Welsh Museums Festival 2017

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The Welsh Museums Festival will kick off later this year with a range of events to celebrate the best in heritage and history from across Wales.

From the 28 October – 5 November museums, art galleries and heritage sites across Wales will be hosting a wide range of activities, exhibitions and events and will include everything from talks, walks and trails to demonstrations, craft workshops and story-telling.

At the Cynon Valley Museum, families will be invited to find their own legend through a series of activities inspired by art, theatre and puppetry. From hidden histories and local myths to the real-life stories of people who once lived in the area, hand-drawn maps of the Cynon Valley will inspire imaginations in a creative, family-friendly event. Cardiff Story Museum will be running an arts activity inspired by the work of Cardiff artist Charles Byrd. Byrd’s famous paintings and sculptures, known as ‘magical machines’ will inspire visitors to make their own and to explore their personal connections to the local city. The Welsh Government’s ‘Year of Legends’ initiative will inspire a storytelling event at Porthmadog Maritime Museum. Costumes will be encouraged at this event which will use storyboards to explore local coastal legends, and older children will be invited to discuss how legends develop from truths to myths. Storiel, based in Bangor, will work with the University Medieval Society in a living history event celebrating life in the fifteenth century. There will be lots to see throughout the day, including a cookery display, fighting exhibition and period fashion show, as well as a story-telling and craft workshop. The RWF Regimental Museum in Caernarfon will dedicate its event to the heroes of Paschendaale, with specific focus on the famous RWF poets Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and David Jones, and families will be invited try on military uniforms, make their own VC medals and even write a few lines of poetry.

With so many events on offer, there really will be something for everyone. Many of the museums taking part in the festival have been awarded grants from the Federation of Museums & Art Galleries of Wales. These include: Pontypool Museum, Cynon Valley Museum, Porthmadog Maritime Museum, MOMA Machynlleth, Cardiff Story Museum, The Brambell Museum, Storiel, Pembrokeshire Museum Service, Firing Line (based at Cardiff Castle), Powysland Museum, Erddig, RWF Regimental Museum, Rhondda Heritage Park, and The Newtown Textile Museum.

For more information about the events, please take a look at the venue websites or follow the @WelshMuseumsFed Twitter feed.

At Kids in Museums, we are absolutely thrilled to see the Welsh Museum Federation supporting so many family-friendly events across the country. Have you got a story about a family-friendly event near you? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch at [email protected]

Becky MacNaughton, News Editor

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