Amgueddfa Cymru

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Following on from our last beekeeper's report, Ben tells us what has been happening:

11th June: “Returning from my travels it was exciting to go see the bees again. I must admit I was anxious, mainly because earlier in the week there had been reports on Wales Online of a swarm in the City Centre. The reported swarm had caused mayhem in the brewery quarter when a few thousand bees descended on a table outside the Yard public house.  When I’d heard about this swarm I feared the worst, were they our bees? Had we missed something? I’d heard reports from some of the museum technicians that there had been clouds of bees up near our hives on that Monday – perhaps that was them swarming!

I can’t describe my relief when I opened the hive of our strong colony to discover that it was full of bees. They were there, all present and correct! The weather was perfect, warm and still, ideal for thoroughly going through the hive! So, removing the heavy super full of honey, I delved straight into the brood box with the help of Sally and lots of smoke! I must admit though, hearing of Nigel’s six stings didn’t fill me with confidence! There are a lot of bees in this hive now and actually seeing what’s happening on the frame is really quite difficult! Going through each frame carefully revealed two Supersedence type queen cups and several play cells (unlaid cells where the bees practice making queen cells). These were removed and the hive was carefully put back together and some of the bees coaxed back inside! Interestingly, now the hive is very full, bees seem to accumulate at the entrance and around the lip of the brood box and they often need a bit of smoke to encourage them back inside.

On opening the weaker hive I was delighted to see that the bees have substantially increased in number and activity. The colony has increased in strength from the 1.5 frames of bees to 5 full frames of bees. Without wanting to disrupt the bees too much, I quickly went through the hive to check the brood pattern and food supplies. Seeing that there were adequate capped reserves of honey and that lots of the bees were returning covered in pollen I closed the hive up and strapped it back down.  Just as we were finishing up Sally was stung! I think the first time for the female bee keepers! Rather painfully she’d been stung right on her heal, somewhere I’d been stung previously so I can vouch for the fact that it really does hurt!

Perhaps our bees aren’t so choosy about who they sting after all!”

Our second event on preservation of heritage in times of conflict is on Saturday 11th July at National Museum Cardiff, 10:00 to 17:00. Throughout the afternoon, we will again offer a series of short (15-minute) informative talks:

14:00 - Stabilizing heritage in turbulent times; what can science do? (Dr Lisa Mol, Cardiff University)

14:30 - The role of Conservators in heritage preservation. (Dr Christian Baars, Amgueddfa Cymru) 

15:00 - Authenticity, ownership and the question of restoration vs preservation vs conservation. (Jane Henderson, Cardiff University)

15:30 - Flint in Egyptian Pharaonic Warfare. (Carolyn Graves-Brown, Egypt Centre Swansea)

16:00 - War damaged monuments: memory and preservation. (Dr Toby Thacker, Cardiff University)

All talks are free of charge. The event is hosted by Amgueddfa Cymru and sponsored by Cardiff University. For further information follow our blog here, or at Cardiff University.

Dwi'n ddiolchgar iawn 'mod i wedi sgrifennu'r rhestr yma wythnos diwetha, yn syth ar ôl cwrs ar google analytics efo Jess Spate o Thoughtful SEO. Mi ges i olwg graff ar beth mae'r platfform yn gallu'i gyflawni - o ddefnyddio tameidiau ohono dros y blynyddoedd, ro'n i'n amau bod llawer mwy y gallwn ei fesur a'i ddadansoddi. Mae sawl aelod o'r tîm digidol yn giamstars yn barod, felly beth am ifi ddechrau efo rhywbeth reit syml i ymarfer? Dyma 5 darlun mwyaf poblogaidd Celf Arlein:

San Giorgio Maggiore by Twilight - Monet

Mae cynifer o ddarluniau hynod a hudol 'da ni o Fenis, gan gynnwys y noslun hwn gan Whistler, a fy ffefryn, y Palazzo Camerlenghi gan Sickert. Y darlun mwyaf pobolgaidd ar Celf Arlein, fodd bynnag, yw'r darlun amryliw yma gan Monet. Fe ddowch o hyd i'r fersiwn 'go iawn' yn Oriel 16, yma yn Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd.

Rain - Auvers - Van Gogh

Un o ddarluniau olaf Van Gogh, sydd ar daith yn yr UDA ar hyn o bryd. Bydd yn werth ymweld ag e pan fydd yn dychwelyd - mae'r paent yn drwch blêr wrth ddangos cwysau'r tir, a'r glaw fel petae'n hollti'r ganfas. Bron ag y gallwch chi hogle'r petrichor.

Teulu Henry VIII: Alegori o'r Olyniaeth Duduriaidd - Lucas de Heere

Efallai bo'r lluniau anffurfiol o George a Charlotte yn wahanol iawn eu naws, ond, 500 mlynedd ar wahan, ffocysu ar rym a phwysigrwydd llinach benodol y mae'r darlun hwn hefyd. Mae i'w weld yn Oriel 10 yn AGC: dwi i wrth fy modd yn edrych yn fanwl ar y llun yma, nid ar y cymeriadau ond ar y tecstiliau yn y llun. Mae'r artist wedi gwneud cryn ymdrech i beintio'r ffabrigau crand 'ma - a ma nhw ddipyn yn grandiach na'r dillad 'Tuduraidd' o'n i'n arfer ei wisgo yn Sain Ffagan!

La Parisienne - Renoir

Un o hoelion wyth y casgliad, a brynwyd gan y chwiorydd Davies - eu hatyniad at weithiau argraffiadol a'u gwaith elusennol a sefydlodd egin yr amgueddfa fel yr ydym ni'n ei hadnabod hi heddiw. Dwi erioed di dirnad cweit beth sydd y tu ôl i grechwen y 'Ferch o Baris' - efallai mai dyna sy'n ei gwneud hi'n Mona Lisa Caerdydd! Mi wnes i ddwlu ar y llun yma hefyd, a dynnwyd gan Sioned a Nia mewn priodas fis diwetha.

Running Away with the Hairdresser - Kevin Sinnott

Yr unig ddarlun gan rywun o Gymru sy'n ymddangos yn y rhestr - a ffefryn go iawn ymysg ein hymwelwyr i'r oriel. Mae'r gwaith bywiog, amwys hwn am ail-ymddangos ar wal ein horielau ar yr 20ed o Awst. Dw'n cofio cael fy syfrdanu gan hwn pan y gweles i e, a'r eilwaith gan ddarllen y teitl: mae'r artist yn rhoi digon o arweiniad i'r dychymyg, ond yn rhoi digon o le iddo grwydro hefyd. Sgwn i sut y daeth antur y torrwr gwallt i ben?

Felly, dyna'r 5 darlun mwyaf poblogaidd yn Celf Arlein - dwi'n licio defnyddio'r nodwedd 'dewis ar hap' i ddarganfod rhan newydd o'r casgliad, neu waith newydd gan artist câr. Ac wrth gwrs, heb anghofio, os fyddwch chi'n cwmpo mewn cariad ag unrhyw rai o'r gweithau 'ma, ewch draw i'n tudalen Argraffu yn Ôl y Galw i archebu copi ohono ar gyfer eich oriel chi gartre!

Museum conservators are responsible for the care of collections. This includes appropriate storage of objects, housekeeping, and maintaining the correct environmental conditions to stop, for example, books in library collections from getting mouldy. In addition, emergency preparedness is another aspect of collections care (or: preventive conservation). How important this is was recently demonstrated during a large fire that gutted an entire historic property.

The fire at Clandon Park in April 2015 was devastating. However, a large part of the objects on display in the house were rescued successfully. This was only possible because the National Trust, who owns Clandon Park, has in place extremely well organised emergency plans. When the fire broke out these plans kicked into action immediately, and a well-rehearsed cooperation with the fire service led to the salvage of hundreds of objects from the house.

The fire fighters risked their lives to salvage important cultural objects. In addition, the help from staff, volunteers and local people must not be forgotten. But the point I am trying to make is that without an emergency plan, all of those helpers may not have achieved very much.

The documentation handed over to the emergency services in case of a disaster in a historic property or museum includes information on what the most important objects are, where they are kept and how they are secured. This enables planning a salvage operation down to taking the tools required for object removal into the building; it avoids the situation where you stand in a burning room in front of the object that needs to be removed quickly only to find out you took a flat-head screwdriver, rather than the Phillips you actually needed.

Emergencies are not restricted to fires. Floods, storms, even earthquakes and acts of terrorism (for example, the attack on the Bardot, Tunisia’s National Museum) can all lead to cultural heritage being damaged. In Wales, the Assembly Government has set up an Emergency Planning Network for museums to help museums, archives and libraries prepare for emergencies. The development of a network response group provides heritage professionals to help museums, archives and libraries in the event of an emergency, and assist with salvage and recovery.

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales has its own emergency plans which we hope will never have to be used – but it is nevertheless important to be prepared. Disaster preparation is part of the role of preventive conservators; we attempt to limit damage occurring to cultural objects in our care to keep them safe for you and future generations. This involves risk assessments, minimising risks – and being prepared for the worst to happen.

If you would like to know more about disaster prevention in museums, and heritage preservation in general, follow our blog, or Cardiff University's “Heritage in Turbulent Times” blog, and come to our free event at National Museum Cardiff on 11th July with talks on why scientists shoot with guns at building stones, restoration/preservation/conservation, flint in Egyptian Pharaonic warfare, and war-damaged monuments.

"Heritage in Turbulent Times" is a joint project between Cardiff University and Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.  

Every week on #FossilFriday we like to highlight specimens from the palaeontological collections of the Natural Sciences Department at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, via our @CardiffCurator Twitter account. Sometimes they are fossils on display at National Museum Cardiff, whilst at other times they form part of the collections behind the scenes.

Interested in trilobites, ammonites and dinosaurs? Then why not find out what we have been tweeting over the last year or so in the following two Storify Stories: ‘Friday is Fossil Time’ and ‘Fantastic Fossils’.

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