Snippets of WW1

WW1 People

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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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Swansea Water Collected

Museum of Water CwmdonkinIt’s great to have our first Swansea donation for the Museum of Water. It’s a sample of water from the drinking fountain at Cwmdonkin Park, as mentioned in Dylan Thomas’ poem The Hunchback in the Park.  It was donated by Mark Thomas of Uplands, a lifelong Dylan Thomas fan.

Eating bread from a newspaper
Drinking water from the chained cup
That the children filled with gravel
In the fountain basin where I sailed my ship

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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.



Object of the week

Mystery Object

“SWANSEA Museum is teaming up with the Evening Post to introduce a new feature that should get time detectives hot under the collar.

The oldest museum in Wales has agreed to share its fascinating treasure trove of Swansea’s past history with our readers through an innovative object of the week feature.

Each week experts from the Victoria Road museum, which is based in the city’s Maritime Quarter, will select an artefact to share with our readers.

Firstly a picture of the object will be published on out website,, in order for people to make a guess about its antiquity and relevance to our area.”

You can read the full story on the South Wales Evening Post here.

Have you tried guessing this week’s mystery object? Have a look here.


Helwick and Canning at Dry Dock

Helwick and Canning at Dry Dock

Helwick and Canning are now docked down and work has commenced on the ultra high pressure jetting to clean off the hulls.

The thickness survey started today and weather permitting, painting should start on Monday.

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for more pictures over the next week.

From the Swansea Museum Collection – Tailwaggers!

tailwaggers dog tag

Recently donated to Swansea Museum, this Tailwaggers Club tag was found in Singleton Park.

Established in 1928, the Tailwaggers club provided funds for the Royal Veterinary College to support their work. Two years later popularity of the charity allowed the club to offer financial support to the newly-formed Guide Dogs for the Blind. At it’s height in the 1930s there were almost 1 million dogs as part of the club, including those of celebrities and the royal family.

A Tailwaggers Club member would wear this tag on their collar, to show their support to their doggie friends.

This pet tag belonged to a dog named ‘Weaver’ who lived on Mayals Road in Swansea. Perhaps he lost his member’s tag when he was enjoying a run in Singleton Park.

Now a trust, Tailwaggers Club is still running today, providing advice and support for owners who find it difficult to pay for the vet’s bills. For more information please go to:

Come and discover what the museum collected in 2012


Swansea Museum is always collecting new objects. Our ‘New Acquisitions’ display shows just some of the exciting items we collected in 2012.  New items range from transportation history, to sports paraphernalia, war mementos, and more. There is something for everyone.

The display was created by our newest intern Robin Reeves:

“Hey, I’m Robin and I’m an American intern who has been working with the museum for the last month.  I’m a second year student studying Art History at the University of North Carolina- Wilmington on exchange to study at Swansea University.  I’ve been given the privilege to create the New Acquisitions display.  Not knowing much about Swansea history, creating the exhibition taught me a great deal about the county and city in a short amount of time.  So, come join me in learning about Swansea and check out what is new to the museum!”

The exhibition runs until April 14 2013.

Half Term ‘Your Treasures’ Craft Workshop


Come down to Swansea Museum this Thursday for a treasure themed drop in craft workshop!

Join artist Ruth McLees to make your own wire work and beaded goodies inspired by our newly displayed treasure case. Smaller visitors will enjoy getting messy with glitter and glue to create their own sparkly treasure pictures to take home.

The workshop is FREE and all materials are provided.

Thursday 14 February, 11am – 1pm and 2pm -4pm. Drop in – no booking required.

A ‘fragment’ of history links Swansea with Cairo

SM195932A piece of ancient glass over 3000 years old, displayed in Swansea University’s Egypt Centre, has been identified as being part of an Egyptian vase which is currently in the Cairo Museum.

The rare fragment, originally belonging to pharaoh Amenhotep II (1498-1387 BC), is on loan from Swansea Museum. The 4cm long piece of glass displays two names of the king picked out in red and yellow on a background of brilliant blue. The names are surmounted by red sun-disks and yellow feathers.

The glass fragment was given to Swansea Museum in 1959. Circumstantial evidence suggested it came from the tomb of queen Tiye (wife of king Amenhotep III). It had been given to Swansea Museum by Miss Annie Sprake Jones of Abergwili who received it from her brother Harold Jones. Harold Jones had been employed as an artist in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings in the early 20th century.

It was German Egyptologist, Birgit Schlick-Nolte who discovered that the Swansea fragment is part of the vessel in the Cairo Museum which comes from the tomb of Amenhotep II. The complete vessel measures around 40cm in height and consists of a white amphora decorated with brown and light blue decoration.

Dr Carolyn Graves-Brown, Curator of the Egypt Centre, said: “Glass of this date is extremely rare in Egypt and was usually given as diplomatic gifts between the kings of the region. Vessels and other artefacts from the reign of Amenhotep II are part of an extraordinary array of sophisticated techniques from an innovative period of glass production. Large vessels such as that in Cairo Museum, from which our fragment originated, were not attempted even in later years. At this date the manufacture of glass was a royal monopoly and as valuable as gold and silver.

“ The Swansea piece with the king’s name would have been prefabricated and placed upon the body of the vessel while it was still in a molten state. Interestingly, one of the names for glass in ancient Egyptian was ‘the stone that flows’.”

Garethe el-Tawab, Curator of Swansea Museum said: “ The loan of this very rare piece of ancient glass by the Museum to our colleagues in the Egypt Centre is a marvellous example of partnership working in international research”.

Visitors will be able to see the rare piece of Egyptian glass for themselves when they come to the Centre which is open from Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and is free to the public. The Centre will be closed from  22nd December reopening on Wednesday 2nd January 2013.

Our oil paintings now on the BBC – Your Paintings section.

Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation (a registered charity) and participating collections and museums from across the UK.

Go check it out…