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Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (Amgueddfa Cymru) is the first national museum in the world to trial the Culture and Heritage Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology (Apple iBeacon), in partnership with People’s Collection Wales and the Locly (app and platform). The programme is being trialled at one of Amgueddfa Cymru’s sites — the National Slate Museum in Llanberis — and will enable visitors to discover more about the collections on their mobile devices as they walk around the site.
During his brief and tragic life, the Welsh artist James Dickson Innes (1887-1914) painted a unique vision of the Welsh landscape in an intensely colourful Post-Impressionist style. Marking the centenary of the his death, a new exhibition Landscapes by J.D. Innes: Beauty Most Wild at National Museum Cardiff, from 12 April to 20 July 2014, sheds new light on the work of this unjustly neglected artist. Generously supported by the Brecknock Art Trust, this is the first exhibition of Innes’s work in twenty-seven years.
In May 2013, when Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales announced its new structure, the organisation’s Senior Management Team also signalled the need to review Premium Payments. This was one of a series of actions to achieve the £2.25 million savings required (at the same time as seeking to increase other income by £0.25m).
Premium Payments are an attendance allowance, given to staff who are contracted to work rotas, that includes weekends and Bank Holidays.
Around half of Amgueddfa Cymru’s employees are currently paid an additional £54.24 per day (on top of their basic salary) for working on Sundays and Bank Holidays, and £30.06 per day (on top of their basic salary) for working on a Saturday.
Due to a reduced budget, Amgueddfa Cymru’s Premium Payments scheme cannot continue in its present form. The organisation is therefore consulting with its staff and Trade Unions on a way forward.
Amgueddfa Cymru is also reviewing its Severance Scheme as part of the changes.
No compulsory redundancies are proposed as part of these consultations.
National Museum Cardiff first stop for tour of British masterpiece
A collection of art works, which reflect artist John Piper’s unique vision of Wales, has been acquired on generous terms for Wales’ national art collection. The series of works by Piper – the mid-20th century neo-romantic artist – has been purchased from a private individual with links to Wales, thanks to the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (£472,900), the Derek Williams Trust (£350,000) and the Art Fund (£80,000).
School’s out for a week but there’s plenty of events, activities and exhibitions on at National Museum Cardiff and St Fagans National History Museum to keep the kids happy this half term 22-28 February whatever your interest, from art and crafts, archaeology, gardening to natural history – and admission is FREE!