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.

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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

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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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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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.

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

Volunteers Week

USA Intern - Hannah

 

 

As part of volunteer’s week we thought we’d recap on Hannah’s experience with us as an intern. She’s written us a blog post about her experience with us. We hope you enjoy the read 🙂

 

 

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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 http://www.yac-uk.org/prices.

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

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Half Term Workshop: Photography

Our half term event will be a Cyanotype Photography workshop. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print; Using a process of mixing chemicals which produces these cyan-blue prints.

Suitable for all ages | Drop in sessions will run between 10-1 and 2-4 | Thursday 29 May 

Looking to join a photography group? Take a look at these active and friendly groups that would welcome you. Swansea Camera Club and Cwmru Flickr Wales.

Looking to do a photography course? Take a look at the few found here

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