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Man, Myth and Museum

Iorwerth C. Peate and the Making of the Welsh Folk Museum

The first book dedicated to the life and legacy of Welsh curator and academic Iorweth C. Peate.

This study examines Iorweth C. Peate’s role in the foundation and development of the Welsh Folk Museum at St Fagans, and his contribution to ethnology, museology, and the cultural history of Wales. It is written in accessible language and makes extensive use of summary and translation.

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Table of Contents

The land of lost content: the developing academic and the rural dream
The National Museum of Wales
Trouble and strife
The vanishing country craftsman
The search for the Welsh house
‘A fair field full of folk’: Iorwerth Peate and folk life
To dream the impossible dream...a folk museum for Wales?
Planning for the move
Developing the folk park
Frustration and fulfilment
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