Help us raise funds to bring Blodwen home! Blodwen is a skeleton from the Neolithic period (around 5,500 years old). She was recovered the Little Orme, Llandudno, in 1891. Blodwen is a very special part of Llandudno's heritage, and very close to our hearts. Let's all come together to give her the best homecoming we possibly can!
Llandudno Museum is an independent museum and a registered Charity (number 217013) in Llandudno, Conwy, North Wales. We tell the story of Llandudno through our rich collections from earliest prehistory to the present day. Our museum exists for the education and enjoyment of local people and visitors to Llandudno.
What is our idea?
The Bacup Natural History Society, Bacup, Lancashire have looked after Blodwen for many years, but Llandudno Museum is delighted that Bacup are now offering Blodwen to Llandudno Museum as a donation. We are so excited to be able to bring Blodwen home!
Blodwen provides us with a window into Llandudno's ancient past, more than 5,000 years ago - her bones tell us that she was in her late 50s to early 60s when she died, and that she was used to hard work, and suffered with arthritis. We also know that Blodwen had secondary cancer, though we can't be sure whether this caused her death. Imagine Blodwen's world - coming from a small farming community, perhaps somewhere near to the Litte Orme where she was found. Her advanced age suggests that she may even have been a respected elder within her community.
We want to tell Blodwen's story for the benefit of everyone who comes to see her - we want to join with the wider community to celebrate this hugely important part of our shared heritage.
Why are we crowdfunding?
Blodwen deserves the very best in interpretation and display. Llandudno Museum is launching this public appeal to raise funds for a new display case, and the funds to design and install an exhibition that will tell the story of Blodwen's life for the benefit of everyone in Llandudno.
'Blodwen is very close to a lot of peoples’ hearts in Llandudno. She’s such a special part of our heritage, and local people love to imagine what her life may have been like – where did she live, how did she see the world, what did the landscape look like 5,500 years ago?
Blodwen provides us with a real link to our distant past, and I think it’s wonderful that the Museum wish to bring the community together to celebrate Blodwen and provide people with a way to learn more about life in Neolithic in North Wales.'
- Helen Bradley, Heritage Tourism Project Officer