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Margam Interiors

In 2023, CHART was awarded a UKRI Challenges to develop a partnership with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council (NPTCBC) and CFP Landscape and Heritage Consultancy over the ‘lost’ interiors of Margam Castle, a 19th century Gothic mansion in south Wales once owned by the Talbot family.
Exterior view of Margam Castle

In February 2024, the award of a UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) enabled the Project Partnership to develop a new digital interpretation of Margam Castle, focusing on virtual reconstructions of the castle’s interiors. These interiors were lost, firstly to a four-day sale in 1941 and then to a fire in 1977.

A community and volunteer strand of work, led by CFP Landscape and Heritage, has been supplemented by a systematic study of historical records and archives, led by CHART, and digital heritage innovation (led by CODAH, Centre for Digital Arts and Humanities, at Swansea University). During the digital phase of the project, we will work with technical specialists to recreate the interior as a furnished, navigable model to create both on-site and off-site digital experiences of the Victorian-era Castle.

Co-Investigators:
Dr Hilary Orange
Dr Leighton Evans

Research Officer:
Beau Jones