Gary Ball

Member of EXARC since
E-mail address
historymattersonline [at]
United Kingdom

Project Officer at Faterion Hanes - History Matters. Gary has 30 years’ experience of re-enactment and living history, background in archaeology and construction.

Founded in 2009, History Matters interprets heritage sites to visitors and provides the resources to enhance and complement historical monuments and heritage events. We specialize in living history displays of the Middle Ages and also promote, manage and develop projects at Ty Mawr Medieval Hall, built in 1460 and restored in 1998.

History Matters is working to develop an education centre on the grounds of Ty Mawr Medieval Hall near Castle Caereinon in Mid Wales, where we have begun building a medieval timber-framed 'shelter shed'. We also plan to construct a medieval timber-framed barn and kitchen building using traditional tools, materials and methods, along with the clay and stone bread ovens and an earth archery butt for longbow shooting. Clients range from community groups, private individuals, and Local Government to Heritage Organisations, including the National Trust and English Heritage. A core element of our work is the education department, based at Ty Mawr where we are developing hands-on resources for visiting schools.

Volunteering is central to our work and projects have involved members from a wide range of cultural, national and linguistic backgrounds. We also work with the UNA Exchange Wales, providing projects for international volunteers.