Sir Henry Jones Museum
Sir Henry Jones Museum
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HistoryWW1
Wales, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We visited as part of the open doors event and we very impressed. We were met by friendly volunteers, one of whom gave us a very informative tour. The museum is small but packed with interesting artefacts and information, giving a very accurate feel for life back when Sir Henry lived there. After the tour we sat outside and had tea and cake and chatted with a lovely lady from our home village. Well worth a visit.
Written 3 September 2022
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WirralChesterdraws
Wirral82 contributions
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Sept 2019
To be "top museum" in Llangernyw isn't hard as this small village has just the one such attraction. Staffed by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers it was recently refurbished with the help of a Lottery grant, but without affecting its honesty as a well-preserved rural cottage (actually two cottages, joined internally for ease of access).
Visitors learn about the career of the leading Welsh academic Sir Henry Jones, who rose from humble origins as the son of a shoemaker to be Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, his alma mater. There is a range of well-chosen artefacts illustrating his early life in a "one-up one down" residence, as well as summarising his later achievements. My one regret is that his parents didn't feature prominently; one suspects that he was blessed with an exceptionally rich family life. The museum's opening hours are very restricted, and it closes during the winter, so it is advisable to check the web site or phone in advance; but, as the saying goes, it is "well worth a detour". No admission charge, but donations are welcome. Car parking is on the opposite side of the road near the school; the museum is well signposted on the main road.
Written 24 September 2019
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lynmorris
Corby, UK25 contributions
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May 2019 • Couples
My father took me to the house museum some time in the 1950s,I was fascinated by the cradle upstairs with the cord through the ceiling so that it could be rocked from down stairs,I was too young to appreciate the story and contents of the house,I'm notsure if it was a museum then.I returned about 5 years ago as a sort of pilgrimage having learned that Sir Henry was my paternal Grandmothers uncle.
This is something that I have related to my cousins,they like me had no idea of the family connection.
Written 5 May 2019
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Thalweg
Chester, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
This fabulous small museum is well worth a visit. Helpful, enthusiastic volunteers. A nicely preserved example of a typical welsh cottage with a range of displays about the educationalist Sir Henry Jones. Well worth the modest entrance fee.
Written 20 September 2018
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TravellerFromNWales
North Wales, UK438 contributions
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Sept 2017 • Couples
We called into the museum on their recent Open Doors weekend. This is an interesting museum run by a group of enthusiastic volunteers who are on hand to talk about Sir Henry, his life and the house in which he spent his early years.

In addition to artefacts relating to Sir Henry, there were also other local artefacts, including the infamous 'Welsh Not'. Although small it is packed with information and you will learn something about Welsh life in the 19th century.

It is off the beaten track but worth a visit, check the opening hours before you visit.
Written 17 September 2017
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Walker047
Denbigh, UK28 contributions
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Sept 2017 • Couples
We have wanted to visit this place for some time and we were able to do so today. Do check opening times which are quite limited - and adjust your plans accordingly. It is well worth visiting. Henry Jones left school at aged 12 but was encouraged to study in his evenings (and he apparently carried on through through the night) at the end of what must have been a long working day as a boot maker. He ended up as Professor of Moral Philosophy at Glasgow University.
It is humbling to stand within in a modest Welsh home and realise that with hard work, and ambition a child who sat at this hearth became as great and as good a man as he could be.
As a man who was wholly committed to improving education opportunities for others Henry Jones is a real inspiration. We visited on an 'open doors' day and were pleased to meet a number of locals who clearly value the history of this place. We would heartily recommend stopping here to be inspired. The village itself is beautiful and we would recommend visiting the ancient church, the incredibly old yew tree in the church yard and the warm and welcoming pub.
Written 2 September 2017
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ChasNorthWales
St. Asaph, UK169 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Couples
Sir Henry Jones (1852-1922) was born at “Y Cwm” and the museum of his life was opened in 1934 by his friend David Lloyd George. Sir Henry advised Lloyd George on educational matters when he was in office. Sir Henry was a great educational reformer and thus he became a major influence on the educational system in Wales and beyond. He was a founding father of secondary education in Great Britain, a prolific author and a zealous university lecturer.

The museum houses a collection of everyday utensils and objects that would have been familiar to Sir Henry in his childhood and youth. As soon as you step inside the museum you get a feeling of the domestic and working life of the Jones family at the end of the 19th century.

We were very impressed with the vegetable plot in the cottage front garden as we walked up to the entrance of “Y Cwm” from the car park. This area is tended and used by some of the volunteers and the simple project has thus created an authentic period garden in keeping with the museum.

Sadie Williams is the Museum Development and Marketing Officer and she is based at the unit. This lady was very helpful and she gave us a very cordial welcome to the establishment. Her valuable work is supported by a number of energetic volunteers and also the Development Officer of Conwy augments the project at Llangernyw.

Sir Henry Jones left school at the age of 12 and went into employment like many of his generation. In his case, he went to work with his father who was the village shoemaker. A young Henry was allowed to study at home and later won a scholarship to train as a teacher and thence climbed up the ladder of education. Annual university prizes are still awarded in the name of Sir Henry Jones. In 1882 he married Annie Walker, of Kilbirnie. He died at Tighnabruaich, Argyll, on February 4th 1922.

The admission price of £2.50p to the museum is moderate and represents good value for money. The unit is not really suitable for visitors who are disabled because the authentic stairs inside the museum are rather steep and it is necessary to climb these to access the bedrooms. When you move about inside the property you gain some understanding of life in a bygone age without the modern facilities we now take for granted.

Make sure that you come to scenic North Wales in the first place and you will find that the Sir Henry Jones Museum is certainly a “must” for people who love social history. You don’t need permission to come to “Y Cwm” but remember.. "We'll Keep a Welcome" in this spectacular corner of North Wales!

Lastly, remember when you come and visit the museum there’s lots more to see and do in Llangernyw and remember to check the opening hours.
Written 7 September 2014
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Chris B
Prestatyn, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Solo
If you want to see what a small, humble Welsh cottage in a remote village was like in the early years of the last century; visit this little museum. Sir Henry Jones was a remarkable man. From very humble beginnings he became an academic and promoted education in Wales and Scotland. He was knighted in 1912 and made a Companion of Honour in 1922, the year of his death. Combine your visit with a look at the Parish Church of St Digain in the village and see the remarkable 4,000 year old Yew Tree and the grave of Robert Roberts, whose life is also recorded in the museum.
Written 17 August 2013
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PJSSESDS
Sutton in Ashfield, UK109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
We found this museum to be really interesting and well worth the visit. It's probably one of the less well known museums and I suspect visited by very few people but if you're interested in local history and people who make a difference to the education of people then this should be on your to do list
Written 11 August 2013
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