ABOUT US

The New Library is a partnership between the parish church of St Illtud the cultural facilitation company Coleridge in Wales Ltd. Working with the Diocese of Llandaff we’ve already created and actively deliver the Landscapes of Faith project undertaken with the Welsh Government, and the Journeys in Faith project funded by the Allchurches Trust.

New funding partners & investment are sought. (Link to DONATE)

Llantwit is a vibrant, welcoming Christian community who continue a tradition of worship stretching back 1,500 years.

The Church of St Illtud

The church’s story at Llantwit Major is an important part of the development of Christianity in Britain.  Around 500 AD a man called Illtud established a monastery here. It became a major centre, the oldest recorded foundation of learning in Britain. The community here attracted people from great distances. It is said that David, the patron saint of Wales, studied with Illtud at Llantwit Major before establishing his church in West Wales. Illtud’s students and followers went on to build small church communities all over Wales.

Today’s worshipping community extends a warm welcome to all visitors. Weekly services are held here amid detailed 13th-century painting and stone carvings, and the gospel preached is made accessible for today’s hearts and minds. The West Church is now used as a community space, concert venue, refectory, welcome area and lecture hall. The collection of Llantwit’s internationally significant Celtic stones, discovered on the site, opened to the public in 2013 in the rebuilt Galilee Chapel following a £635,000 development supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It is an active and outward-looking congregation who are delighted to share the heritage of the remarkable Celtic history which continues to attract and inspire people today.

Coleridge in Wales Ltd

Coleridge in Wales Ltd is a not-for-profit company that delivers cultural projects and reveals new possibilities in public life, business, education, community, environment and well-being. It is a problem-solving initiative with a holistic approach, creating cultural space and dialogue where new things can happen. The team have created and delivered projects for government, local authorities, big business, small enterprises, communities, charities and campaigning organisations. New relationships. New confidences.

In 2016 the Diocese of Llandaff asked Coleridge in Wales Ltd for help in developing their mission. The resulting collaboration created the Journeys in Faith project, funded by the Allchurches Trust. Coleridge in Wales has created initiatives that seek to help the church discover more confidence in being the church in the diverse contemporary cultural landscape. The work calls upon expertise in philosophy, theology relationship and culture. Coleridge in Wales is not a religious organisation, but provides cultural facilitation. In the tradition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who was a brilliant and major British theologian, and inspired by the trajectory of the British scholar John Rogerson, Coleridge in Wales’ approach to faith and inter-faith dialogue boasts robust theological and cultural insights.

Coleridge in Wales Ltd delivered an eighty day national festival across Wales in 2016

“The current dominating church traditions are not wrong; the Evangelical tradition claims the ice-cream, and the Anglo-Catholics hold the cones, but neither comes forward jointly to offer expected refreshment to the public, and no-one has really thought about the breadth of opportunity emerging from the acquisition of an ice-cream van.”

R M Parry, founder of Coleridge in Wales

THE STORY SO FAR

We’ve formed a working partnership. The journey so far:

  • developed the Galilee Chapel into a world class museum of Celtic stones with a £635,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant
  • secured funding from the Welsh Government for the Landscapes of Faith project 
  • secured funding from the Allchurches Trust for the Journeys in Faith project 
  • established the Library at Llantwit in The Old Gatehouse, a beautiful medieval building close to the church
  • taken possession of books forming the Kingdom of Heaven Library and the Caldecott Threshold Collection
  • established housing for the Coleridge in Wales archive
  • begun exploring further acquisitions of  Welsh, Cornish and Gaelic collections
  • begun the cultural and community programme
  • become an affiliated centre with the Cambridge University Centre for the Study of Platonism