Past exhibitions

Have a look at the events and exhibitions that have taken place at Swansea Museum.

Edgar Evans ThumbnailEdgar Evans – 90 Degrees South

Born in Swansea, Petty Officer ’Taff’ Evans (1876-1912) was a veteran of Scott’s famous Discovery 1901-1904 expedition.

Copperopolis at Swansea Museum

Look back into the fiery furnace that was Swansea during the years when it provided the majority of the copper used throughout the world. This exhibition explores the contrasting fortunes that the Copper industry brought to Swansea.

Griffith John

This exhibition traced the remarkable life of the famous Swansea Missionary Griffith John, who went to China in 1855 and stayed for over fifty years.He travelled the country extensively, where he was a widely popular figure, and set up schools, hospitals and colleges.

Swansea City AFCSwans 100 Exhibition

Swans 100 is a joint project between Swansea University and the Swansea City Supporters Trust. It is recording the fans’ experience of supporting Swansea City Football Club over the last one hundred years.

Inside Welsh Homes

This touring exhibition from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales offers a unique glimpse inside Welsh homes through time. The exhibition showcases archival images of Welsh homes ranging from the humblest cottages and urban terraces to the grandest of country houses. A selection of the museum’s furniture and domestic collections will bring these fascinating images to life.

 Journeys” by ContexArt

ContexArt is an established group of textiles artists based in Swansea. The group continuously develops new ideas and projects to bring textile art to the wider public. This new exhibition explores the artist’s personal interpretation of journeys through textiles.

 “Who do you think you are?” with Pen-y-Bryn School

Pupils of Pen-y-Bryn school have created this vibrant exhibition by delving in to the lives of their relatives. The display explores the working lives of a range of Swansea men and women from dock workers to soldiers, shop workers to bus drivers. Come and explore the jobs they did, the clothes they wore and the food they ate in this family friendly exhibition.Pen-y-Bryn school, which has a unit for autistic pupils, educates pupils, aged 3-19, who have a wide range of additional learning needs.

 Alfred Russel WallaceWallace: Evolution’s Forgotten Father

Discover the amazing story of the Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace who co-founded the theory of evolution alongside his much more famous contemporary Charles Darwin. The exhibition follows the story of Wallace’s life from his childhood in Usk, to his working life in South Wales and his eventual explorations in the Amazon and Indonesia.This exhibition is part of Wallace100, an international programme of events to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Wallace’s death.

 swansea studiosSwansea Studios @ Swansea Museum

This exhibition comprises of a selection of work from Swansea studios artist. Swansea studios are located in the upper floors of the old Oscar Chess building, now the Dylan Thomas Theatre in the Maritime Quarter of Swansea. Formed in 1979, Swansea Studios provides thirteen studios to artists on a long term basis, within a lively, supportive and dynamic working environment. The group, which reflects the diversity of artists and practices in Swansea, forms an integral part of the artistic community, currently there are ten visual artists, including a ceramicist and five glass artists occupying the studios.

 Swansea Art SocietySwansea Arts Society. “The colour of saying. Reflections on the life and work of Dylan Thomas”

Swansea Arts Society was formed in 1886, for both amateur and professional artists to come together and produce original work for exhibitions. Former members have included Will Evans, Alfred Janes, Kenneth Hancock, Grant Murray, Dorothy Kirkman, Alfred Lavender, Irene Bache, Evan Walters, Ronald and Glenys Cour. The Society has a long established link with the Royal Institution and we are happy to present an exhibition of their work which reflects the life and work of Dylan Thomas in his centenary year.