Ewenny Exhibition & Opening, March 2013.

Ewenny Pottery
18 March – 2 June 2013
This new exhibition brings together Ewenny pottery from Museum and private collections along with unique film and photographic material. Follow the story of the development of the Ewenny potteries through to the present day.

Dolls House Exhibition – This Weekend

Doll's House ExhibitionCome along to Swansea Museum this Saturday and Sunday to see the West Glamorgan Dolls House and Miniatures Club show off their skills in making dolls’ houses, furniture, food and more. You will even have the chance to buy a selection of miniature furniture and household goods.

All money raised by the West Glamorgan Dolls House and Miniatures Club is donated to local charities.

FREE admission

9 – 10 March, 10am – 5pm.

Swans Victory Parade

Fans at Swansea City victory parade

Stuck in a meeting and missed the parade, but managed to get this photo at The Guild Hall. See the Swans100 exhibition we held earlier in the year here.

Wallace100 @ Swansea Museum

wallace 100 Logo2013 marks one hundred years since the death of Alfred Russel Wallace. Swansea Museum is planning a major exhibition opening in October 2013 to celebrate his life and legacy. You might not have heard of Wallace but you will have heard of Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution – a theory which Wallace co-founded.

Wallace worked as a land surveyor and civil engineer with his brother in South Wales during the 1840s. Wallace would go on to co-found the theory of evolution but has remained obscured from popular history by his much more famous partner Darwin. The Wallace 100 project chaired by the Natural History Museum is an informal international association of organisations who are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Wallace’s death.

Swansea Museum is a partner of the Wallace 100 project. Our Exhibitions and Events Officer recently attended the launch of the Wallace 100 project in London which was also attended by David Attenbrough and opened by the comedian Bill Bailey (a Wallace enthusiast and patron of the Wallace Fund).

Read more about Wallace and centenary celebrations in this BBC article:


Setting Sail on Olga

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.

This is South Wales

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

Keep the Festival Season Alive @ Swansea Museum


Isle of Wight Festival 1970 Exhibition
17 September – 31 December

Experience the majesty of the 1970 Isle of Wight Music Festival, synonymous with performances from music legends Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Jethro Tull, through the lens of stills photographer, BBC newsreel cameraman and film director Charles Everest who immortalised the festival in a series of evocative photographs.

Sculptor Guy Portelli of ‘Dragon’s Den’ fame will also showing 4 pieces from his Pop Icon collection.

Workshop: A series of free guitar lessons from a local tutor aimed at beginners and more advanced players with content tailored to individuals’ ability. To book your place call 01792 653763.

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 www.ntfwswansea.co.uk for details on this Sundays show.

Look what's lurking in the Cabinet of Curiosities…


It’s a monster – come and see for yourselves…