The cultural heritage of Snowdonia National Park includes all the evidence of past human activity and the associations that can be seen, understood and felt. It includes landscapes, buildings, sites, monuments and objects, records, archives and collections, as well as language [and dialects], local customs, legends, traditions and the arts.
The Cultural Heritage Section within the Planning and Cultural Heritage Service works to protect and enhance the archaeology, historic buildings and culture of the National Park.
The Archaeologist is responsible for identifying and recording the National Park’s archaeological heritage. He undertakes surveys, collaborating with other organisations, and is involved in conservation management. He also advises the Authority on archaeology in planning and land management matters.
The Section provides advice to the public on which buildings are listed, and on any proposed alterations requiring Listed Building Consent or Planning Premission. It is advisable to contact this section before submitting a Listed Building consent application to carry out any works, internal or external which affects the character of a listed building. The Section also advises on the conservation of Listed Buildings and traditional buildings to help preserve their character and the important contribution they make to the special qualities of the National Park.
The Section maintains a Listed Buildings at Risk register and can offer some grant aid for eligible Repairs to listed buildings on the register. The Section also administers Town Scheme Partnership Schemes within the Conservation Areas of Aberdyfi, Dolgellau and Harlech. The purpose of the schemes is to preserve or enhance the character of the Conservation Areas by making grants for agreed works of repair and restoration of historic buildings .