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Museum exhibitions and events

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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


21 February – 2 November

Dylan's Swansea

Gallery One

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.

21 June – 7 September

City Witness: Medieval Swansea

Long Gallery

 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.

Friday 25 July


Gallery One

 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.


Second Saturday of Each Month, 10.30am – 1.30pm, 14 June

Glamorgan Young Archaeologists' Club (Suitable for ages 9 - 16)

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 glamorganyac@gmail.com

Film Showings at Swansea Museum

Swansea Museum embraces modern media improving the visitor experience. As part of Swansea Museum's exhibitions and events programme, the Museum will be showing films regularly, adding a new dimension, and ensuring that visitors are really captivated by the topics and subjects explored within its exhibitions.

Showing films which are connected to the exhibits really allow for a more in depth understanding, and allow members of the public to really explore the topics which are covered in the exhibitions from that particular era.

The first series of films focus on Swansea Museum's WW1 exhibition, Swansea and the Great War. Including exciting films such as Dr Zhivago, My Boy Jack, Warhorse and Birdsong, just to name a few.

Film showings are welcome to all, are free of charge, and are all U rated.

GallipoliSeptember 72pm
Private PeacefulSeptember 212pm
Farewell to ArmsOctober 52pm
The Monocoled MutineerOctober192pm
My Boy JackNovember 22pm
Beneath Hill 60November 162pm
All the Kings Men December 72pm
BirdsongDecember 142pm
Lawrence of Arabia January 1112pm
Dr Zhivago January 2512pm

Thursday 24 July, 1pm – 4pm

WW1 Medal Making Workshop

Workshop with Lucy Donald. Age guide: 4 – 12 years.

26 and 27 July, 10am – 4pm

Summer Crafts Fair

31 July, 1pm – 4pm

WW1 Origami Boats and Planes Workshop

Workshop with Ruth McLeese. Age guide: 4 – 12 years.

2 August, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm

War Horse Puppets Workshop

Creating War Horse themed shadow puppets for storytelling. Workshop with Lucy Donald. Age guide: 4 – 16 years.

7 August, 1pm – 4pm

WW1 Cartoon Workshop

Workshop with Lucy Donald exploring WW1 cartoonist JM Staniforth. Age guide: 8 – 16 years.

14 August, 1pm – 4pm

At the Seaside, Nautical Button Bracelets and Key Chains Workshop

Workshop with Ruth McLeese. Age guide: 8 – 16 years.

Dart Sailing Championships 2014

There are two great opportunities for non sailors to watch the DART 2014 Sailing Championships action from the water inMumbles. Taking place next week on Tuesday and Thursday - on the Gower Explorer RIB and on Swansea Museum's Olga Pilot Cutter.
Click the link below for more information.

21 August, 1pm – 4pm

At the Seaside, Ships in Bottles Workshop

Workshop with Lucy Donald. Age guide: 4 – 12 years.

6 September, 2pm

South Wales Miners on the Western Front and their womenfolk at Home

The talk blends the experiences of individual South Wales miners in the Tunnelling Companies on the Western Front with an appreciation of the work undertaken by their womenfolk at home and abroad.

Talk given by Dr Ritchie Wood

20 September, 10am – 4pm

Book Launch of Swansea History Journal.

25 October, 10am – 5pm

Book Fair.

28 October, 10am - 12noon & 1 - 4pm

Big Draw with Dylan "Giant Consequences" age 4+ drop in workshop.

30 October, 10am - 12noon & 1 - 4pm

Poppy Making Workshop all ages.

31 October, 10am - 12noon & 1 - 4pm

Halloween Craft workshop.

12 November, 11am - 3pm

Bonhams' Valuation Visit

Swansea Museum are proud to announce that it will be hosting Bonhams.

"For size and scope, Bonhams fine and decorative art valuation service is without equal. Our valuers are renowned for their professionalism, knowledge and confidentiality." www.bonhams.com

Please feel free to bring items that you wish to be valued, whether it's furniture, paintings, porcelain, pottery...

Phone to book now as places are limited.

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