Appeal sheds light on ship's glorious past

MEMORIES of an historic Gower lightship are to be brought to life by former crew members — thanks to the Evening Post.

An appeal by Swansea Museum for people who had worked on the Helwick, which used to patrol the Helwick sands off southwest Gower and the Bristol channel, featured in the paper in April.

The museum is planning to develop the boat, which is moored in the city’s marina, into a living exhibition with photographs, memories and a recording of its history, read by people who manned it.

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The Big Draw at Swansea Museum

Venue: Swansea Museum
Address: Victoria Road Swansea, Swansea SA11SN
Tel: 01792 653763
Event title: “The Big Draw”
Description: 10am-4pm
Audience: Family
This event is open to the public
Dates: October 29
Cost: No admission charge
Event: Free entry

Venue: Swansea Museum Collections Centre
Address: Cross Valley Link Road, Landore Swansea SA12JT
Tel: 01792 653763
Event title: “The Big Draw”
Description: Explore the collection centre then be inspired to draw your favourite object.

Some of the most popular items in the collection are the old vehicles like a traveller’s van, lorries, a fire engine, even two lifeboats; the Naomi Beatty and the William Gammon.
Audience: All ages
This event is open to the public
Dates: October 5, 12, 19
Cost: No admission charge
Event: free

Archaeology for All! With The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust and Swansea Museum

Saturday 16th July 2011
Free hands-on fun for all the family!

Swansea Museum, Victoria Road, Swansea
10:30am – 4pm

Research your family history, Taste Roman Cooking,

Listen to Archaeological Talks, Meet Medieval Archers

Talk to WW2 Enthusiasts, Join in children’s activities

And much more!

For further information please email or Tel. 01792 634 236

National Transport Festival of Wales

Swansea will thunder to the sound of the National Transport Festival of Wales on Sunday June 19th, as Ashley Lovering brings back his extravaganza of Trucks, Buses, cars and motorcycles to the Park & Ride car park at Landore, alongside the Swansea Museum Collections Centre, which will also be open to the public during the show.

The show opens to visitors from 10.30 am until 4.00 pm, admission £3.00 for adults and accompanied children free of charge.

Admission to the Museum Collections Centre is free, but visitors may wish to make a voluntary donation to the Museum to assist in future purchases for the collection held in the name of the City of Swansea. Classic ‘Bus’ rides will be available from outside the show area, and a host of trade stands will add to the enjoyment on the day, to help support local charities. Swansea Museum itself runs the annual Classic Motorcycle Show a week on Sunday, June 26th, at the Dylan Thomas Square in the Marina – contact the Museum on 01792 – 653763 for more details, and for details on this Sundays show.

Bible Exhibition

Swansea Christadelphians are staging a new exhibition at Swansea Museum from May 16th to May 21st celebrating the four hundredth anniversary of the King James version of the Bible, with a major display located in Gallery One of the oldest Museum in Wales.

The Museum will open the Gallery on Monday 16th of May, to allow a special viewing on the day that the Museum would normally be closed, and also have two evening openings on Thursday and Friday May 19tyh & 20th, the display open until 7.30 pm.

The final day of the exhibition is Saturday 21st, closing to the public at 1.00 pm.

More information may be seen at

Art in the Long Gallery at Swansea Museum

Swansea Museum has a display of local artworks in its Long Gallery on the lower level of the Museum – many of the works are for sale (and can be easily purchased by the Arts Council of Wales Collectorplan scheme, supported by The Principality) with more details from Museum Reception) . Paul O’ Donovan is a Llanelli based artist, and Front of House Manager at the Museum . He is a self taught artist, inspired by a variety of motivations, including intense colours, the styles of the 1960’s and the psychedelic movement.

Paul has displayed his art at many galleries, and is a successful seller, constantly varying his art as he progresses through many styles.

His work is attracting a greater appreciation, all of the currently displayed pieces available for sale, and he has work currently being considered for Welsh Artist of the Year 2011. The displayed paintings – fourteen in all – include thought provoking acrylics, and mixed-media such as ‘Abstract1’ a curiously shaped black and white image, his acrylic on canvas ‘Food Mixer’ a mix of intense reds on black, showing a simple but vivid image, ‘Stroll in the fog’ an intriguing glimpse into a night time world that glows eerily, and ‘candles’ another simple image that draws your eyes to the gathered lights in the surrounding blackness. His looks at the world in other pictures result in unusual imagery, showing our surroundings in new ways.

Gary Francis is another local artist – and a member of our Front of House Team – who has an interest in a wide range of subjects. Portraiture and Wildlife are particular specialities, and his portraiture work has received great acclaim in the world of football, being displayed at the Manchester United Football Club Museum.

Some of his nine displayed works are for sale, others not, being retained by the artist as part of his permanent display catalogue. Images include ‘Summertime’, a gentle portrayal of a simplicity of life that many desire but few achieve, and the contrasting intense feasts of colour represented by his portraits of Freddie Mercury and Neil Young, added to the wild imagery of Dylan Thomas. Gary’s intricate and atmospheric images of Sir Matt Busby and Ernest Hemingway evoke thoughts of other eras, as does his detailed pencil portrayal of the Mumbles Train at Rutland Street. Gary looks at the world of the wild, and features ‘Thirst’, the gentleness of the drinking Zebra contrasting with ‘Tiger’, a big cat looking at his world with steely eyes.

The display continues throughout April. Swansea Museum is open to the public every day except Mondays ( but open on Bank Holidays) and admission is free.

Copperopolis – Jackie Chettur at Swansea Museum

Now on display in the Museum garden as part of the Copperopolis exhibition.

Using a diary by Benjamin Davies, an industrial worker sent off to Chile on one of Swansea’s copper barques, Jackie Chettur has brought to life his epic voyage and delved into the history of the Swansea Cape Horners who brought copper ore back from Chile in the late 1800’s.

The new artwork consists of a series of staged images created by the artist using historical artefacts, models and paintings that depict the long journeys and extraordinary sights that the sailors experienced as they set sail from Swansea Bay, past Mumbles Head and out beyond the horizon.

Created using 3D image technology, the images are displayed within 6 stereo viewers.

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Swansea Museum Collections Centre, a busy Copper day!

'Ugly, lovely town' – New Exhibition – Opens in the New Year.

Swansea, that ‘Ugly Lovely Town’
Swansea has been synonymous with the poet Dylan Thomas ever since he branded the city an “ugly lovely town”.
But Thomas wouldn’t recognise his home town these days; it has grown and changed, becoming a city, a far cry from the Swansea he knew. In this exhibition we explore the changes, from the early days, through the war years to the present day.

Those that remember the old Swansea will remember many of the sights that now no longer exist, other than here in the exhibition.

Our location map will guide the visitor to the places you can see illustrated in the paintings and prints on display.

Gallery One – 18th January – 8th May, 2011