Fabulous Forty Exhibition
Forty years ago the National Slate Museum Llanberis opened its doors for the very first time.
FAB 40 is our birthday exhibition, which looks further at why, and how, a working industrial site became a museum in 1972 and what happened in the following 40 years.
The original Victorian workshops - now home of the National Slate Museum - closed in August 1969 along with Dinorwig Slate Quarry and hundreds of men lost their jobs.
The site re-opened on May 25 1972 as the North Wales Quarrying Museum. Since then, the museum, which is one of the seven sites of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, has been visited by over 2.6 million people, all of which have walked through the magnificent archway in order to experience and learn more about the history of the great slate industry in this area.
The exhibition looks further at what has happened at the museum over the last few decades, from its opening days in the seventies to visits from Royalty (HRH Prince Charles) its major redevelopment of £2 million at the end of the nineties to Free Admission in the new millennium.
The exhibition also looks at the establishment of the museum and the role of museums in our communities today and features work by local schools who have been working on a mixed media project entitled MY MUSEUM.
26 May 2012: Birthday party! lots of family activities, including slate decorating, graffiti workshops, entertainment and walks and talks all over the site, as well as lots of cake!
27 October: Museum Keeper Dr Dafydd Roberts looks at the history of the slate museums in the area in Quarrying the Past - Celebrating the 40th anniversary of our slate museums.