On Tuesday, 21 November 2017, Canolfan Peniarth launched two new history packs at Kidwelly Castle with children from Ysgol y Castell, Kidwelly and the author, Dr Mererid Hopwood.

The resources have been prepared specifically to help teachers develop learners' knowledge and understanding of everyday life in medieval Wales by looking at famous personalities and castles of the period, and what better place to launch the resource, than in one of the main castles in Wales, Kidwelly Castle.

Authored by Dr Sioned Vaughan Hughes, Dr Russell Grigg and Dr Mererid Hopwood, the Medieval Castles resource pack discuss why and how the castles were built, with an insight to the everyday lives of the people who lived in them , while the Famous Personalities resource pack focuses on the history of Princess Nest, Princess Gwenllian, Gerlad the Great, Llywelyn the Great, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Owain Glyndŵr.

Mr Gwydion Wynne, Director of Canolfan Peniarth, said, "Both resource packs are extremely interesting, and are full of stories and interesting facts from the period. Most importantly, however, they will be very valuable resources for schools and children, as they contain so many important and significant facts and stories about Wales and our history in a simple and interesting way for children."

During the launch, the children of Ysgol y Castell, Kidwelly had the opportunity to learn about the history of Princess Gwenllian and the local Castle, as well as an opportunity to be crowned by Mererid with a unique crown. This was not a royal crown, but the National Eisteddfod Crown which Mererid won at the Meifod Eisteddfod in 2003.

Both new packages are available to purchase from Canolfan Peniarth’s online shop, or from local bookshops.