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Wrth ddarllen cofnodion diweddar @DyddiadurKate, mae’n hawdd anghofio am gysgod y rhyfel ar fywydau trigolion y Sarnau. Heblaw am un nodyn byr am orymdaith y milwyr drwy Feirionnydd ac ambell gyfeiriad at gasglu arian er budd y Belgiaid, dyw Kate ddim yn ymhelaethu rhyw lawer am y rhyfel yn ei dyddiadur.

Mae’n rhaid cofio nad oedd effaith y rhyfel ar y ffrynt cartref mor amlwg yn ystod misoedd cynnar y brwydro. Wrth gwrs, dyma’r cyfnod cyn gorfodaeth filwrol a chyn i ddinistr y cyfandir ddylanwadu ar bob cymuned a theulu mewn rhyw fodd. Ar ddechrau 1915, nid oedd prinder llafur ar ffermydd Cymru, nac ychwaith gofid am gynhyrchiant bwyd – roedd bywyd bob dydd yn mynd yn ei flaen fel arfer.

Ond er hyn, erbyn diwedd Mawrth 1915 rydym yn gweld yn nyddiadur Kate ambell awgrym fod y rhyfel yn nesau at adref. Ar 18 Mawrth, mae’n nodi’r canlynol:

18 Mawrth – Myfi yn mynd ir seiat. Seiat ymadawol a R. Daniel Jones

Mae enw Robert Daniel Jones yn ymddangos droeon yn y dyddiadur rhwng Ionawr a Mawrth 1915. Roedd ymhlith cylch cymdeithasol Kate a’i theulu ac yn ymwelydd cyson â Tyhen. Hyd y gwela i, roedd yn byw yn y Derwgoed ac yn gweithio fel gwas ffarm efallai?

22 Chwefror – Berwi pen mochyn, a thoddi lard. Myfi yn mynd ir Hendre. Tomi a Richard yma min nos. Robert Daniel Jones yn ymadael or Caerau ir Derwgoed yn wael.

Yng nghefn ei dyddiadur, roedd Kate yn cadw cofnod o gyfeiriadau ffrindiau oddi cartref. Ymhlith yr enwau, mae tri cyfeiriad ar gyfer Robert Daniel Jones – pob un yn gysylltiedig â 7fed Bataliwn y Ffiwsilwyr Brenhinol Cymreig. Wrth bori dogfennau milwrol y Rhyfel Mawr ar-lein, mae’n dod yn amlwg pam fod seiat ymadawol iddo ar 18 Mawrth 1915 – pum niwrnod yn ddiweddarach ymrestrodd â’r fyddin. Gallwch weld ei gerdyn medalau fan hyn.

Ffurfiwyd 7fed Bataliwn y Ffiwsilwyr Cymreig yn y Drenewydd ym Medi 1914. Bataliwn Meirionnydd a Maldwyn oedd hon â grewyd i wasanaethu gartref, yn hytrach na thramor. Ar 22 Ebrill 1915, symudodd y bataliwn i Northampton – ffaith sy’n cael ei ategu yng nghefn dyddiadur Kate:

Pte R. Daniel Jones

3679 2/7th Batt RWF Co. D

c/o Mrs Callon

78 Adams Avenue

Northampton

Prin iawn yw’r sôn am Robert Daniel yn y dyddiadur wedi Mawrth 1915. O’r cerdyn medalau sydd i’w ganfod yn y National Archives yn Kew, rydym yn gwybod iddo oroesi’r rhyfel.  Cafodd ei ryddhau o’r fyddin ar 22 Ebrill 1916 oherwydd gwaeledd. Mae natur ei salwch yn ddirgelwch, ond mae un cyfeiriad yng nghefn y dyddiadur yn ei leoli yn ysbyty filwrol Cherryhinton, ger Caergrawnt:

Pte R. D. Jones 3679

2/7 Battalion RWF D Coy

Transport Section

Cherryhinton Military Hospital

War 6. C.

Cambridge

Roedd Robert Daniel ymhlith y cyntaf o gyfoedion Kate i ymuno â’r fyddin. Cadwch lygad ar y blog dros y misoedd nesaf i glywed mwy am hanes y lleill.

Os oes rhagor o fanylion gennych am Robert Daniel Jones, neu unrhyw berson neu leoliad sy’n cael eu crybwyll yn y dyddiadur, ebostiwch neu gadewch neges isod. Diolch yn fawr!

how do you know if a sheep is in labour?

Bernice Parker, 18 March 2015

Hello Lambcam-ers - here is the answer to the most frequently asked question of this year's lambing season.

'How can you tell when a sheep is in labour?'

Here are some of the signs that you can look out for:

  • Hiding away quietly in the corner – this behaviour would be to avoid predators in the wild.
  • Licking the lips – a preparation for cleaning the lamb after it is born.
  • Restless standing up and lying down.
  • Pawing at the ground – scratching up a soft ‘nest’ for the lamb to be born into.
  • Visible straining at regular intervals.
  • Visible mucus, water bag or a pair of feet protruding from the ewe’s back end!

And now here's a gratuitously cute picture of St Fagans first ever set of quads. Born last night...

The St Fagans shepherd, with the first set of quads ever to be born at the museum

Watch a view live from the lambing shed to see the action unfold

As part of the redevelopment project at St.Fagans National History Museum, we wish to open our doors to volunteers and invite them to work alongside the Preventive Conservation team, helping to care for the collections on open display in the historic houses. There are hundreds of objects on display ranging from furniture, textiles, pottery and agricultural equipment. Providing plenty of opportunities to share a skill or learn something new.


Caring for this site is no mean feat, we currently have 26 furnished properties including a castle. Plus there are 4 new buildings on the way, including a medieval hall and the Vulcan pub! So plenty to keep us busy. The Museum is also open throughout the year and can have up to 700,000 visitors during that time, which means we are kept on our toes making sure everything continues to look good, day in and day out.

This work is a combined effort, involving staff from many different sections, which often goes on behind the scenes unnoticed by visitors. However, we wish to change this and provide opportunities for volunteers to assist us, not only in the care of objects, but also contribute to interpretation and help inform the public.


We are currently refurbishing one of the cottages on site, aiming to provide a comfortable and creative work space for our new collection care volunteers. We hope to start recruiting in May so if you're interested, I'll be posting more updates as the project continues to progress.

Preventive conservation and collection care. Our objects come in all shapes and sizes and range of materials.

Volunteer project. Rag rugs, from the collection, being used as inspiration to help recreate authentic rugs for the historic houses.

Some of the largest objects we care for at St.Fagans belong to the agricultural collection.

We’re in the process of preparing objects to go on display in the new galleries that are being built on the site of St Fagans.  #makinghistory  

As the textile conservator, I have come across three objects that, though they are kept in the textile store, are not exclusively made of textile but have paper components and have botanical specimens attached, neither of which come under my area of expertise.  Hence, I’ve roped in my two colleagues, the  Senior Conservator Archives and the Senior Conservator Natural Sciences and the three of us will now jointly treat these objects. 

Joint projects are always a great opportunity for sharing skills and learning from colleagues so we’re all really looking forward to this!

Portfolio consisting of paper, botanical specimen and textile

Fragile? and the youth forum

Sian Lile-Pastore, 17 March 2015

Our design inspiration
Our design inspiration

The youth forum in National Museum Cardiff has been working on lots of different projects, but RIGHT NOW they are putting together a publication to tie in with the upcoming contemporary ceramics exhibition Fragile?. This publication is going to be alternative guide to the exhibition and will contain interviews with artists along with some superb articles looking at ceramics, vinyl, death and murder.

We have had some help from lots of museum staff along with interview and writing tips from Emma Geliot (editor of CCQ magazine) and layout and design work planning with Liz Price from Chipper Designs.

We hope it's going to be all ready for the opening on April 18th, but there's still a lot of work ahead! it's just like being on Press Gang (90s tv reference...)