Free Easter Activities at Swansea Museum!

Prehistoric Sculpture Workshop for Adults: Saturday 2 April, 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 4pm

Study Palaeolithic and Neolithic art with Michelle Dawson. You will be introduced to some pre-historic artefacts, decorative techniques and the ancient use of red ochre pigment. Then respond by creating your own sculpture. You can experiment using air drying clay or try carving into thermalite blocks.

 

The Red Baron: Sunday 3 April, 1.30pm

Join our special screening of the classic film plotting the remarkable tale of the infamous German fighter pilot, Manfred von Richtofen, who served with the Imperial German Army Air Service during the First World War.

 

Family Egyptology Day: Saturday 9 April

Explore the world of ancient Egypt through our special Egyptology Day, featuring workshops on calligraphy, hieroglyphics, amulets and shabtis. Something for everyone!

 

Stained Glass Art Workshop: Sunday 10th April, 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 4pm

Free art workshop with a local stained glass artist Huda Awad – suitable for beginners.

 

Thousands of enthusiasts enjoy classic motorcycle show in Swansea

More than 2,000 enthusiasts flocked to a classic motorcycle show at Swansea Museum.

The event, held last Sunday outside the museum’s Tramshed building, had many different bikes on display.

Picking up the coveted ‘Best in Show’ prize was Alan Richards with his Ariel Red Hunter, a single-cylinder motorcycle with distinctive dark red petrol and oil tanks that was popular with grass track and trials riders.

Paul Giuffrida, from Swansea Museum, who attended the event said:

“The weekend’s classic motorbike show really proved to be popular, attracting thousands of people who enjoyed the display.

“It was nice to see so many people feeling nostalgic and remembering times when more of the bikes, now considered classics, graced the city’s roads.”

Among the attractions on the day was Swansea’s own competitive motorcyclist, Gordon Daniels, who shared his memories of winning the Manx GP in 1969; and Phil Landeg who won the best competition bike category with his Triumph Trident, the last major motorcycle developed by Triumph Engineering at Meriden, West Midlands.

On a final note, it’s worth remembering that events like this, and the many others we’ve got lined up at the museum, contributing to the Council’s Enjoy Swansea Bay programme, give people even more reasons to visit the city centre, helping to maintain its vitality.

 

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.

 

Welsh Museums Festival at Swansea Museum

Welsh Museums Festival Meet a WW1 soldier from The Welsh Regiment 14th Battalion Swansea pals.

As part of the Welsh Museums Festival, the Museum will be open late on Friday 10th October.

Between 2.00 and 5.00p.m. and again from 7.00 to 8.30p.m a soldier from The Welsh Regiment 14th Battalion Swansea pals will be here to answer all your questions on ‘A soldier’s day of R and R’.

After serving in the front line for several months

What does he do?

Where does he stay?

What were the conditions he was working under?

He’ll discuss the repairs, cleaning and training he had to do as well the need of rest and recovery. He’ll demonstrate weapon and webbing cleaning, repairs, the sending and receiving of post and parcels and chatting.

Other events during the week include –

Saturday, October 4th – 10.00-1.00 & 2.00–4.00

age 4+

Poppies and Planes Workshop for children

Wednesday, October 8th

10-4pm

Collections Centre Open Day

Friday, October 10th

At 2.00 to 5.00pm and again at  7.00 to 9.00pm

Meet a WW1 Soldier

Saturday, October 11th

at 2pm

‘Swansea and the Great War’ talk by Bernard Lewis

See here for more details

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

 

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

The Three Lives of Dylan Thomas book launch 26 June at 7pm

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Dylan Thomas by Alfred Janes, 1953. Harry Ransom Centre, University of Texas at Austin © estate of Alfred Janes

Hilly Janes daughter of Alfred Janes is launching her new book “ The Three Lives of Dylan Thomas” on 26th June at 7pm. She will be giving a short talk with a Q&A session afterwards. Here are a few lines about the book. In The Three Lives of Dylan Thomas, Hilly Janes explores the poet’s extraordinary life and legacy through the eyes of her father, the artist Alfred Janes, Thomas’s great friend, who  painted the poet at three key moments, in 1934, 1953  and, posthumously, in 1964. Janes, like Thomas, went to Swansea Grammar School, and later studied at the art school. Along with other sons of Swansea including Daniel Jones, Mervyn Levy, Vernon Watkins and Charlie Fisher, Janes was one of the remarkably talented ‘Kardomah Boys’ to whom Thomas paid tribute in his poignant post-war elegy to the town, Return Journey.

In the Three Lives of Dylan Thomas, Hilly Janes plots the journey of the self-styled ‘Rimbaud of Cwmdonkin Drive’ from his birthplace in Swansea to London and back again, drawing on a personal archive that includes drawings, diaries, letters and new interviews with Thomas’s friends and descendants, as well as with biographers, critics and art historians. Her portrait digs beneath the reputation of the feckless, disloyal, boozy Welsh bard to reveal a very complex character who was much loved by those who knew him well.


Here are some quotes from reviews of the book if you want to include them: Griff Rhys Jones: “An excellent take on a complex subject.” Professor John Sutherland, The Times: “One closes Hilly Janes’s modest, but clear-sighted, life with the conclusion that he had an extraordinary gift… And one really ought, one thinks, take another look at the work of Fred Janes….” Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times: “A reminder that the point about Thomas was not his chaotic life but his luminous talent.” Allan Massie, The Scotsman: “Hilly Janes has written the best of the many books about Dylan Thomas which I have read. ”

Medieval Swansea game sneak peek

Here’s a sneak peak of the Medieval Swansea game that they are launching very soon! We’re really excited about this project. If you’d like to register to any of the events then please give us a call on 01792 653 763.

For more information, please visit Medieval Swansea.

Medieval Game

Hafod-Morfa Copperworks Regeneration Project

Hafod-Morfa Copperworks Regeneration Project – ‘Living History Festival’ June 14th

Swansea project is a collaborative partnership between Swansea University and the City and County of Swansea.  It is focused on the heritage-led regeneration of the site of the former Hafod-Morfa Copperworks in the Lower Swansea Valley.

It’s an exciting project in Swansea, UK, to regenerate one of the most important industrial heritage sites in the world, the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks. Swansea was once the centre of the global copper industry importing copper ore from around the world and shipping copper products back out. The site has provided works and activity in Swansea for over 200 years.

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