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.


YAC UK membership

As the summer is now approaching the Young Archaeologists Club will hopefully be doing some outdoor activities in and around Swansea.

If this is something that you’re interested in doing, please take note. In order for your child to be covered by our insurance they do need to be a member of YAC UK. This costs just £15 a year for an individual child and includes lots of other benefits such as a quarterly magazine and free passes to many UK attractions.

If you aren’t a UK YAC member that does not mean your child can not attend our outdoor events it just means that they will need to be supervised by a parent/carer.

You can find all the information you need for signing up to YAC UK at

(NB: even YAC UK members are eligible for the £3 charge to attend YAC sessions).

YoungArcaheoligists Club

Connect10 Competition Artist Amy Sharrocks

Vote Museum Banner2We’re currently in the running to be a successful host for artist Amy Sharrocks, we thought it’d be a good idea to let you know a little more about Amy Sharrocks, her influences, and her work.

Welsh Rugby legend Scott Quinnell popped in to The Collections Centre this week – he wants to see Amy Sharrocks at Swansea Museum for Museums at Night 2014 too. Please vote for that to happen…

If you haven’t voted for us yet, you can do so by clicking here.

Below is Amy Sharrocks Biography

Amy Sharrocks is a live artist, sculptor and film-maker. She invites people to come on journeys in which their own experience, communication and expression are a vital part. Undertaking these journeys with a sense of humour, joy and risk radically implicates the public, creating a bond and an outcome that is rich and unpredictable. This invitation and the bravery and invention of people’s responses, produces new avenues for exploration and fantastic visions within the everyday.

For many years Amy has been investigating our connection to water. On 12 July 2007 she made SWIM, where 50 people swam across London via 15 lakes, lidos and pools, from Tooting Bec Lido to Hampstead Heath Ponds. She has floated her boat on swimming pools up and down the country and is currently gathering donations for Museum of Water: a large public collection of water that people want to preserve, in the container of their choice.

Amy continues to make many walking, stumbling works across Europe, for many people or for one: A Tale of Two Cities – virtual tours by mobile phone – as well as company, where she accosts people in the street and asks if she can walk them to their destination, that for a little while they can go together, like a car pool. She is currently encouraging people to sign up for Swim the Thames, a mass swim across The River Thames, underneath Tower Bridge. She also spends a lot of time thinking about falling, looking at how we try to stay upright; how the world falls and how we fall with it. She won the inaugural Sculpture Shock award from the Royal British Society of Sculptors, and in 2013 she spent her time there making many falling works, including the large participatory pieces, Invitation to Fall, Time to Fall, Keeping Up and Flop. Her writing Anatomy of Falling is about to be published in Performance Research.



Connect 10 Competition – voting has begun!


The voting has now officially begun! Swansea Museum are in the running to be the successful winner, and host of artist Amy Sharrocks.

Please vote by clicking here

Note: you’ll need to use Google Chrome or another browser, except Internet Explorer, which currently has some issues. 

We’re in the running against 3 other venues:

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster
Gallery Oldham, Oldham

The successful venue is dependent upon public votes so we would appreciate all your support in:

  1. Personally voting for us as a host for this great artist.
  2. Spreading the word! Any friends, families and people that you think will be interested in hearing about this.
  3. Show your support on social media by connecting with us, and then posting about the competition.

Why not:

Follow Amy Sharrocks on twitter @AmySharrocks

Follow and interact with culture24 on Twitter and facebook.

Follow and interact with Museums at night on twitter using @MuseumsAtNight

Christmas Craft Workshop – Saturday 30 November

Saturday Times: 10.00am – 1.00pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Your chance to soak up some creativity and get into the festive spirit. What better way to get excited for christmas than attending a Craft Workshop where you can make some unique and personalised gifts for your loved ones.

Adults and children are welcome to attend and participate. More the merrier!


The Family Arts Festival fun at Swansea Museum

Mini Alfred Russel Wallace

Mini Alfred Russel Wallace

Its been a craft-tastic half term period here at the museum with fun filled family craft events taking place throughout the week.

In conjunction with Family Arts Festival and The Big Draw, we ran Creepy Crawly craft workshops and events relating to our Alfred Russel Wallace exhibition both here and at Baefest.

It ‘s been a lot of fun as you can see from our Flickr photoset.

Whether you attended any of the events or you just like our pictures, we’d love it if you could vote for us in the Family Arts Festival Awards.


The links are below…  

Creepy Crawly Craft

The Big Draw

LOCWS Art Across the City Craft Workshops

Art WorkshopsGet inspired by Art Across the City and re-invent Swansea as a much more colourful place!

Young visitors have the chance to join the team from LOCWS International to dream up their own version of ‘Future Swansea’ and design and create their own buildings with the help of experienced staff.

Both workshops are completely FREE and all materials are provided.

No booking is required so just drop in.

Workshop dates

Saturday 27 April, 12noon – 4pm

Saturday 11 May, 1pm – 4pm


Family Fun day: Beating Stigma the Fun Way

Family Fun DayPeople Working with People and Time to Change Wales have organised a free family fun day at the Museum on Saturday (23 March), hosted by Lee King and Jess G from Radio Tircoed.

Taking place from 11am – 4pm there will be a whole day of entertainment and children’s activities including an Easter egg hunt, face painting, a bouncy castle and a disco.  Refreshments will be available.

Over the Easter holidays the Museum will also be hosting a number of free workshops including a Pottery Workshop with artist Ruth McLees (2 & 9 April) and Craft Workshops inspired by the LOCWS International Art Across the City public art programme (3 & 10 April).

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.

Swans100 Event this Saturday

swans100Come down to Swansea Museum for a day of Swans themed craft this Saturday.

The whole family will enjoy the chance to make their own football rosette. The fun continues at the National Waterfront Museum where you can hear a choir singing football chants at 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Contact Swansea Museum on 01792 653 763 for more details.

All activities are free to attend and all materials are provided.

12 January 2012 11 – 1pm and 2 – 4pm