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The Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates (ISWE) is a national research centre which exists to enhance understanding of the role of estates and country houses in the histories, cultures and landscapes of Wales.
Their impacts and influences were often profound: up until their breakup and demise in the early-twentieth century, landed estates formed integral parts of Welsh life. It was here that much of the social, cultural, political, economic and industrial fabric of Wales was stitched together, exerting influences across local, national and global spheres.

From our home at Bangor University we use the archives, cultural heritage collections and built environments associated with these places to promote an interdisciplinary programme of research, ensuring that the knowledge we generate regarding Wales’ past is accessible and shared to contribute constructively to its future.

The following principles guide our work:

  • Research excellence
  • Collections-based
  • Partnership and collaboration
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Public and community engagement

Working with our partners, it is our objective to make a long-term contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of Wales, and to a vibrant programme of research which international in scope and significance. We invite you to join us on this mission. For more information on our work, details of forthcoming events and how you can support and follow our development, please contact us.