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Tachwedd 2013

Spooky Specimens!

Postiwyd gan Katie Mortimer-Jones ar 8 Tachwedd 2013

On Wednesday 30th October, National Museum Cardiff came alive for a haunting day of Halloween fun. Curators (and witches!) from the Natural History department filled the main hall with spooky specimens from our collections to share with the public on a busy half term day.

The botanists made a real impression by opening up the Herbarium and creating a spooky graveyard of deadly plants. This was a real hit with the children who left repeating some of the delightfully ghoulish names to their parents such as “Stinking Hellebore!” and  “Bloody Cranesbill!”

The Fungus table had a case of wonderful wax models where you could match each fungus with its creepy name, such as the Trumpet of Death, Scaly Tooth and Witch Heart. Children, and adults, could make their own fungus with the colourful modelling clay provided, creating some amazing new species!

Two witches stirred their potion in a cauldron alongside an eerie ‘Herbs in Medicine and Magic’ display.  All Harry Potter fans would have immediately recognised the famous Mandrake, a plant often used in magic rituals due to its hallucinogenic properties, but there was no need for ear muffs as the real plant does not let out a fatal scream!

Marine and Mollusc curators put out an array of Halloween treats from ghost slugs and dead man’s fingers to blood cockles and pumpkin snails. Visitors enjoyed being able to touch sea urchins, spiny oysters and star fish. The pickled cuttlefish and squid were a real treat and produced a great mixed response, from awe to disgust, from children and adults alike.

The giant bloodsucking mosquito model dominated the Entomology stand whilst a witch displayed a table of British bats, from the largest Noctule to the smallest Pipistrelle.

Geologists enticed visitors with ‘fossils in folklore’, including echinoderms that were thought to be ‘fairy loaves’, and ‘dragon claws’ that come from dinosaurs. Those brave enough stayed to see the ‘Hell, Fire and Brimestone!’ stand which revealed specimens of larva, ash and volcanic rocks.

The Open Day was underpinned with an educational trail provided by the Education department. The trail took children around all of the displays, answering questions on blood stained petals and thunder stones, fungal fingers and tails of worms, to name a few. It was an excellent way to get families involved and encouraged children to interact with the curators. The trail proved to be extremely popular with 170 families taking part.

For those who wanted to know more, there was a scary ‘Dragons’ tour in the Evolution of Wales gallery and two behind the scenes tours of the Biology and Geology collections.

The day was a real success with 3127 members of the public coming through the museum doors. So, if you didn’t make it this time keep your eyes peeled on the ‘What’s On’ guide  for more upcoming Natural History Open Days throughout the year.

Blog by Harriet Wood

Hydref 2013

Diwrnod plannu enfawr

Postiwyd gan Danielle Cowell ar 16 Hydref 2013
Plannu eich bylbiau - Powerpoint


Dim ond pum diwrnod tan yr wythnos plannu fawr a fydd yn cael eu cynnal ledled y DU fel rhan o'r ymchwiliad Bylbiau'r Gwanwyn i Ysgolion!

Gobeithio y bydd y tywydd yn garedig i ni!

Bydd chwech a hanner mil o ddisgyblion yn plannu bylbiau fel y cam 1af yn yr ymchwiliad hinsawdd gyffrous.

Bydd ysgolion Saesneg a Chymraeg yn plannu ar yr 21 Hydref ac yn yr Alban ar 25.

I bawb sy’n plannu:

  • Cofiwch wneud eich labeli cyn plannu!
  • Darllenwch hwn cyn Plannu eich bylbiau i sicrhau brawf-deg!
  • Danfonwch lun neu ‘Tweet’  i mi o'ch dosbarth yn plannu i'w defnyddio yn y blog hwn.

Fy nghyfrif Twitter yn www.twitter.com / professor_plant

Pob lwc!

Athro'r Ardd

Things I've been doing part two...

Postiwyd gan Sian Lile-Pastore ar 14 Hydref 2013

So part one of my epic sharing of photos with you looked at our summer art and craft activities. Part two is all about the food festival and a couple of craftivist sessions.

On a lovely sunny day up in the Italian gardens we had a picnic and took part in the Craftivist Collective project all about fashion. The project is all about how we love fashion and hate sweatshops, and as part of our event we talked about where we buy our clothes and what we can do to help the situation. It definitely made us all think more about ethical fashion and sustainability!

Another Craftivist project we've been a part of this year is the #imapiece jigsaw project. Earlier in the year we had a session where we made fabric jigsaw pieces embroidered with messages about global hunger and sent them to the craftivist collective to be a part of a huge installation. Just a couple of weeks ago we got a part of the installation back (300 pieces out of a whopping 700 or so) and exhibited it in St Fagans: National History Museum. We have also been adding to the installation ourselves, it will be up for a few days yet, so come and see it and let me know if you would like to add your own message.

For the food festival this year, myself and genius gardener Bernice made herbal teabags! Bernice picked and dried mint, lemon balm, fennel seeds and Elderflower from the gardens here in the museum and then we bought some teabags to fill and made little envelopes to put the teabags in for safe keeping, or as a sweet gift. We also made sure we had a pot of tea on the go all day and almost everyone liked our blend!

The last thing I wanted to tell you about is the Wedding Fayre that was held here a couple of weeks ago. You probably already know that you can get married here in St Fagans, either in the castle or in Oakdale. Well, now you can also have a hen afternoon tea party as well! as part of this tea party you can learn to dance, have hair and make-up done (vintage style), or get all crafy with me! The photos show what kind of things we could make... tissue pom-poms, name places, bunting... it will be lovely and I can't wait to take part!

That's all for today, but I do have some knit and sew group photos to share next time, and look out for half term halloween arts and crafts and quilt club on the 2nd and november. Happy Autumn!

Things I've been doing part one....

Postiwyd gan Sian Lile-Pastore ar 14 Hydref 2013

I've been taking photographs of all the activities I've been a part of, but keep forgetting to update the blog with them. Therefore this is going to have to be a two-parter as I have so much stuff to update you all with.

Ok. Let's go:

Our summer art cart activities included the super successful Iron Age shield making workshop. Ian (the celtic guy) and I spent two days running the workshop and we were really lucky to have volunteers on hand too as with all the glue, paint and celtic pattern designing it was pretty crazy. As you can see from the pictures, the finished results were just beautiful. I love the one that looks like maybe Chagall had a hand in it.

Artist Tracey Williams made the most wonderful house out of cardboard with visitors over the summer, inspired by our buildings on site. It was a lovely community project which I stupidly don't have any photos of!

I spent the rest of august doing a variety of art and craft workshops - we did some sketching of nature in the bird hide, made dragonflies out of wooden pegs and did gorgeous drawings and collages of the lily pads in the Italian Gardens with a bit of inspiration from Monet. We also did some sewing and made felt flower badges which were really popular.

If you took part in any of these activities, do you have any photographs you could share? and what did you think of our locations this year? was it fun going to the Italian gardens (I know I enjoyed it) or was it too far away from the main entrance? let me know!

O Jyngl Brasil i Ddethol Naturiol

Postiwyd gan Ciara Hand ar 10 Hydref 2013

Parhau i ddathlu bywyd Alfred Russel Wallace...

Croesawyd dros 300 o fyfyrwyr Lefel-A i Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd ar gyfer digwyddiad arbennig ar y cyd ag Ysgol Gwyddorai’r Ddaear a’r Môr Prifysgol Caerdydd.

Ar wahoddiad Athro Dianne Edwards F.R.S, rhoddodd yr Athro Steve Jones F.R.S chyflwyniad dan y teitl ‘Ai anifail arall yw dyn?’

Trafododd yr Athro Jones y cyndeidiau sydd gennym ni a phrimatiaid eraill yn gyffredin, y dystiolaeth enetig dros esblygiad dyn, a gwahaniaeth barn Wallace a Darwin ar y pwnc. Mae’r Athro Steve Jones yn Athro Emeritws Geneteg yng Ngholeg y Brifysgol Llundain ac yn awdur nifer o lyfrau gwyddoniaeth poblogaidd.

A rhoddodd Theatr na nÓg yn berfformiad ardderchog o'u chwarae You Should Ask Wallace.

Aeth y ddrama â ni ar daith o blentyndod Wallace yng Nghymru i’w anturiaethau anhygoel i’r Amazon ac archipelago Malay, lle datblygodd ei theori am esblygiad. Ei ddarganfyddiadau ef sbardunodd Darwin i gyhoeddi ei waith arloesol ar y pwnc.

Bydd arddangosfa o fywyd Wallace yn agor ar 19 Hydref yn Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd.

Yn ôl traed Wallace

Postiwyd gan Ciara Hand ar 3 Hydref 2013

Yr wythnos diwethaf, teithiodd staff Amgueddfa Cymru a myfyrwyr lleol i Gwm Nedd  i astudio bywyd Alfred Russel Wallace, ac i ganfod ysbrydoliaeth o’i anturio yn ne Cymru.

Dyma ni’n treulio diwrnod yn dilyn yn ôl ei draed o Bontneddfechan i raeadr Sgwd Gwladys, yn astudio daeareg a bioleg y daith, gyda chymorth arbenigwyr Amgueddfa Cymru.

Adeg ei farwolaeth ganrif yn ôl, cai Alfred Russel Wallace ei gyfri’n un o fawrion olaf Oes Fictoria. Mae Wallace yn fwyaf enwog am ddarganfod proses esblygiad drwy ddethol naturiol, ar y cyd â Charles Darwin, ond prin yw’r bobol heddiw sy’n cofio am Wallace.

Cafod Wallace ei ysbrydoli gan dirlun de Cymru, a treuliodd flynyddoedd lawer yn crwydro’r cymoedd yn mapio hanes natur. Bydd ffotograffau, fideos, brasluniau a chyfweliadau’r myfyrwyr yn dod yn rhan o arddangosfa yn Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd yn Ionawr 2014. Bwriad yr arddangosfa hon fydd adrodd hanes Wallace yng Nghymru, a gobeithio bydd yn sbardun i rywun arall fynd ati i anturio.

Cynhaliwyd y project hwn diolch i gefnogaeth hael un o Noddwyr Oes Amgueddfa Cymru

Bydd arddangosfa ar fywyd Wallace yn agor yn Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd ar 19 Hydref.

Arbrawf oddfog!

Postiwyd gan Danielle Cowell ar 3 Hydref 2013
Athro'r Ardd a Bylb Bychan
Gwirfyddolwyr addysg: Bethan Lloyd, Liam Doyle a Claire Amundson.
Ystafell llawn bylbiau.
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Helo! Fy yw'r Athro'r Ardd a hoffwn groesawu'r chwe mil a hanner o wyddonwyr ifanc ar draws y DU sy'n cymryd rhan yn y Bylbiau'r Gwanwyn i Ymchwiliad Ysgolion eleni!

Bydd deuddeg mil o fylbiau yn cael eu plannu a'u monitro fel rhan o'r ymchwiliad hinsawdd hwn sydd yn cael ei gyd-drefnu gan yr Amgueddfa Cymru. Os oedd record byd am nifer o bobl yn plannu bylbiau ar yr un pryd, (mewn sawl lleoliad) gallem ei hyrddio!

Mae pob un o'r bylbiau wedi cael eu cyfrif ac yn gyson yn cael eu dosbarthu i'r 150 o ysgolion ar draws y wlad. Hoffwn groesawu pob disgybl ac athro fydd yn gweithio ar y prosiect hwn!

  • Cymerwch olwg ar y map i weld ble mae'r bylbiau yn cael eu hanfon ar draws y DU
  • Os nad ydych wedi derbyn fy llythyr eto - dilynwch y ddolen hon.
  • Cyn i bob bwlb cael ei phlannu, rhaid i bob disgybl mabwysiadu eu bylbiau ac addewid i ofalu amdano. Os ydych chi eisiau gwybod mwy - dilynwch y ddolen hon.

Cyn i chi fabwysiadu eich bwlb efallai y byddwch hefyd yn dymuno gwybod mwy o ble mae'n dod. Mae fy ffrind Bwlb bychan yn mynd i esbonio:

Fi a fy holl ffrindiau bwlb dod o blanhigfa feithrin ym Maenorbŷr, ger Dinbych y Pysgod yng Nghymru, fe'i gelwir ' Springfields '. Roeddem wedi cael eu dewis ac yn llwytho ar fan yn barod i fynd i'n cartrefi newydd. Ar y dechrau roeddwn ychydig yn ofnus, ond pan wnes i gyfarfod Athro'r Ardd yn yr Amgueddfa roeddwn yn deall fy mod i yn ddiogel a bod gennyf waith pwysig i'w wneud. Rydym i gyd wedi cael eu dewis i helpu i ddeall sut gall y tywydd effeithio ar bryd fydd fi a fy ffrindiau yn gwneud blodau. Mae fy rhieni cyn i mi dyfodd yma hefyd, Springfields wedi bod yn tyfu'n ni 'Daffodils Tenby' am tua 25 mlynedd, rydym yn un o'r ddwy genhinen Pedr sydd yn frodorol i Ynysoedd Prydain.”

Dim ond ychydig o wythnosau tan blannu! Ni allaf aros!

Athro'r Ardd

Medi 2013

Beachwatch 2013 - a great success

Postiwyd gan Katie Mortimer-Jones ar 24 Medi 2013

On Saturday 21st September Amgueddfa Cymru ran their annual Beachwatch event. This involved fantastic family science activities in the morning attended by 41 members of the public and seven members of staff. Participants looked at strandline and rockpool animals and seaweeds as well as fossilised corals and snails. Inspired by the fossils and shells that they had seen, the children went on to create wonderful pieces of artwork using Plaster of Paris on the wet sand of the beach.

After lunch, the volunteers gathered to clean the beach and do a litter survey recording all the items they found. The beach clean was attended by 59 volunteers including many of the families from the morning activities.

The results will be sent to the Marine Conservation Society who will collect the data from this beach and hundreds of other UK beaches that were cleaned this weekend. As well as making the beach safer for people and marine life, the Marine Conservation Society also use the data to find out where beach litter comes from and contribute to marine conservation.

As you can see from the photo we found a lot of rubbish including 9 tyres, half a canoe and a traffic cone! A huge thank you to our wonderful volunteers, Ogmore Beach now looks even more beautiful!

3 days to Beachwatch!

Postiwyd gan Katie Mortimer-Jones ar 18 Medi 2013

BEATCHWATCH – Saturday 21 September

10.30am – 12pm. Amgueddfa Cymru staff will be running  fun family activities for the public to  help them learn about the biology and geology of Ogmore beach. They will be looking at rock pools, strandlines, rocks and fossils along the shore.This year we will also have a fun ART activity involving plaster of paris and seashells. These morning activities are now fully booked, but you can still come along in the afternnoon to help out with the beach clean.

1pm – 2.30pm. Help with the Marine Conservation Society’s annual beach clean (Open to all).

Where: Ogmore Beach, Vale of Glamorgan. Meeting on the beach at Ogmore beach car park – down the ramp in front of the lifeguard centre.

Suitable for all ages, hope to see you there.

Haf ystlumaidd yn Sain Ffagan!

Postiwyd gan Hywel Couch ar 12 Medi 2013
Ystlum Pedol Lleiaf yn y Tanerdy
Dynion tan yn ymladd y tan yn y Tanerdy
Drychwch ar yr holl mwg!

Wel, ma gwyliau haf arall wedi hedfan heibio, ac mae  hi bron yn amser eto i groesawu grwpiau ysgol yn ôl i Sain Ffagan ar ddechrau flwyddyn ysgol newydd! 

Mae’r haf eleni wedi bod bach yn wahanol i mi yma yn Sain Ffagan. Oherwydd y gwaith ail-ddatblygu da ni di colli’r Tŷ Gwyrdd fel adeilad, felly mae’r gweithgareddau natur wedi bod bach mwy nomadig nai’r arfer! Roedd hi’n gyfle neis i mi ddefnyddio ardaloedd gwahanol o’r amgueddfa ac i edrych ar ba fywyd gwyllt sydd i’w ffeindio o amgylch y lle. 

Dros fis Awst, ddaeth tua 1000 o bobl i gymryd rhan mewn amrywiaeth o weithgareddau natur o amgylch yr amgueddfa, o archwilio yn y goedwig am fwystfilod bach i’n teithiau ystlumod gyda’r nos. Mae’r teithiau ystlum eleni wedi bod yn hynod o boblogaidd! 

Ar ddechrau’r haf naethon ni ail-agor y guddfan adar yn ei leoliad newydd ger ysgubor Hendre Wen. O’n i’n poeni falle byse dim cymaint o adar i’w weld yn yr ardal newydd, ond ar ôl treulio hanner awr yn gwylio’r adar nes i weld 11 rywogaeth wahanol. Gobeithio neith niferoedd tebyg parhau i ymweld â’n bwydwyr o amgylch y guddfan. Mae’r guddfan nawr ar agor bob dydd, felly ar eich ymweliad nesa i’r amgueddfa byddwch yn siŵr i bipio draw i weld be welwch chi! 

Ym mis Awst cawsom bach o fraw ar ôl tan fach yn y Tanerdy. Mae’r Tanerdy yn gartref i grŵp o ystlumod Pedol Lleiaf prin iawn. Torrodd tan drydanol bach allan un bore yn yr ystafell islaw ble mae’r ystlumod yn clwydo fel arfer. Diolch byth, nath y tan ddim cydio diolch i ymateb cyflym gan Wasanaeth Tan ac Achub De Cymru. Yn ystod y digwyddiad nath yr ystlumod hedfan i ardal o’r adeilad yn bell o’r tan. Nath y stori hyd yn oed cyrraedd tudalennau wefan y BBC! Diolch i Anwen am y llunie!

Mae’r ystlumod nawr wedi dychwelyd i’w ardal clwydo arferol ac i’w weld yn iawn. Yn anffodus, nid yw’r un peth yn wir am y camera ystlumod a oedd yn yr adeilad. Mae cyfuniad o ddifrod dwr a mwg yn golygu bydd angen camera newydd arnom, gobeithio cyn gynted â phosib! 

Mae ystlumod Sain Ffagan i’w weld yn mynd o nerth i nerth! Mae gennym ni 11 o’r 18 rhywogaeth sy’n byw ym Mhrydain yn clwydo yn yr amgueddfa, yn cynnwys yr ystlum Nathusius Pipistrelle sy wedi bod yn clwydo yn 2 o’n hadeiladau. Cyn hyn, dim ond 2 clwyd o’r ystlum yma sy ‘di cael ei ffeindio yng Nghymru. Dyma stori arall eleni nath newyddion

Eleni cynhaliwyd 3 Taith Ystlum gyda’r Cyfnos yn yr amgueddfa, a bob un yn llawn! Diolch i bawb ddaeth ac ymddiheuriadau i bawb nath trio bwcio ond oedd methu cal lle! Da ni’n bwriadu cynnal 4 taith mis Awst nesa gyda phosibilrwydd o fwy os oes galw! Os daethoch ar un o’n teithiau eleni ac os oes gennych unrhyw adborth, rhowch wybod i ni yma neu trwy anfon e-bost i’r amgueddfa! 

Un peth arall, hoffwn roi diolch mawr i’n tîm newydd o wirfoddolwyr sy ‘di bod yn helpu dros yr haf! Trwy gael pâr ychwanegol o ddwylo i helpu gyda digwyddiadau a gweithgareddau, mae’n bosib i ni gynnig gwell profiad ac ymweliad i’n hymwelwyr. Diolch yn fawr i chi gyd!

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