgan is also chairman of the working group overseeing the scheme.

Guided tour

"The Market Hall in Llanidloes is unique in Wales and is the perfect place to house this exhibition which we hope will bring more visitors to the town, " he said.

The market hall - which is Grade 1 listed - is not the only example of a timber-framed building in the town.

Part of the visitor experience will be a guided tour taking in several other buildings which have timber frames.

"Although some of these buildings have been bricked at the front, there are many buildings, including several public houses, which provide wonderful examples of this type of architecture inside," added Mr Morgan.

Gareth Morgan, Llanidloes town mayor
Mayor Gareth Morgan is chair of the working group

In a move to include all sections of the community, the project's management committee will have representatives from the local chamber of trade, pensioners' group, church council and local history group, The Arwystli Society.

Its chairman, Carroll Davies, said the exhibition aimed to open for 120 days a year and be manned by volunteers.

'Interactive computer points' " It is very important that this visitor attraction succeeds which means that we have to have as many volunteers as possible to man it," he said.

The exhibition was set up by Dr Charles Kightly, who has worked on several other visitor attractions, including Judge's Lodging at Presteigne and Shakespeare's birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon.

"The market hall is quite small so we've tried to pack as much as we can into it," he said.

"There will be more pictures than text but for people who want more information there will be two interactive computer points available."

But the highlight of the exhibition, according to Dr Kightly, will be a timber-framed wall which has been especially built for the exhibition.

The market hall was built about 1612 but using existing timbers dating back to between 1560 and 1580.




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