Hidden Now Heard MENCAP: Film Showings

The second series of films focus on Swansea Museum’s Hidden Now Heard MENCAP exhibition. Including exciting films such as True Grit, The Crash Reel, andGoldfinger, just to name a few.

Showing films which are connected to the exhibits really allow for a more in depth understanding, and allow members of the public to really explore the topics which are covered in the exhibitions from that particular era.

Film showings are welcome to all, are free of charge, and are all U rated.

Film Date Time
 True Grit January 23 10am
The Crash Reel & The Sands of Iwo Jima February 1 10am & 1pm
Friends of mine February 8 1pm
Goldfinger & Diamonds are Forever February 15 10am & 1pm
The Eighth Day & Tommy February 18 10am & 1pm

About the Hidden Now Heard Mencap Exhibition: MENCAP are researching Hensol Castle and its past history as a hospital for people with learning disabilities. The exhibition will be based on the oral testimony of former residents, staff and those involved in the resettlement of patients.

 

The Evolution of Man 1965-2014, Acid Rock from Wales

TheMan Sticker 1Swansea Museum will be hosting a unique exhibition of memorabilia and photographs covering the legendary band Man and their offshoots. It is the first of its kind in their half-century of music-making.

The exhibition showcases the collection of John Bannon, a long-time fan who has spent over 30 years amassing everything from stickers and badges through photos and T-shirts to posters, set lists and flyers. These trace Man’s story from the Langland Hotel in Swansea where they recorded their first album ‘Revelation’ in 1969 to the world’s great rock stages – San Francisco’s Winterland, the Camden Roundhouse and the Albert Hall to name but three.

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A Child’s Christmas in Wales exhibition, now open!

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A Child’s Christmas in Wales– opens Friday, 14 November

Dylan Thomas, Swansea’s most famous son, captured perfectly his memories of childhood Christmases in his much-loved “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”. His mastery of language cleverly stimulates our emotions and his eye for detail stirs deep memories of our own experiences. Working with Jeff Towns and Swansea artist John Upton we aim to recreate memories of Christmas past.  Displaying paintings inspired by the work of Dylan Thomas and cabinets full of vintage and antique Father Christmas figures, bisque cake decorations and a selection of large, pressed cardboard standees. Included in the exhibition, some examples of scarce Victorian and Edwardian Christmas ceramics.

Rare editions of A Child’s Christmas in Wales from as far afield as America also form part of the exhibition, as well as audio recordings of the famous work and some of John’s paintings that were inspired by it.

To view more exhibition images, click here.

Hidden Now Heard – Volunteer to design the exhibition

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Are you interested in museum exhibitions and / or learning disability history? Hidden Now Heard’s Hensol exhibition at Swansea Museum will be based on information collected from people who used to live and work in Hensol Hospital – a long-stay hospital for people with a learning disability.Mencap’s brand new Hidden Now Heard project is collecting the stories of 80 people connected to 6 former long-stay hospital sites across Wales. This will culminate in a temporary exhibition at various museums local to the 6 former long-stay hospital sites, giving us the opportunity to reach out to people who wouldn’t normally come across this information. This will to enable us to help put learning disability history issues at the forefront of people’s minds.Stay tuned for more information! You can follow their facebook page for more information.They are also looking for volunteers to help them design the exhibition. You’ll be helping to design a Hensol exhibition at Swansea Museum beginning on the 13th October.Hidden Now Heard are looking for creative people to help design their exhibition at Swansea Museum based on information collected from people who used to live and work in Hensol Hospital – a long-stay hospital for people with a learning disability.For more information on volunteering please click here

Swansea Pottery – A Celebration.

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2014 sees both the 250th anniversary of the beginning of industrialised potting in Swansea, and the 200th anniversary of the production of porcelain in Swansea.

While there had been potting in and around Swansea prior to 1764, at the Burrows and on the Gower, July 31st of that year saw the ground of the old copper works on the Strand leased by burgess to William Coles. Coles was a Quaker Ironmaster from Neath, who undertook to “erect a manufactory for the production of earthenware and stoneware”.

There had been experiments to produce porcelain in Swansea prior to 1814. However, it was the arrival of William Billingsley and Samuel Walker from Nantgarw, in October 1914, and the construction of a new porcelain kiln, which saw the beginning of “Swansea Porcelain” production.

This exhibition showcases the variety of wares produced in Swansea between 1764 and 1814.

The subject of ceramic production in Swansea is an enormous subject; much has been written before this exhibition, and I am sure, will be in the future.

The exhibition opens to the public on Friday 19th September in The Long Gallery.

Film showings at the Museum

Swansea Museum embraces modern media improving the visitor experience. As part of Swansea Museum’s exhibitions and events programme, the Museum will be showing films regularly, adding a new dimension, and ensuring that visitors are really captivated by the topics and subjects explored within its exhibitions.

Showing films which are connected to the exhibits really allow for a more in depth understanding, and allow members of the public to really explore the topics which are covered in the exhibitions from that particular era.

The first series of films focus on Swansea Museum’s WW1 exhibition, Swansea and the Great War. Including exciting films such as Dr Zhivago, My Boy Jack, Warhorse and Birdsong, just to name a few.

Film showings are welcome to all, are free of charge, and are all U rated.

2014

Film Date Time
Warhorse August 17 2pm
Gallipoli September 7 2pm
Private Peaceful September 21 2pm
Farewell to Arms October 5 2pm
The Monocoled Mutineer October 19 2pm
My Boy Jack November 2 2pm
Beneath Hill 60 November 16 2pm
All the Kings Men December 7 2pm
Birdsong December 14 2pm

 

Snippets of WW1

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Have you visited our WW1 exhibition yet? Swansea and the Great War focuses 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. 

Here’s a video from our opening night

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White Rock Ferry

White-Rock-Ferry-cover-212x300The White Rock Ferry was the essential means of crossing the Tawe for copper workers at White Rock and Hafod and the public going from Pentrechwyth to the town. (All photos courtesy of West Glamorgan Archive Service.)

White Rock volunteers Tudor and Janet Price have written a comprehensive history of the White Rock Ferry and the families who operated it. Their research took them to Swansea’s three archives and both museums. They interviewed members of the ferry families, young at the time the ferry ran but with clear and vivid memories.

Copies of the booklet are available at Swansea Museum, Swansea Museum Collections Centre at Landore (open on Wednesdays), or email John Ashley.

For more information, please visit the whiterocktrails.org website

 

Young Archaeologists’ Club

  • Second Saturday of Each Month, 10.30am – 1.30pm, 14 June
  • Glamorgan Young Archaeologists’ Club (Suitable for ages 9 – 16)

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Bonhams’ Valuation Day – 16 July

An item that was consigned into the Cardiff office, it just goes to prove that value can be found so close by. Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatoff (Russian, 1876-1945) 'Capri'  Sold in 2011 for £80,000

Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatoff (Russian, 1876-1945) ‘Capri’
Sold in 2011 for £80,000

Just a quick note to let you know about our Bonhams’ Valuation day coming up on 16 July.

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

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

Please phone Bonhams to book as places are limited. Times between 10 and 2pm.

The photos are 3 items that were consigned into the Cardiff office, it just goes to prove that value can be found so close by…

  1. A jewelled gold bowl possibly Alexander Treiden for Hahn, St. Petersburg, before 1899. Sold in 2014 for £22,000
  2. A silver-gilt shaded enamel topographical spoon Feodor Rückert, Moscow, 1908-1917. Sold in 2014 for £30,000
  3. Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatoff (Russian, 1876-1945) ‘Capri’. Sold in 2011 for £80,000
Russian gold bird bowl

A jewelled gold bowl possibly Alexander Treiden for Hahn, St. Petersburg, before 1899
Sold in 2014 for £22,000

Russian enamel spoon

A silver-gilt shaded enamel topographical spoon Feodor Rückert, Moscow, 1908-1917
Sold in 2014 for £30,000