Easter in the Tŷ Gwyrdd - Corkboards and tomato seeds.
Ty Gwyrdd in the snow earlier this year.
Tomato Plant starting to sprout
Happy cork board makers!
Another busy Easter fortnight has been and gone, one which saw over 4000 people visit the Tŷ Gwyrdd at St Fagans. Between the 25th of March and the 4th of April we ran a range of workshops from upcycling corkboards to planting tomoato seeds via an April Fools day quiz.
One of our workshops, Grow Now, Eat Later, was designed as a way to encourage visitors to think about growing their own food. There was a chance for families to plant a few tomato seeds to take home with them. Hopefully, over the coming months, with the right kind of nurturing, these seeds will grow into healthy tomato plants and will eventually produce a crop of delicious tomatoes. I’ll let you know how my own attempts fare!
For 2 days we were joined by Wood for the Trees Wales who held an Up-Cycling Workshop in the Tŷ Gwyrdd. This involved creating notice boards from old picture frames and cork tiles. This was an extremely popular activity with all who visited, in fact we used up every single picture frame and every scrap of cork tile! If you are interested in similar workshops, visit Wood for the Trees Wales’ Facebook page for more info!
As Easter Monday fell on April the 1st, we thought it was only right to hold an event for April Fools day. We created an quiz around the house so that visitors could test themselves to find out if they were Eco Cool or indeed an April Fool. Luckily it turned out most of our visitors were indeed Eco Cool… with only a few exceptions. After completing the quiz there was a chance to make badge to show off your eco credentials to friends and family.
As part of the Making History Project, the use of the Tŷ Gwyrdd will be changing. As the main visitor entrance is being upgraded, the Tŷ Gwyrdd will form part of a temporary entrance to St Fagans.
Over the years, we’ve had a fantastic time running numerous workshops in the Tŷ Gwyrdd and meeting literally thousands of wonderful poeple. Thanks to the many, many people who have helped us achieve this. Rest assured, lots of our workshops will continue, albeit in different locations throughout St Fagans Museum. Watch this space!
Cycle Champs 2012.
The Cardiff Cycle Challenge sees workplaces compete to see who can get the most staff cycling. This summer staff at National Museum Cardiff took and won their category! Our team prize was a delicious cup cake delivery – well deserved after the calories we burnt!
Fifty of the 297 staff cycled 4,565 miles and burnt 144,350 calories as part of their daily commute!
By cycling they prevented another 1,170kg of carbon dioxide being pumped into our atmosphere.
Whilst we put in an extra bit of effort for the competition – we do cycle all year around. Recent, investment in bicycles shelters and staff training has helped to get more and more people involved.
Half term fun in the Ty Gwyrdd!
The Ty Gwyrdd at St Fagans Museum
Come along to the Ty Gwyrdd to make a bat lilke this one!
Chutneys that were made as part of Autumn Feast earlier this month
Next week is half term and that means there will be lots going on at the T? Gwyrdd at St Fagans.
On Tuesday and Wednesday next week, 30th and 31st of October, we will be celebrating Halloween by dedicating two days of activities to some of our favourite residents of the museum. We have many species of bat living at St Fagans and there will be a chance to find out much more about these fascinating creatures! What facts do you know about bats? How many of these are true and how many are myths??
With the help of our team of volunteers, including Anne-mie who's an artist, we will also be creating a batty art installation in the T? Gwyrdd. We are hoping to create a large willow bat which we can hang in the house and surround with many, many baby bats! We need your help so that we can make as many of these baby bats as possible! As you can see from the picture, these will all be made from recycled newspaper, elastic bands and pipe cleaners!
Next week also sees St Fagans’ Halloween Nights events. The museum will be open after dark with many activities taking place. Again, we will be championing the bat with some crafty activities taking place each night. Halloween Nights take place between Tuesday the 30th of October and Thursday the 1st of November. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Click here for more info
Towards the end of next week we will be leaving Halloween behind and taking a look at some of the brilliant foodstuffs that are in season at this time of year! On Friday and Saturday (2nd & 3rd of November) I will be cooking up a treat in the T? Gwyrdd kitchen using some traditional recipes and ingredients grown in the T? Gwyrdd garden! Come along to taste some chutneys, soup and maybe even some cakes! There will also be recipe sheets that you can take home to try out some of the recipes for yourself!
All in all, next week promises to be very busy but lots of fun with plenty going on, so why not pop over to the T? Gwyrdd to see us!
Summer Snaps! Wildlife Photography Workshops @NMC
Fox by Patrick - NMC Photo Workshop - 24/08/12
Over the past two weeks we have been running family activities linked to the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 Exhibition here at National Museum Cardiff.
Over 400 of you took part and it has been a fantastic fortnight of photographic fun! I've been busy uploading as many photos as possible to the NMC Photo Club Flickr page and I have to say they look great! When you visit the Flickr page the photos are organised into sets on the right hand side of the page so if you took part all you need to do is click on the date of your visit to the Museum and look for your name!
The photos will be going up on the screen in the Clore Discovery Centre in the Museum on Saturday the 8th of September so if you came to the workshops pop in to see your pictures on display at the National Museum!
I'd like to say a big thank you to Cat, Lauren and Catherine for all their excellent work in running the workshops and I'd like to thank everyone who came along to take part as well. Thanks!
Improve numeracy & get free bulbs for your school!
Planting day at Ysgol Clocaenog.sbs_flyer2013Eng.pdf sbs_flyer2013cym.pdf application_eng2012-13.doc
Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales is looking for new schools to be involved in this exciting project and receive free spring bulbs.
Spring Bulbs for Schools (KS2)
Plant bulbs in your school grounds to study climate change. Join this UK wide investigation and improve science and numeracy skills. For more details visit www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/scan/bulbs
The application only takes a minute to complete and the project is FREE to all schools who apply by the 30th July.
New bus & improved cycle track for St Fagans
A new bus service will be running between National Museum Cardiff and St Fagans: National History Museum from 5 April until 30 September.
Departure times from National Museum Cardiff:
10.15 / 11.15 / 12.15 / 1.15 / 14.45 / 15.45 / 16.45
Departure times from St Fagans: National History Museum:
10.45 / 11.45 / 12.45 / 14.15 / 15.15 / 16.15 / 17.15
Route from National Museum Cardiff via Cardiff Castle, Penhill Road (Halfway Pub) Llandaff Cathedral, Fairwater Green, St Fagans: National History Museum.
£1.50 single, £3.00 return starting from 5th April to 30th September 2012.
Details of bus services can be found on the Traveline Cymru website.
Improvements to the Ely Cycle Trail
The Ely cycle track that leads to St Fagans has been re - surfaced. This makes the route much more enjoyable. For more details on cycling in Cardiff visit: www.cardiff.gov.uk/cycling
Green Babies at St Fagans!
A selection of reusable nappies.
Gemma from Little Gems Nappies with her samples of nappies
Fairdos stand at Green Babies
Green Babies Ideas Tree
Over the last couple of months we have held a total of 5 Green Baby days at the T? Gwyrdd here at St Fagans Museum. The idea behind the Green Baby days was to promote greener practices and to lessen the environmental impact raising a baby can have.
To help us achieve this we invited a number of experts in to help us, all of whom I’d like to thank!
Obviously one of the main ways of lessening environmental impact when raising a child is through the use of re-usable nappies. This is also a great way of saving money, around £700! These re-usable nappies have moved on a great deal since the days of terry towelling and enormous safety pins! It was great to see peoples reactions when shown examples of the fancy newer nappies and to hear their stories!
So I have to give a massive thank you to the 3 re-usable nappy providers who helped us over the 5 days. First of all to mamigreen who are based in Cardiff and came to help us on the first 2 Green Baby days. Secondly a huge thank you to Gemma at Little Gems Nappies (based in Pontypridd) who came to help us over 3 days last week during the Easter holidays. And also a big thank you to Melanie at Little Lion (based near Bridgend) who lent us a variety of re-usable nappies that we were able to showcase!
If you are interested in learning more about re-usable nappies or are considering using them then check out their websites. They all cover most of the southWalesarea and offer phone consultations as well as home visit consultations!
We also had a stand by Fairdos which is a Fairtrade shop based inCanton inCardiff. As a stockist of all kinds of Fairtrade products this was a great opportunity to showcase their range of Fairtrade cotton baby clothes, toys and bibs. A big thank you to the Fairdos volunteers who gave up their time to man the stand!
The final area we covered was baby food. Making your own baby food is healthy, cheap, eco-friendly, and you know exactly what’s in it! We had Welsh Government advice and recipe documents for different stages available to read, and many visitors asked us where they could find these documents themselves. So here we go…
Finally, a massive thank you to everyone who came to see us during the event and for sharing your knowledge, especially those who entered our competition by posting tips on our Green Babies ideas tree! We will shortly be picking a winner and contacting them about their prize.
Make do and Mend
Footstool Making Workshop held at the Tŷ Gwyrdd
Flyer for the Upcycling Chalky Workshop
Wood for the Trees return to the T? Gwyrdd this Saturday, 7th of April. Earlier this year they held a footstool making workshop, which was a great success as can be seen from the picture. Participants made their own footstools from start to finish, from planing the stool legs to the upholstery work at the end.
The footstool workshop was for people who had booked in advance, but this time the T? Gwyrdd doors will be open to all for an Upcycling Chalky Workshop! There will be a chance to make your own blackboard to take away with you and also the chance to decorate some furniture!
The T? Gwyrdd will be open between 11 and 1 and again from 2 till 4 after lunch, so why not drop in and see what’s on offer!
Click here for more information.
Green Baby Days @ St Fagans
Sun 4th March, Sun 1st April & 17th-19th April
Babies may be small but they can use a lot of resources. Come and share ideas over a cuppa or find out how to give your baby a greener start.
Free coffee at 11am or drop-in any time between 11-1 & 2-4pm at the Ty Gwyrdd at St Fagans: National History Museum.
Willow Crafts Workshop at Ty Gwyrdd
A variety of willow Christmas decorations
Today Ty Gwyrdd has hosted a very creative workshop for teachers.
The workshop gives teachers the chance to learn how to make a variety of willow Christmas decorations - that are suitable to make in the classroom.
After a busy day teachers proudly left with willow wreaths, stars, chains and trees!
The workshop was organised by Out to Learn Willow.
If you have a workshop that promotes sustainability and not for profit then Ty Gwyrdd may be available as a venue and possibily free of charge.
For more information please contact the Education Dept here at St.Ffagans