Swansea and the Great War 1914 – 1918.

Swansea and the Great War exhibition opening  this Friday, on 25 July, until 18 January 2015 in Gallery One. 

The 28th July 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of one of the most catastrophic wars in European history.

Over 60 million people were mobilised for the armed forces alone. Young men signed up to serve in their thousands from all over Britain including, of course, Swansea and South Wales.

Many of those who signed up never came home and those who did were often greatly affected by the events they witnessed.

Great War Loughor

The exhibition will focus on the stories of several Swansea individuals who were involved in the Great War. As well as the stories of the men who went to fight the exhibition will also reveal the struggles faced by women who were left behind. It will look at their contribution to the war effort and we will also explore the stories of those who conscientiously objected.

City Witness : Medieval Swansea

21st June – 7th Sept


City Witness: Medieval Swansea

Long Gallery

In 1290, a Welshman, William Cragh, was hanged in Swansea by the Anglo-Norman Lord of Gower – but that wasn’t the end of the story… This exhibition uses the strange tale of William Cragh as the starting-point for exploring medieval Swansea, drawing on the major new research project City Witness: Place and Perspective in Medieval Swansea (www.medievalswansea.ac.uk), including maps, digital visualisations and artefacts from the Swansea Museum collection.

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“Inspired by the work of Dylan Thomas”

Inspired black on white

14th April – 15th June

Cardiff Metropolitan University Photographic Practise Students present – “Inspired by the work of Dylan Thomas”

Long Gallery

The group consists of ten second year students who have chosen to photographically interpret the words of Dylan Thomas. Each student will use their unique perspective to produce a body of work that will reflect the rich and diverse prose of Dylan Thomas.  The group have chosen pieces that will positively reflect Thomas’ legacy and Welsh heritage.

Below is just a mere snippet of their wonderful work, please feel free to come down and see their work.

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April Half Term Workshops

15 April until 18 April

From 10:00  at 13:30

April Half Term Workshops

Lizzie the Elephant workshop with artist Thomas Goddard
20 places max available for each session.

Lizzie the Elephant lived under the stairs at Swansea Museum for over 50 years. Join Artist Thomas Goddard as he leads an elephant mask making workshop. Learn about Lizzie’s life and a unique piece of Swansea history.

A Locws International commission for Art Across The City 2014

All activities are free. Booking essential telephone Swansea Museum.

Workshops take place at Swansea Museum.

All children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.


Valuation Day at Swansea Museum – Wednesday 9 April

Swansea Museum are proud to announce that it will be hosting Bonhams.

“For size and scope, Bonhams fine and decorative art valuation service is without equal. Our valuers are renowned for their professionalism, knowledge and confidentiality.” www.bonhams.com

Wednesday 9th April – Times between 11 and 3pm.

Please feel free to bring items that you wish to be valued, whether it’s furniture, paintings, porcelain, pottery…

Phone to book now as places are limited.

Below are a few items that Bonhams have valued and sold in the past which you may find of interest…  

Venus with Cupid stealing honey  signed with the artist's device of the winged serpent and dated '1537' (on tree-trunk, upper left)  oil on panel 51.1 x 36.2cm (20 1/8 x 14 1/4in). unframed  Sold for £1.9M

Venus with Cupid stealing honey
signed with the artist’s device of the winged serpent and dated ‘1537’ (on tree-trunk, upper left)
oil on panel
51.1 x 36.2cm (20 1/8 x 14 1/4in).
Sold for £1.9M.
Picture courtesy of Bonhams

'Llanryhwydrus - (the artist's grandfather's church)' signed with initials 'KW.' (lower right); bears label verso oil on canvas  51 x 61cm (20 1/16 x 24in). Painted in 1972.  Sold for £25,000

‘Llanryhwydrus – (the artist’s grandfather’s church)’
signed with initials ‘KW.’ (lower right); bears label verso oil on canvas
51 x 61cm (20 1/16 x 24in).
Painted in 1972.
Sold for £25,000.
Picture courtesy of Bonhams.

The brilliant-cut diamond, weighing 7.31 carats, in a four-claw platinum mount, UK hallmark, ring size M  Sold for £27,000

The brilliant-cut diamond, weighing 7.31 carats, in a four-claw platinum mount, UK hallmark, ring size M
Sold for £27,000.
Picture courtesy of Bonhams.

About Bonhams 

“Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house and one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The Bonhams name is recognized worldwide throughout all sectors of the fine art, antiques and collectors market, with several of its departments established world leaders within their specialist category.” www.bonhams.com


St David’s Day Workshop

Join Lisa Marie Evans on the 1 March from 10am – 1pm & 2 – 4pm for a St David’s Day Sewing workshop.

Create a beautiful felt stitched decoration on a St David’s Day theme.

As well as Lisa’s felt workshop we have:

*           Welsh Cakes baked as you wait

*           St David’s day themed face painting

*           Decorate a cupcake for St David’s Day

Most appropriate for ages: 8+ although younger can attend but will need parental/adult help.

Don’t forget we’ve got lots of other exciting events taking place throughout the year. Click to view them here.


Dylan’s Swansea: collage and painting workshop

Artist Lucy Donald is holding a collage and painting workshop next week. It’s a free to attend event so please come along!

It’s most appropriate for ages: 8-16 although younger can attend)

The public will be using collage, paint and pastels to create mixed media creations that reflect Dylan Thomas’ post war Swansea Inspired by the artist John Piper’s WW2 paintings.

Thursday 27 February | 10-1 & 2-4 


Dylan’s Swansea – New exhibition

21th February – 6th July

Dylan’s Swansea


Gallery One

This exhibition celebrates the Swansea that Dylan knew, where he was born, grew up, worked and played and how this influenced his work.  The exhibition features Wyn Thomas’ wonderful illustrations of some of Dylan’s haunts around the town itself Uplands, Mumbles and Gower.  SwanseaMuseum has worked with author and Dylan enthusiast JeffTowns in presenting an exhibition that tries to understand how the pubs places and people of Swansea were so influential to his work.

Mystery Object

We’ve teamed up with the South Wales Evening Post to bring you an exciting new feature. Each week the Evening Post will be posting a mystery object, leaving you a few days to try and find out exactly what the item is.

To read the article, please click here. The full item description will be released within the next few days, so please check back in on the South Wales Evening Post website to find out about the exciting mystery object.



“Life at No 5 post Dylan” Professor Lyn Davies – 11 February


“Life at No 5 post Dylan” Professor Lyn Davies – 11 February – 1.00 pm until 2.00pm

The latest in the fascinating series of lunchtime talks organised by the Royal Institution of South Wales will be held on Tuesday February 11th at Swansea Museum, by kind permission of the Curator Mrs. Garethe El-Tawab, and the occasion gets underway at 1.00 pm until 2.00. The topic is one that is a focus of interest throughout the city generally, but particularly so this year, with a series of events scheduled to mark the life and times of Dylan Thomas, that poet of genius and admittedly notoriety – whatever your view of Dylan he could never be described as boring !

Emeritus Professor Lyn Davies of Reading University – and a former pupil at Swansea Grammar School – will entertain with his unique insight into life at number five Cwmdonkin Drive, after Dylan and his parents had moved out, and Lyn and his parents Emlyn and Muriel Davies took over the house. Professor Davies has the advantage of that very personal experience of life in the Dylan household and the equally personal notes that his parents made during their years there. His Father was the Art and Music Teacher at Glanmor Girls School in Swansea, and also a friend to Dylan himself, writing a book in calligraphy entitled “Dylan Thomas Illuminations” as a tribute to the man he knew.

The house of course contained many other artisticitems related to the poet, in addition to the memories of his life there that he included in much of his work, and the lecture will without doubt present an intriguing new look into the world that Dylan knew so well, and that the Davies family must have been pleased to be a part of in their time there – an occasion not to be missed for anyone who has Dylan Thomas and his work in the heart !