About Wales

Penarth Pier











About Wales is the online successor to the Trust’s respected print magazine. We plan a new relationship between fresh online content and print publication. This page will function as a contents page for essays, reviews and the occasional opinion piece.

Online content

Our Director, Dr Matthew Griffiths, retires after 25 years





Celebrating 50 years of the Civic Trust for Wales

The past successes of Conwy Civic Society, and the future by Dr Michael Senior or Society histories_Conwy (pdf)


Civic Societies (see the Civic Society page)

 Rebuilding a civic society (Abergavenny)

Civic awards (Wrexham)

Engaging with the planning process_Cardiff (Cardiff)

Blue Plaques and plaque trails (Usk)


Civic Trust for Wales's Characterisation Manual

Sense of place: Victorian Penarth

Character study: Charlotte Square

Characterisation, community engagement and place-making

Characterisation: exploring place with community groups

Characterising Newtown


Ghost advertising

The vision of Nick Roe



Essays/opinion pieces/reviews

Nairn’s vision

Et in arcadia ego

Plas Llanelly House

Town and village greens: the story of Llandaff Meadow

Nonconformist heritage of Wales from Addolai Cymru & RCAHMW

Book review: Homes for Welsh Workers 


Wales Coast Path (a series of articles being written by Lindsay Cuddy):

1 Sully to Penarth



History of planning in Wales (articles to follow, there will be four in total).

Thanks to RTPI Cymru for permission to reproduce the articles

Why Wales is Different…when it comes to planning

2 For ‘Planning’ Read Housing – Town (and country) planning in Wales between 1909 and 1947

3 ‘Make no little plans’: planning in Wales 1945-1996




Victorian Society urges Coal Exchange Inquiry 


Recent print editions

magazine cover 0213

February 2013 download [pdf: 3.31 MB]

Download June 2012 magazine [pdf: 4MB]

March 2011 December 2010 | July 2010 | March 2010