Opened by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in 1995, the Dylan Thomas Centre is now nearing its twentieth year as Ty Llen: home to all things literary and cultural for the city and county of Swansea.

The timeline below showcases some of the most significant periods in the building’s history. 


Thomas Bowen a local builder starts work starts on The Old Guildhall, Swansea, working to designs by John Collingwood, architect of Gloucester.


The Old Guildhall opens housing the town hall for Swansea, court rooms and smaller offices.


The building was enlarged and entirely remodelled by William Richards of Swansea using plans by Thomas Taylor, architect of London to cope with the increased size and demands of the borough and the Guildhall officially opens.


Extensions and alterations to the north and east sides of the building along with interior remodelling carried out partly by CJ Phipps of London.


The building ceased use as a Guildhall and served as a Juvenile Employment Centre, briefly interrupted during the Second World War when the building was used as a recruitment centre for the army.


The Old Guildhall becomes the Secondary Technical School, which is later replaced by the Technical College and College of Further Education.


The building houses the annexe to Dynevor Comprehensive School.


The building closed and fell into disrepair.


After a period of disuse, the building was substantially refurbished and reopened as 'The Dylan Thomas Centre', fondly known as 'Ty Llen' (National Literature Centre of Wales). The Centre was officially reopened by former President of the USA, Jimmy Carter.


The original Dylan Thomas Exhibition opens at the Centre, attracting visitors from all over the world.


The Dylan Thomas Exhibition is refurbished and expanded to coincide with the centenary celebration of his birth, enabling visitors to gain an even greater insight into one of Swansea’s leading cultural figures.


With the University’s investment, the Dylan Thomas Centre is now a multi-purpose venue open to host a range of events and functions. Now, with a new purpose, the Dylan Thomas Centre is being restored to its former glory and is combining the old with the new to widen its product offering. The focus today is on innovation, commerce, business and education.