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January 2011

A great week

Posted by Heledd Fychan on 28 January 2011

This week has been fantastic. On Tuesday, we held the official opening of the Dazu rock carvings exhibition and I am delighted by how it has all come together. They truly are magical, and we feel honoured to be the first ever Museum to host them outside of China. A real coup for us and for Wales! The media coverage has reflected their importance, and it has been wonderful to see so many people visiting the exhibition. In a happy coincidence, I was lucky enough to visit Dazu a few years ago and saw the carvings in situ. It truly was a breathtaking site, and I'm glad we're able to give the people of Wales a glimpse of them during the course of the exhibition.

Apart from the exhibition, I have also been busy meeting with various partners such as the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales. Although we already work closely together, I believe that the relationship could be strengthened and I have discussed with their President the potential for greater cooperation in the future. It is important that we support one another as a sector, to ensure a thriving museum sector in Wales.

I also spoke at a conference at National Museum Cardiff, Interpret Wales, and visited Wakefield in my role as one of the Trustees of the National Coal Mining Museum which is based there. I was glad to be able to be out and about this week, after being left frustrated last week as I had to take three days from work after I injured my knee. Though I can walk now, it is still painful and will require some heavy duty physiotherapy to strenghten the muscles. But such is life!

It has been a bit of a whilrwind since I took up post but I am enjoying it. The staff have been extremely welcoming, and I'm excitied about our future plans, particularly the St Fagans redevelopment. There's never a dull moment and I'm delighted to be a part of such a vibrant organisation.