In 1981 the Isle of Anglesey County Council acquired at auction the studio collection of Charles Tunnicliffe, who died in 1979. The artist had lived at Malltraeth since moving there from his native Cheshire in 1947. It is widely regarded that much of his best known work was completed whilst living on Anglesey. It was through the efforts of the Local Authority, together with the determination of devotees of his work that this collection was purchased in its entirety and safeguarded for the island’s residents and its visitors.

Following this acquisition, it was decided that a permanent home was required for the collection. Oriel Ynys Môn, a purpose built museum and gallery was opened in 1991, and has since endeavoured to collect and exhibit items with a local relevance. It now contains an important collection of works by Kyffin Williams, the Massey Sisters of Llangoed, and several other artists.

imageSince opening Oriel Ynys Môn has displayed items from various National Collections, and has played host to some of Kyffin Williams’ major retrospective exhibitions. Indeed, the museum and gallery is indebted to the late Kyffin Williams for generously donating over 400 drawings and paintings into the fine art collection, including works by other well-known artists. In 2008, through the sale of a limited edition run of prints based on his drawings, together with funding from its governing body - the Isle of Anglesey County Council, donations by the public through the Kyffin Williams Trust and Art Council for Wales, Oriel Kyffin Williams was built. This permanent tribute to one of Anglesey’s best known artists now hosts two annual exhibitions, and has exhibited items from the National Library of Wales, The National Portrait Gallery together with other national institutions.

Oriel Ynys Môn is also indebted to the many private lenders of artworks and artefacts which are displayed alongside the existing collections.

There has always been a focus to develop and expand the collection. This is done mostly through generous donations by individuals, together with purchases and transfers from other institutions.

Items from Oriel Ynys Môn’s extensive collection are used in the ever changing programme of exhibitions, and are loaned out to other accredited museums within the UK.



imageDuring early 2014, a substantial collection of artwork by the artist Harry Hughes Williams was donated to Oriel Ynys Môn. We are very grateful for the generosity of the artist’s family in donating this wonderful collection for the benefit of the people of Anglesey and beyond - more information

In the photo we see Harry Hughes Williams outside his home – Mynydd Mwyn farm. The photo was taken in the early 1950s.

Please contact the museum if you wish to view items that are not on display.



Safeguarding the history of Anglesey

imageOriel Ynys Môn is very grateful to those who give objects and works of art to add to our permanent museum collection. Indeed the museum receives a large proportion of its collections through the generosity of individuals or bequests.

It is important that every acquisition is in line with our Collections Development Policy, and that we have the resources to look after and store each item appropriately. As a result, it is not always possible for us to accept donations of objects. However, in the event that we cannot accommodate your gift, we may be able to suggest an alternative museum or recipient.

imageIf you are interested in donating to Oriel Ynys Môn, please contact our staff before you bring your items to the Museum. Please do not drop off or post items without first contacting the Museum - it is important that we ensure that your potential gift is properly identified and cared for.

Please do contact Oriel Ynys Môn if you have something you would like to give.

Here is a copy of our official donation form.

Click here to see a list of recent accessions into Oriel Ynys Môn’s museum collection.




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