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
10 February – 6 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.
21 February – 6 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.
14 April – 15 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.
21 June – 7 September
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.
Tuesday 22 July
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
15 April – 18 April, 10.30am – 1.30pm
Lizzie the Elephant workshop with artist Thomas Goddard
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. Booking essential, 20 places max available for each session. All children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Thursday 17 April, 1pm – 4pm
Ruth McLeese (Easter) Faberge Eggs Workshop
Create your own bejewelled egg ready for Easter. A fun workshop with plenty of sparkles! Age guide: 4–12 years.
Thursday 24 April, 1pm – 4pm
Dylan Collage illustration Workshop
Workshop with Lucy Donald. Use collage techniques to create Illustrations based on Dylan Thomas' Swansea poems in a fun and quirky style. Most appropriate for ages: 8-16 although younger can attend.
Thursday 1 May, 7pm
DAYTRIPPER. Invitation to fall with Amy Sharrocks
In the run up to their collaboration for Museums at Night 2014, artist Any Sharrocks will be appearing at Swansea Museum to discuss DAYTRIPPER. Invitation to fall. Come along to hear the artist discuss her work and receive your invitations to fall.
Saturday 17 May
DAYTRIPPER | I want to fall
There are many falls: a general difficulty keeping up, the fall of an Empire, falling asleep, economic slumps and crashes, industrial depressions and recession, falls from grace. Children teach us that falling is a human condition, but somehow we forget that as we grow up...
In the hope that our repeated gesture of falling will un-shame future falls for all of us, DAYTRIPPER invites us to come together for a fall. Slough off this constant striving to be UP, reclaim our right to fall and allow ourselves to be down. Exploring the possibilities of our trips and stumbles, and questioning the joys of being sure-footed, Amy is hoping people will leap at the chance to be down, while other people are up.
Saturday 21 June, 11am
Mapping Medieval Swansea Workshop
What can maps tell us about Medieval Swansea? This interactive workshop will introduce participants to sources and research techniques for reconstructing historic landscapes. Booking essential.
Saturday 21 June, 12pm
Medieval Manuscript Workshop
The strange tale of William Cragh, hanged in Swansea in 1290, survives in a manuscript in the Vatican Library. This workshop explores the hidden clues and evidence in this fascinating medieval source. Booking essential.
Saturday 21 June, 2.30pm
Medieval Swansea Tour
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.
21 August, 1pm – 4pm
At the Seaside, Ships in Bottles Workshop
Workshop with Lucy Donald. Age guide: 4 – 12 years.
28 August, 1pm – 4pm
At the Seaside, Seaside Dioramas or Holiday Journal/Scrap Books Workshop
Workshop with Ruth McLeese.