REDHOUSE is an arts and creative industries centre situated in the Old Town Hall — a magnificent Grade II* listed building — in the heart of Merthyr Tydfil. Redhouse opened to the public on St. David’s Day 2014, following an extensive £8M capital redevelopment programme supported by the Welsh Government, European Regional Development Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund & Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council in association with Miller Argent.
Emerging in an environment which has suffered years of economic decline, Redhouse will become a catalyst for cultural regeneration: awakening the spirit of creative enterprise that was once a hallmark of a venerable town at the centre of the industrial revolution in Great Britain.
There is no charge for visiting the building to look around.
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Built in 1896, the Old Town Hall was originally the seat of local government, which included the Council Chamber, Magistrates Court and holding cells for remand prisoners.
After years of use as a civic building these services moved elsewhere in 1989, leaving the Old Town Hall vacant. In the intervening years the Old Town Hall was divested to private ownership and used as a nightclub where it was unceremoniously vandalised and fell into disuse and disrepair.
Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association resolved to save the building and preserve its unique heritage and character when they purchased the Old Town Hall in 2007. Working with a range of funding partners, the venerable building started the journey towards its new life as a centre for the arts, heritage and creative industries.
The Old Town Hall has been extensively renovated and restored, blending its beautiful period features with brand new arts facilities and technologies to make it a truly inspirational building.
The entrance mosaic’s inscription ‘Y ddraig goch a ddyry gychwyn‘ (meaning “the red dragon advances” in English), comes from a poem written by Deio ap Ieuan Ddu (c.1460-80).