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October 2009

Halloween Art Cart

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 23 October 2009
The Art Cart will be running from Saturday 24th until Friday 30th October. Come and make something creepy! All activities free and run from 11 until 1 and 2 until 4.

Launch update

Posted by Michael Houlihan on 13 October 2009

Well, the launch took place this morning and there was a fantastic turn out. The response was encouraging (not just because we served bacon sandwiches and coffee!), and our recession messages certainly seemed to resonate. Media interest was great, with live radio broadcasting as well as filming for the news this evening. In my speech, I posed the question - 'can we afford culture during a recession?' Certainly, it's difficult in economic terms to measure the impact culture has on a nation. Yes, we can list some key facts and figures, but the truth is, culture has a tremendous role to play in underpinning everything a small nation such as Wales does. In conclusion, therefore, I argued that we can't afford not to have culture as it's a vital part of our identity.

The Minister for Heritage, Alun Ffred Jones, also said a few words and congratulated us on an interesting paper that gives a flavour of the excitement we bring through our work across Wales. He stated that our economic message was timely, and agreed that we cannot measure the value of culture in solely economic terms. We were lucky to have his presence and support, and the interviews he gave certainly reflected his respect for our work.

Over the coming weeks, we will be developing many of the themes raised in the paper and pursuing opportunities to develop our volunteering and apprenticeship schemes. We need to keep the momentum going, and remind everyone in Wales how integral culture is to the nation. And how important it is to continue to fund it! I'll update you on our progress on this blog.

Big Draw

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 13 October 2009

Helping Wales during the recession

Posted by Michael Houlihan on 13 October 2009

Recession document

This morning, along with the Minister for Heritage Alun Ffred Jones, I will be launching Amgueddfa Cymru’s latest discussion paper – A positive contribution to life in Wales during the recession. The paper is a culmination of over a year’s research, and sets out how Amgueddfa Cymru has a key role to play in supporting the Welsh economy and reaching to the core of a society that values the preservation of its unique identity.

The message we want to make clear to the people of Wales is that we’re far more than just a collection of buildings and objects. Our work takes place in every corner of Wales, through our outreach collection, research and partnership work. We also offer the people of Wales an opportunity to get involved in our work. There are a number of volunteering opportunities available throughout the organisation, from work experience and work placements to volunteering and apprenticeships creating valuable openings when other doors are closing.

"We also want to remind people that entry is free to all of the national museums"

We also want to remind people that entry is free to all of the national museums. At a time when entry charges could discriminate against those who have been most badly affected by reduced income, we offer affordable and uplifiting things to do and places to go, that people can do on their own or with their families and friends.

To read the discussion paper for yourself, click here. If you have any feedback, comments, queries or ideas then we’d love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment on this blog. Pop back here later to hear how the launch went, and for a summary of initial reactions to the paper.

Big Draw

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 12 October 2009
Here are some photos from the big draw on the 10th where we carried on with our amazing map! Thank you to everyone who took part, the pictures were wonderful. I'm sorry that my photos are of poor quality but it was a little dark in the gallery and I'll add some better photos as soon as I can!

Big Draw Pictures

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 6 October 2009

So there they are! Pictures from the big draw so far... as I've already mentioned we've been creating a large map of St Fagans: National History Museum, and we'll be finishing it this Saturday (10th) from 11am until 1pm and 2pm until 4pm in Oriel 1. The plan is for vistiors to draw their favourite thing in the museum - it might be a building, an animal or even cheesy buns from the bakery! Come by on Saturday to help!

This picture shows the beginning of the map... sorry it's not a great shot!

Another slightly blurry picture sorry, but you can still see the fantastic horse and cart and the sun shining!

A fantastic drawing of the castle!It looks exactly like it!

It seems we have sharks in St Fagans:National History Museum now!

This is a lovely picture of our landtrain - the colours are great!

I love this picture of the Celtic Village too.

Kennixton, The Pottery and Nantwallter

Big Draw

Posted by Sian Lile-Pastore on 5 October 2009

Thank you to everyone who came to Oriel 1 at St Fagans:National History Museum to take part in the big draw. We made a great start on our giant map of the museum and I hope we'll be able to finish it next Saturday Oct 10th (11-1 and 2-4.) I'll post some pictures of our work so far tomorrow!

  • National Museum Cardiff

    National Museum Cardiff

    Discover art, natural history and geology. With a busy programme of exhibitions and events, we have something to amaze everyone, whatever your interest – and admission is free!

  • St Fagans National History Museum

    St Fagans

    St Fagans is one of Europe's foremost open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction.

  • Big Pit National Coal Museum

    Big Pit

    Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out.

  • National Wool Museum

    National Wool Museum

    Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, the Museum is a special place with a spellbinding story to tell.

  • National Roman Legion Museum

    National Roman Legion Museum

    In AD 75, the Romans built a fortress at Caerleon that would guard the region for over 200 years. Today at the National Roman Legion Museum you can learn what made the Romans a formidable force and how life wouldn't be the same without them.

  • National Slate Museum

    National Slate Museum

    The National Slate Museum offers a day full of enjoyment and education in a dramatically beautiful landscape on the shores of Llyn Padarn.

  • National Waterfront Museum

    National Waterfront Museum

    The National Waterfront Museum at Swansea tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years.

  • Rhagor: Explore our collections

    Rhagor (Welsh for ‘more’) offers unprecedented access to the amazing stories that lie behind our collections.