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The Community Dresser

The Welsh Dresser at Oriel 1, St Fagans National History Museum
How would a Welsh dresser look after four generations in one family? This is one possibility.
The Welsh Dresser at Oriel 1, St Fagans National History Museum

People of all cultures have a place in their homes to keep and display their most precious belongings.

A Welsh dresser is like a personal museum, a place to display old and new, side by side.

Things are added and changed, others stay the same through the generations. Each dresser tells the story of its owners.


We want to create a contemporary dresser, one that reflects what is important to people today.


Objects curated by different communities from around Wales will be displayed in the Oriel 1 gallery, St Fagans National History Museum, for 6 months at a time, and then returned to their owners.

Over time, we hope to display a number of objects. They will also be displayed permanently in 'Rhagor', our Virtual Museum.

These will reflect the story of Wales today, just as the traditional Welsh dresser reflected the history of families over the centuries.

If you'd like to know more, or get involved, please contact Owain Rhys, Curator of Contemporary Life on 029 2057 3428 or email

The groups that have taken part so far have been: (click on the group name for more information)


Below is a full list of items that have been chosen to date: [click on the thumbnails below for details]