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First Minister of Wales celebrates the award of UNESCO Memory of the World status to outstanding historical collections

Tonight at the Senedd in Cardiff, the First Minister will host the UK Memory of the World awards which recognise documentary heritage collections of ‘Outstanding significance to the UK’. This is the first time the prestigious MoW awards have been held in Wales.

UNESCO established the Memory of the World (MoW) Programme in 1992. The programme vision is that the world’s documentary heritage belongs to all, should be fully preserved and protected for all and permanently accessible to all without hindrance. The UK Register recognises documentary heritage deemed by a panel of experts to be of outstanding significance to the UK.

Seven new inscriptions will join the 50 already listed on the UK register (one of several country-level programmes from around the world). Tonight’s reception will also celebrate two UK inscriptions to the International Register, which identifies world-class documentary heritage.

The UK’s rich documentary heritage is filled with stories about people, places and events – they are the documented memory of humankind. Much of it is publicly available in archives, libraries and museums.

Included in the awards for 2016 is a wide variety of remarkable historical documents from across the UK. They date from the ninth to the nineteenth century. Their content ranges from the medieval archives of Canterbury Cathedral to the laboratory notebooks of the scientist Michael Faraday, from the Exeter Book of poetry in Old English to the correspondence of the socialist pioneer Robert Owen.

From Wales, the UK Register recognises the Survey of the Manors of Crickhowell and Tretower, created by Robert Johnson in 1587 and now in the care of the National Library of Wales. Unlike most other estate surveys of this period, which were primarily textual descriptions, this survey also produced a set of maps. The creation of maps as an integral part of an estate survey did not become common practice for another two centuries, and as such this survey is ground-breaking in its approach. The full survey can be seen at https://www.llgc.org.uk/discover/digital-gallery/maps/estate-maps/badminton-estate/.

Pedr ap Llwyd, Director of Collections and Public Programmes at the National Library, commented: “The National Library of Wales is the nation’s pre-eminent library and archive. It is at once a massive information resource and treasure house on all subjects, freely available to everyone, and a living store of the recorded cultures of Wales. We are very proud of the fact that the Survey – which forms a part of the national collection – has been added to the UK Register. The quality, quantity and accuracy of the maps is outstanding. Forty-six beautifully drawn, coloured, full- or half-page maps showing lands in Crickhowell and Tretower manors and borough with much of its surrounding landscape. This Survey is a national treasure”.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “Wales’ rich archives record our history and literary culture, helping more people than ever before to learn about our national heritage. Our archives also offer a unique record as evidence for our future generations – providing our children and our children’s children with a colourful, insightful and authoritative picture of our past cultures and traditions, and of our development as a nation.

“Adding Robert Johnson’s Survey of the Manors to the UK Register is the rightful recognition it deserves. I congratulate the National Library and thank UNESCO for their continued role in highlighting the importance of our documentary heritage.”

The awards will also celebrate two UK collections that have been added to the International Register, the papers of Winston Churchill and the diary of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig 1914-1919.
Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan, Chair of the Memory of the World UK Committee said: ‘These remarkable documents showcase the incredibly rich documentary heritage of the UK, much of which is freely available to the public through archives, museums and libraries. I encourage people to discover this inheritance for themselves.”

The UK National Commission for UNESCO is the central hub for UNESCO-related matters in the UK. Karen Merkel, the UKNC’s Non-Executive Director for Communications and Information said: “We would like to thank the members of the UK Memory of the World Committee, chaired by Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan, for their careful assessment of the new collections to be inscribed onto the UK’s Memory of the World Register. Their expertise guides applicants through the rigorous application process and ensures that collections of truly global significance and national impact join the prestigious community on the UK Memory of the World Register”.

Wales is home to a wealth of world class environments that have been formally recognised by UNESCO, in addition to its Memory of the World Collections.
These include:
- three World Heritage Sites (Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal in Trevor, Wrexham , Blaenavon Industrial Landscape in Torfaen and the Castles and Town Walls of Edward I in Gwynedd in Gwynedd, Conwy, and Isle of Anglesey),
- one Biosphere Reserve (Biosffer Dyfi Biosphere)
- two Global Geoparks (Fforest Fawr Geopark in the Brecon Beacons and the Geo Mon Geopark in Amlwch, Anglesey).
- four other Memory of the World inscriptions (Hepworth Cinema Interviews, National Screen & Sound Archive of Wales, Aberystwyth, Neath Abbey Ironworks, West Glamorgan Archive Service, Swansea, Peniarth Manuscript Collection, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, The Life Story of David Lloyd George National Library of Wales, Screen & Sound Archive, Aberystwyth)
The UKNC explores the value that UNESCO accreditation brings to Wales and the UK as a whole in its new report on the Wider Value of UNESCO to the UK.

Films released showing the history and heritage of the landscape of Wales

Two new films exploring the transformation of Wales’ landscape and the impact on people’s lives have just been released by the Cynefin project to celebrate International Archives Day on 9th June.

In the 1840’s a series of maps was commissioned to assist in organising the payments of tithes. These tithe maps capture virtually the whole of Wales and together create a snapshot of our nation on the cusp of transformation. The Cynefin Project, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Welsh Government, is conserving, digitising and exploring these maps to make the treasure trove of information they contain available to anyone, online, for free.

One of the films focuses on the railway network. The tithe maps show the fledgling railway network as it starts to snake across the landscape, but this was not the passenger network we are familiar with today. These new connections changed the fortunes of many towns. The line under construction on these maps would eventually link the docks of Cardiff to the iron and coal industry of Merthyr. This trade relationship would go on to transform Cardiff from the small town that existed in the 1800’s to the capital city of Wales.

The people and culture of Wales are deeply entwined with our landscape, but our
relationship with the land and the way we use it have changed dramatically over the centuries. The other film tells the story of our changing culture through the names we gave to places and we can travel back through time to understand the lives and concerns of people who lived centuries ago.
Einion Gruffudd, Cynefin’s Project Manager said: “We’re excited to release these videos on International Archives Day. It’s the perfect day to celebrate our nation’s heritage and the wonderful historical collections which can be discovered in archives all over Wales. Tithe maps tell the story of our ancestors, and in turn contribute towards our own personal and collective identity here in Wales.”
The Cynefin project is eager to get the people of Wales involved in transcribing the tithe maps and their associated tithe apportionment documents which name the landowners, land occupiers, land use and field names . This will help create an innovative and comprehensive online research tool for people to access and search through.

Helen Palmer, Chair, Archives and Records Council Wales says, “The Cynefin project is just one great example of archive and records teams all over Wales working together to make available the precious documents that represent our, and our nation’s shared history. Archives help to tell the story of our past and preserve our collective memory and cultural identity. To find your nearest archive and more about the work they do please download a copy of our new publication-Into the Archives from archiveswales.org”

To view the Cynefin films and find out more about the project and volunteering opportunities, visit www.archiveswales.org.uk

Go on an adventure this half term!

2016 marks the Year of Adventure in Wales so if you are looking for fun, adventurous and interesting activities this half term look no further than your local museum, archive and library!
Here is a taster of some of the great events that are happening across Wales:

• The Egypt Centre, Swansea – Museums by torchlight – May 14th (4pm – 6pm)
As part of Museums at Night 2016 the Egypt Centre will be opening late to give you the chance to explore the museum with the gallery lights off and only the case lights on. This is a chance to rediscover our great collection using torches to light your way! This event is suitable for all ages.

http://www.egypt.swan.ac.uk/index.php/events/713-museums-at-night-may-2016

• National Library of Wales – Build a Hero Workshops – Friday 3rd June
What do you think makes a great hero? Do you want to get started writing your own stories? Join children’s writer, Sarah Todd Taylor for a workshop and we’ll create some new heroes and send them on an adventure.
Sarah Todd Taylor is a children’s writer based in Wales. Her first book, Arthur and Me, won the Firefly Press Children’s Book Competition and was published in 2014. Suitable for children aged 7 – 10.
Free admission by ticket

https://www.llgc.org.uk/fileadmin/fileadmin/docs_gwefan/ymweld_a_ni/arddangosfeydd/llgc__whats_on_summer_2016_web.pdf

• Greenfield Valley Heritage Park – Glitzy Glass – May 28th, (2pm – 4pm)
Visit our wardens who will help you put your own funky design on your very own sun catcher. Drop In.

http://www.greenfieldvalley.com/w/

• Rumney Partnership Hub, Julia Donaldson Story Time (1st June 9:30am – 10:30am)
Join us for stories from one of the nation’s favourite writers!

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/hubs-and-housing-offices/Rumney-Partnership-Hub/Pages/default.aspx

• Gwent Archives – Wildlife at the Works – May 4th (10am – 12.30pm)
Gwent Archives in partnership with Gwent Wildlife Trust invites you to discover wildlife past, present and future on the former Ebbw Vale Steelworks site.
FREE Event / booking essential

http://www.gwentarchives.gov.uk/events.aspx

• Neath Library, Rainbow Knitters (1st June, 10-12noon)
Join our friendly group of knitters and crocheters and chat over a coffee. Beginners and experts welcome

http://www.npt.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=2989

• Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery – Oh I do like to be beside the seaside – June 2nd (10am – 4pm) at Brecon Cathedral Heritage Centre
Seaside art and craft, suitable for children aged 3-11years
FREE / Children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult

http://www.powys.gov.uk/en/museums/visit-your-local-museum/brecknock-museum-art-gallery/

• Blaenavon Library, Torfaen – 31/05/16 – 03/06/16
Story and Craft Day: Story sessions throughout the morning starting at 10:30am and craft sessions during the day

http://www.torfaen.gov.uk/en/Libraries/Libraries.aspx

• Canolfan Thomas Telford Centre – Guided Walks – Monday 30th May 2pm and Thursday 2nd June 2pm,
Menai Heritage Trust will be hosting two guided walks as part of the Anglesey Walking Festival during the half term break.

http://menaibridges.co.uk/special-events/

• Chepstow Community Hub, Creepy Crawly Stories! (Thursday 2nd June, 11am – 12pm)
Listen to creepy crawly stories & make your own Magical Mini Beast
Ages 5-8

http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/community-hubs-and-libraries/chepstow-hub

• Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives – Make and Take – 31/05/16 and 02/06/16 10:30am – 12:30pm
Make a craft with an historical twist at Wrexham Museum. Themes vary.
Suitable for families with children.
Drop in event.
£1 per child

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/heritage/events.cfm#events

• Pontardawe Library, Lego Club (31st May, 10:30 – 11:30)

http://www.npt.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=2989

• Narberth Museum, Children’s Photography Competition! (28th May – 4th June)
Visit the museum during half term and photograph objects from the museum’s collection on a phone or tablet. Then, use apps to create a unique piece of art. For more information about the competition contact: emma@narberthmuseum.co.uk

http://www.narberthmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events/

• Llyn Maritime Museum, Fun Morning for Kids! (2nd June 10:30am – 12:30pm)
Welsh and English storytelling sessions for 4-7 year olds
Including a colouring competition and face painting
£2 each

http://www.llyn-maritime-museum.co.uk/eng/index.html

• Bargoed Library, Story and Activity Sessions (Tuesday 31st May, 2.30pm – 3.30pm)
Story and activity sessions for children

http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Libraries/Library-locations-and-opening-times/Bargoed-library.aspx

• Rydypennau Library, Dr. Rhys Jones Talk (28th May, 10:30am – 12:30pm)
Dr. Rhys Jones will be giving a talk as part of the libraries community day. There will also be crafts and refreshments. No booking is necessary.

https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Libraries-and-archives/Find-a-library/Pages/Rhydypennau-Library.aspx

For more information on the events being held in Archives, Libraries and Museums in Wales please visit our websites:

www.welshlibraries.org / www.llyfrgelloeddcymru.org
www.archiveswales.org / www.archifaucymru.org

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A poignant project which will capture the harsh reality of the First World War has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Anglesey Archives and Oriel Ynys Môn are currently working together on the ‘Bara Brith a Menyn Cartref’ exhibition; and they’ve just received a funding boost of £6,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
By creating an exhibition of Archival records and objects linked to the Great War, the project aims to tell the stories of Anglesey residents during the conflict. Items donated by the public, which include love letters from a soldier to his wife back home on Anglesey, and items from the museum and archive collection, will be on display at Oriel Ynys Môn from July 16th 2016. The exhibition will also be shared with the community through two special open days and a series of creative writing workshop and intergenerational art workshops.
The community open days will be held at Canolfan Ebeneser, Llangefni and Holyhead Town Hall to give Anglesey residents insight into the objects that will be on display in the exhibition. The project will also involve school children and an Age Well group from the island who will work collaboratively with an artist to create art work and creative writing work inspired by the objects on display.
The ‘Bara Brith a Menyn Cartref’ exhibition takes its name from a letter in which a soldier yearns for the home comfort he misses so much (bara brith with home-made butter). By displaying a collection of letters on loan for this exhibition this joint project hopes to showcase the power of archives and objects in telling a story. The art and creative writing workshops which coincide with the exhibition will offer children and adults the opportunity to learn more about the experiences on Anglesey during this turbulent time and also to offer their reaction to it through art and prose.
Principal Archivist Hayden Burns said “We are delighted to have received this grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and confident that this exhibition and the associated outreach work will offer a new perspective on this important period in history. By working with partners in the community, we will be able to share our collections to a wider audience.”
Lifelong Learning portfolio holder, Councillor Kenneth Hughes, added, “This exhibition will provide an invaluable perspective of life at the front and the home during the First World War. I’d like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for its support and look forward to visiting the exhibition when it opens in July. I’m certain it will make for a very poignant, but popular exhibition with many Anglesey residents and visitors alike.”
The head of the HLF in the Wales, Richard Bellamy, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £70million in projects – large and small – that are marking this Centenary. Thanks to National Lottery players our First World War: then and now small grants programme is enabling even more communities like those involved in the Bara Brith a Menyn Cartref project to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help people to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

GWENT ARCHIVES ACHIEVES NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

Gwent Archives has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation.

Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Archive Service Accreditation is awarded by the UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee, representing the entire archive sector. Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that Gwent Archives has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing; the care of its unique collections and what the service offers to its entire range of users.

Gwent Archives is a regional archives service, serving the local authorities of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen. Its mission is to collect, preserve and make available for research the historical records relating to the area it serves. Since 2011 it has occupied premises in Ebbw Vale in the General Office a grade 2* listed building, the former headquarters of the Ebbw Vale Steelworks. Purpose-built storage and conservation facilities have been annexed to it.

Tony Hopkins, County Archivist commented: ‘This award is recognition of the high quality of service that Gwent Archives offers the researcher and the professional level of care we provide for archives. It crowns five years of hard work since moving into our new building. It has been a team effort and I am very proud of all the staff who have contributed to this achievement.’

The Archive Service Accreditation assessors noted that the service had developed in recent years ‘both in terms of major improvements in collection care and the fundamental development of the stakeholder offer.’ The assessors felt that the service ‘had very positive momentum, looking to develop from a sound foundation.’ They particularly commended activity with local partnerships and with mental health groups ‘as model work to develop outreach to a variety of communities’.

For more information about Archive Service Accreditation visit: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/archive-service-accreditation.htm

GWENT ARCHIVES ACHIEVES NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

Gwent Archives has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation.

Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Archive Service Accreditation is awarded by the UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee, representing the entire archive sector. Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that Gwent Archives has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing; the care of its unique collections and what the service offers to its entire range of users.

Gwent Archives is a regional archives service, serving the local authorities of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen. Its mission is to collect, preserve and make available for research the historical records relating to the area it serves. Since 2011 it has occupied premises in Ebbw Vale in the General Office a grade 2* listed building, the former headquarters of the Ebbw Vale Steelworks. Purpose-built storage and conservation facilities have been annexed to it.

Tony Hopkins, County Archivist commented: ‘This award is recognition of the high quality of service that Gwent Archives offers the researcher and the professional level of care we provide for archives. It crowns five years of hard work since moving into our new building. It has been a team effort and I am very proud of all the staff who have contributed to this achievement.’

The Archive Service Accreditation assessors noted that the service had developed in recent years ‘both in terms of major improvements in collection care and the fundamental development of the stakeholder offer.’ The assessors felt that the service ‘had very positive momentum, looking to develop from a sound foundation.’ They particularly commended activity with local partnerships and with mental health groups ‘as model work to develop outreach to a variety of communities’.

For more information about Archive Service Accreditation visit: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/archive-service-accreditation.htm

To contact Gwent Archives: 01495 35 3363 or enquiries@gwentarchives.gov.uk.

Rare footage of Conwy plane crash

The film from the Conwy Archive Service shows what happened after an RAF plane crashed in Rhos on Sea Rare footage has emerged of an investigation into a plane crash in Rhos on Sea. The film, thought to date back to the 1920s, shows crowds of people on the beach as military men look at the wreckage. The fascinating clip, entitled ‘RAF aeroplane wrecked at Rhos on Sea’, belongs to Conwy Archives and provides a snapshot into times gone by. The film has no sound, but shows families – all smartly dressed with men and women in hats – looking at the plane on the seafront. The plane’s registration number is F2425.    

 

 

The Conwy Archive Service is based at The Old Board School, Lloyd Street, Llandudno and can be contacted on (01492) 577550.

Archives across Wales scoop national awards for marketing excellence.

Archive staff from across Wales have attended a prestigious awards event in the National Library of Wales today (Friday 26 February). The Marketing Excellence Awards recognise the fantastic work being done by staff in museums, archives and libraries across Wales, often with very limited resources.

Over forty entries were submitted to this year’s Marketing Excellence Awards from libraries, museums and archive services across Wales. Categories include: demonstrating marketing excellence; joint marketing project of the year and marketing champion of the year.

 

Archives winners included:

 

Demonstrating Marketing Excellence

West Glamorgan Archives – Swansea in 1852

Highly Commended: Anglesey Archives and Gwent Archives

Joint Marketing Project

Cynefin Project

Archives Marketing Champion

Victoria Jackson – Gwent Archives

The awards are part of the Welsh Government’s ‘Attracting the Audience’ programme for museums, archives and libraries, and Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, commented: “We want to see as many people as possible using our excellent library, museum and archive services across Wales so that they can benefit from what’s available. Marketing plays an important role in encouraging people to use these facilities and I’m pleased we are recognising the positive work being done across the sector, despite the challenges.

“The standard of entries in this year’s awards has been excellent; it’s pleasing to see so many examples of good practice within these sectors and some really innovative ideas.”

Attendees at the event in the National Library of Wales had the opportunity to hear more about the winning entries, meet the judge and hear from guest speakers.

All entries were judged by Jonathan Deacon, Professor of Marketing at the University of South Wales and Trustee (former Chair) of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Cymru. Professor Deacon commented:

“I have been judging these awards for several years and I have to say that the standard of entries, innovative ideas and resourcefulness of staff in the three sectors continues to impress me.  There are many examples of excellence in marketing that could equally be applied to any business or organisation within Wales. 

“Many of the entries were low in budget but high in creativity – proving that sophisticated and successful marketing does not depend on large budgets.

Winners received a trophy, certificate and a variety of prizes including marketing workshops and specialised equipment to enable them to further develop their skills and enhance their marketing activities.

For a full list of winners and to view the entries please visit www.welshlibraries.org

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  • Archives winners from across Wales at the Marketing Excellence Awards 2016 held in the National Library on 26th February.

Welsh archives benefit from partnership funding

Four Welsh archive services will receive funding totalling over £28,000 to undertake vital conservation work on fragile and damaged items in their collections, thanks to a partnership between the Welsh Government and the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust (NMCT).

The funding will conserve items to which access had previously been extremely restricted due to their condition, making them accessible to local users, students and researchers.

The conservation treatment will also enable the digitisation of the documents, extending access to Wales’ cultural heritage to online audiences in Wales and beyond.

The successful projects include maps from The Penrhyn Estate collection, an unbroken series of documents which give a unique and valuable insight into the management of an estate in North Wales during the nineteenth century.

Some of the maps are important for evidencing the historic issues of the time. For example, the Penrhyn/2219 map was produced as a consequence of a cholera epidemic in Bangor in the 1850s and is therefore a valuable research tool in understanding this significant episode in the city’s social history.

The Penrhyn Estate papers were accepted for the nation in lieu of inheritance tax in 2010 and are considered to be of outstanding national and international significance.

Also being conserved is a collection of medicinal recipe and prescription books, which reflects the growth of L. Rowland and Son Ltd (Numark) from a local business to become one of the most important and respected in the town of Wrexham. 

In the context of Wales, the collection is important as a detailed record of the development of medicinal recipes and their prescriptive uses.  The prescription books in particular reflect the changing practices and the diverse ways in which the ‘Druggist’ served the community, with recipes from Horse Embrocation Cream, the curiously unexplained ‘Horse Pills’ and ‘Bug Powder’ in the earliest books to Lemonade and Ginger Beer powders in 1921.

The Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates said:

“There is a fantastic range of items receiving funding this year, including items from the Neath Abbey Ironworks archive, a UNESCO memory of the world registered collection, and the Penrhyn Collections, which was judged to be of exceptional significance when it was accepted for the nation in  lieu of inheritance tax.

“I am delighted also to be able to support the work to preserve two important local collections, one of which evidences the development of Denbigh and the other providing a fascinating insight into the work of a Chemist from 1759 in Wrexham.

“I would like to thank the NMCT Trustees for their support and for enabling archive services in Wales to ensure that some of our most special items will be preserved for both us and future generations to access, appreciate and enjoy.”

Since 2008 the NMCT, in partnership with the Welsh Government, has supported 35 projects. Items and collections of national and international importance held by archives across Wales, including letters of correspondence from the trenches of the First World War, Family Pedigrees and historic maps, have been conserved.

The conservation work will enhance access to the items. In a stable condition, items can be studied, handled and safely digitised, and consequently made available to a wider audience via the internet.
Lord Egremont, Chairman of the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust, said: 

“We are absolutely delighted that our long term partnership with the Welsh Government is ensuring that more, important Welsh manuscripts are being conserved than ever before.

“Our partnership has helped attract other funding and, as a result, together we have invested over £200,000 in the conservation of Wales’ written heritage – all of which is now publicly accessible thanks to our support.”

Go on an adventure this half term!

2016 marks the Year of Adventure in Wales so if you are looking for fun, adventurous and interesting activities this half term look no further than your local museum, archive and library!

Here is a taster of some of the great events that are happening across Wales:  

 

  • Half Term Fun with Raspberry Pi – Swansea Central Library (17th February 2.30pm)

Watch how you can make a Raspberry Pi pop balloons, then have a go yourself! Create a sweet shop game or build a beeping, flashing robot! FREE

http://www.swansea.gov.uk/libraryevents?ayear=2016&amonth=1&aday=17

 

  • Little Time Travellers at Flintshire Archives

Then and Now – activities to introduce young children (18months – 5 years) to archives.  Explore the past with your children.  Discover historical treasures through pictures, stories, craft and music sessions.

https://www.facebook.com/FlintshireRecordOffice/posts/508942105947743

 

  • National Museum, Cardiff – Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology (26th January – 30th October 2016)

Step into the world of famous explorers and travel on an adventure uncovering treasures from around the world at this exciting new exhibition at National Museum, Cardiff.

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/cardiff/whatson/8641/Treasures-Adventures-in-Archaeology/

 

  • Adventure in the Library – National Library of Wales

Come on an adventure around the Library’s exhibitions with the help of our brand new activity book. It’s full of exciting activities, games and puzzles…

 

  • Wrexham Library – Kids Takeover

Kids will be taking over Wrexham Library on February 16th, drop in to see them at work!

 

 

  • Tredegar House – Bird Box Making (15-19 February)

Join in with our lively bird box making workshops and invite some feathered friends into your own garden.

Head into the House to discover the secret lives of the servants in the ‘Below Stairs’ rooms and go exploring on tours to the ground floor rooms. Be a helper in the Great Kitchen, smashing up spices and get hands on making bird feeders.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/37e9e2ef-be72-4fad-bed5-b61f2b66b3d8/pages/details

 

 

 

 

  • St Fagan’s Family Ghost Walks (19th and 20th February)

See another side to the museum as night falls over St Fagan’s castle – an hour of frighteningly good family fun!  Suitable for children aged 7-11, must be accompanied by an adult.

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/stfagans/whatson/  

 

  • Tutankhamun’s Tomb – The Egypt Centre

Explore the secrets of mummification as you practice on our dummy mummy. Find out what was needed to live forever in the afterlife, and learn how to write your name in magical hieroglyphs. You will also have a go at some arts and crafts activities, and make your very own mummy model.   

£20 for the day 10am – 3.00pm

http://www.egypt.swan.ac.uk/index.php/events

 

  • Kite making and Snowdrop Art – Chirk Castle (16,17 and 18 Feb 11am – 3pm)

Calling all kids, join us at Chirk Castle for some spring themed crafts. For the active amongst you we’re going to be making kites, which with a bit of wind can be flown from the meadow in front of the castle. For the more artistic of you we will also be doing some snowdrop art, so take inspiration from our beautiful snowdrop displays and see what you can create!

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle

 

  • Valentine’s Treasure Hunt – Ammanford Library (13Th February 10am-12pm)

Valentine’s Treasure Hunt with the chance to win a family ticket to see the show ‘Shapeshifters’ in the Miners Theatre.              

 

  • Neath Library – Revolting Rhymes and Ludicrous Limerick Workshop (18th February 11am)

An hour of naughty fun with Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts finishing off with the creation of our own ludicrous limerick!
The first part of the session will have a selection of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts read aloud followed by a fun workshop creating our very own Neath Library Limerick!

                http://www.npt.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=2486

  • Pennard Library, Swansea – Lego Robot Techno Maze (17th February, 11am – 12.30pm)

Build a fantastic Lego robot using the Lego Mindstorms NXT robotics kit and programme your robot to complete a maze!

http://www.swansea.gov.uk/libraryevents?ayear=2016&amonth=1&aday=17

 

 

 

 

  • From Pithead to Sickbed – Glamorgan Archives

Based on a major new study carried out by Swansea University’s Disability and Industrial  Society project, this exhibition will explore how disabled people were treated and viewed in the mining industry and the South Wales communities that relied upon it.

http://glamarchives.gov.uk/our-events/

For more information on the events being held in Archives, Libraries and Museums in Wales please visit our websites:

 

www.welshlibraries.org / www.llyfrgelloeddcymru.org

www.archiveswales.org / www.archifaucymru.org

 

Or visit our social media pages:

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