Museum exhibitions and events
The museum has a varied programme of events and exhibitions. All exhibitions and events are FREE to attend. For more information telephone 01792 653763
Exhibitions and Events
21th February – 6th July
This is an exhibition that celebrates the Swansea that Dylan knew, where he was born, grew up, worked and played and how this influenced his work. The exhibition features Wyn Thomas' wonderful illustrations of some of Dylan's haunts around the town itself - Uplands, Mumbles and Gower and places like the Kardomah café and Ralph's bookshop. Swansea Museum has worked with author and Dylan enthusiast Jeff Towns in presenting an exhibition that tries to understand how the pubs and people of Swansea were so influential to his work.
10th February – 6th April
Swansea Arts Society. "The colour of saying. Reflections on the life and work of Dylan Thomas"
Swansea Arts Society was formed in 1886, for both amateur and professional artists to come together and produce original work for exhibitions.
Former members have included Will Evans, Alfred Janes, Kenneth Hancock, Grant Murray, Dorothy Kirkman, Alfred Lavender, Irene Bache, Evan Walters, Ronald and Glenys Cour. The Society has a long established link with the Royal Institution and we are happy to present an exhibition of their work which reflects the life and work of Dylan Thomas in his centenary year.
14th April – 15th June
Cardiff Metropolitan University Photographic Practise Students present – "Inspired by the work of Dylan Thomas"
The group consists of ten second year students who have chosen to photographically interpret the words of Dylan Thomas. Each student will use their unique perspective to produce a body of work that will reflect the rich and diverse prose of Dylan Thomas. The group have chosen pieces that will positively reflect Thomas' legacy and Welsh heritage.
The 28th July 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of one of the most catastrophic wars in European history.
Over 60 million people were mobilised for the armed forces alone. Young men signed up to serve in their thousands from all over Britain including, of course, Swansea and South Wales.
Many of those who signed up never came home and those who did were often greatly affected by the events they witnessed.
The exhibition will focus on the stories of several Swansea individuals who were involved in the Great War. As well as the stories of the young men who left their homes to fight the exhibition will also reveal the struggles faced by women who worked in military hospitals and those who conscientiously objected.
21st June – 7th Sept
City Witness: Medieval Swansea
In 1290, a Welshman, William Cragh, was hanged in Swansea by the Anglo-Norman Lord of Gower – but that wasn't the end of the story... This exhibition uses the strange tale of William Cragh as the starting-point for exploring medieval Swansea, drawing on the major new research project City Witness: Place and Perspective in Medieval Swansea (www.medievalswansea.ac.uk), including maps, digital visualisations and artefacts from the Swansea Museum collection.
Free activities and workshops linked to the exhibition will run on Friday June 20 and Saturday June 21: please contact the Museum for more information.
25/01/14 Saturday 10am -1pm & 2-4pm Ruth McLeese
(Wallace) Wallace's Jungle Worlds (age guide: 4-12)
Make your own miniature jungle world in a box inspired by Alfred Russel Wallace's intrepid expeditions to the jungles of Borneo.
25/02/14 Tues 10am-1pm & 2-4pm Ruth McLeese
(Dylan/Community Response) Giant "Fridge Poetry" and Bookmaking (age guide: 4+)
Use our giant 'fridge poetry' words to create crazy mixed up poems, make your own book to put them in and then have fun illustrating your creations!
27/02/14 Thursday 10am-1pm & 2-4pm Lucy Donald (Dylan/Community Response) Dylan's Swansea: collage and painting workshop (most appropriate for ages: 8-16 although younger can attend)
Using collage, paint and pastels to create mixed media creations that reflect Dylan Thomas' post war Swansea Inspired by the artist John Piper's WW2 paintings.
01/03/14 Saturday Lisa Marie Evans St David's Day Sewing 10am-1pm & 2-4pm (most appropriate for ages: 8+ although younger can attend but will need parental/adult help)
Create a beautiful felt stitched decoration on a St David's Day theme.
17/04/14 Thursday Ruth McLeese (Easter) Faberge Eggs 1-4pm (age guide: 4-12)
Create your own bejewelled egg ready for Easter. A fun workshop with plenty of sparkles!
24/04/14 Thursday 1-4pm Lucy Donald (Dylan) Collage illustration Workshop (most appropriate for ages: 8-16 although younger can attend)
Use collage techniques to create Illustrations based on Dylan Thomas' Swansea poems in a fun and quirky style.
April Half term Workshops
Lizzie the Elephant workshop with artist Thomas Goddard
Tuesday 15th April, Wednesday 16th April, Thursday 17th April, Friday 18th April 10am-1.30pm
Lizzie the Elephant lived under the stairs at Swansea Museum for over 50 years. Join Artist Thomas Goddard as he leads an elephant mask making workshop. Learn about Lizzie's life and a unique piece of Swansea history.
A Locws International commission for Art Across The City 2014 www.artacrossthecity.com
All activities are free. Booking essential telephone Swansea Museum.
20 places max available for each session.
Workshops take place at Swansea Museum
All children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
School Summer Holidays
Workshops running every Thursday 1- 4pm
24/07/14 Lucy Donald (WW1) Medal Making (age guide: 4-12)
31/07/14 Ruth McLeese (WW1) Origami boats and planes (age guide: 4-12) *
07/08/14 Lucy Donald (WW1) WW1 Cartoon Workshop (age guide: 8-16) JM Staniforth WW1 Cartoonist
14/08/14 Ruth McLeese (At the Seaside) Nautical Button Bracelets and Key Chains (age guide: 8-16) *
21/08/14 Lucy Donald (At the Seaside) Ships in Bottles (age guide: 4-12) *
28/08/14 Ruth McLeese (At the Seaside) Seaside Dioramas or holiday journal/scrap books *
Plus 2/08/13 Lucy Donald (WW1) War Horse Puppets 10-1 & 2-4 (age guide: 4-16)
Creating War Horse themed shadow puppets for storytelling.
Second Saturday of Each Month
Glamorgan Young Archaeologists' Club (Suitable for ages 9 - 16)
10.30am - 1.30pm
The club is an excellent way to explore the past and make new friends. Glamorgan YAC is based at Swansea Museum and offers a range of activities from arts and crafts, guest speakers and games, to finds recording and washing, site surveying and field trips. To find out more about becoming a member or to join please email email@example.com
27th Feb 7pm
Jeff Towns author of Dylan Thomas: The Pubs. Will be conducting a Q&A session on the life and influences of Dylan Thomas.
26th - 27th July 10 - 4
Summer Crafts Fair