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Hydref 2014

Unlocking records from backlog collections

Postiwyd gan Harriet Wood ar 17 Hydref 2014

This week we were delighted to welcome our new intern, Seren Thomas, to the Department of Natural Sciences. Seren is already known to the department having volunteered for us in the Mollusca and Botany Sections whilst studying for her degree five years ago. Now, with her degree behind her, including a professional training year at Kew Gardens, and a Masters degree starting late next year, Seren was keen to work with us once again. So, what will she be doing… 

There is so much useful information held in our collections that we are continually trying to make available and disseminate. Seren will be helping unlock data from our non-marine British backlog collections in Mollusca (primarily slugs and snails). These specimens date from before 1900 to the present, cumulatively spanning almost the whole of Britain and Ireland, representing many species and habitats. The project will involve repackage and re-labelling each species in turn, and extracting, verifying and georeferencing the species and site data. This will allow the data to be exported to the national environmental recording networks via the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland. It will also help the material to be used more efficiently and widely in our research projects and other activities.

Watch this space to see how the project progresses over the next year and beyond.

More I Spy Competition Winners

Postiwyd gan Katie Mortimer-Jones ar 14 Hydref 2014

We were joined this Saturday by two more of our I Spy…Nature drawing competition winners and their families. The winners were shown around the mollusc (shell), marine invertebrate and vertebrate collections as part of their special behind the scenes tour by museum curators Katie Mortimer-Jones and Jennifer Gallichan. The visitors were able to select draws from the mollusc collections to look in and saw a Giant Clam and a cone shell known as Glory of the Seas (Conus gloriamaris), a once sort after shell found in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, to name but a few. Next onto the fluid store, where we keep our fluid preserved specimens such as marine bristleworms, starfish, crabs, lobsters and fish specimens. Lastly the tour finished up in the Vertebrate store where we keep some of the Museum’s taxidermy and skeleton specimens. After the tour, the winners were given their prizes of natural history goodies from the Museum Shop.

World Octopus Day

Postiwyd gan Harriet Wood ar 8 Hydref 2014

Today is a very special day…it’s World Octopus Day! So, what better opportunity to celebrate the life of the eminent Cephalopod expert Dr William Evans Hoyle. Here at Amgueddfa Cymru Hoyle has a particularly special place in our hearts as he was our first Director and donated part of his Cephalopod collection to our museum containing some 463 jars of specimens.

So, who was this man…?

Born in Manchester in 1855, Hoyle followed a varied and interesting career but his passion was always for science and nature. From an Oxford degree in Natural History to a diploma in medicine; from writing Challenger Reports to being Keeper and Director of the Manchester Museum; whatever the challenge, Hoyle took it on with energy, enthusiasm and a great sense of humour.

The challenge of Challenger:

It was in 1882 that he was invited to be a naturalist on the editorial staff of the “Challenger” Expedition, under the supervision of Sir John Murray. This was to be the start of his life-long love for cephalopods. All of the cephalopods collected over the four years of the expedition (1872-1876) were passed through his hands. His skills in dissection and anatomy meant he was an excellent candidate to carry out their thorough examination. He produced diagnoses and descriptions of these creatures which were compiled into a preliminary report in 1885 and a final report in 1886.

His tenure with the Challenger team lasted six years but for the remainder of his life he studied and analysed cephalopods from all over the world and produced numerous publications. Examples of some of his studies are those collected by Herdman from Ceylon (1924); Stanley Gardiner from the Maldives and Laccadives (1905); those collected on the National Antarctic Exhibition (1907); and the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition (1912). Hoyle was a meticulous worker and drew many of his own beautiful illustrations for these publications, some of which now reside in the archive at Amgueddfa Cymru. He quickly became recognised as a chief authority in the subject.

Director of the National Museum of Wales

After 20 years of working at the Manchester Museum, including a period as Director, Hoyle took his final career change in 1909 when he was appointed Director of the National Museum of Wales (now Amgueddfa Cymru). By this time he was already considered the most prominent science museum director in Great Britain. For Hoyle this was the perfect job and represented the fulfilment of a life long ambition. It allowed him to be involved in the development of a museum, both as a building and a concept, from the beginning. The museum was chartered in 1907 but Hoyle joined the team at a time when he could participate in the architectural discussions and was responsible for some major changes in the design of the building. As part of his research he visited many museums in both Europe and America so he could learn from their mistakes and find the best methods of development. He noted particularly that often not enough space was allocated for collections and their future growth.

A place for exploration and discovery

Hoyle applied great energy to his work and with his exceptional organisational skills and knowledge he pushed this museum forward. With such a strong scientific background, and experience of working with material from expeditions, he was a strong promoter of the museum as a science and research institute. He promoted it as an arena for exploration and discovery of the world. Hoyle also had good acquaintances with fellow natural historians, especially as a member of the Cardiff Naturalist Society, and so encouraged them to donate their collections. His years at NMW put this museum on the scientific map and made it a place where eminent scientists were proud to bequeath their collections.

As a concept Hoyle was a great believer that museums should be “Schools for learning” as well as store houses for interesting objects. He was very well known as a popular lecturer in a great many subjects and his sense of humour and enthusiasm brought his talks alive. He was also known to have a wonderful ability to interest children and pass this enthusiasm onto them.

He was Director through the First World War which proved a great difficulty at times and caused frustrating delays in the development of the building. Sadly, Hoyle retired due to ill health in 1924 and was never to see the completion of the museum as he died on 7th February 1926 in Porthcawl. 

Are E-cigarettes harmful to museum collections?

Postiwyd gan Christian Baars ar 7 Hydref 2014

Re-visiting no smoking policies to include non-tobacco replacement products.

AC-NMW has recently banned the use of e-cigarettes from its galleries. E-cigarettes are considered a less harmful version of conventional cigarettes – do they really need to be banned from museums?

What's the problem?

An electronic cigarette, also known as an e-cigarette, is an electronic inhaler that vaporizes a liquid solution into an aerosol mist, simulating the act of tobacco smoking. E-cigarettes use a rechargeable battery to power the vaporizer.

Many people use e-cigarettes as a way of quitting smoking and while this is deemed a positive development, the act of using an e-cigarette does look like smoking which is disconcerting to other people. Users of e-cigarettes should be sensitive to the impression that using the substitute may give to others. For example, there are questions surrounding the appropriateness of smoking e-cigarettes in public, especially around children.

Smoking ordinary cigarettes violates established museum policies and therefore, for the sake of consistency, the use of e-cigarettes has been prohibited at AC-NMW on health and safety grounds (and in line with existing legislation covering smoking in public places) since May 2014.

In addition, there are good conservation reasons against ‘vaping’ in museums. Electronic cigarettes work in a similar way (with a chemical carrier, such as propylene glycol, nicotine and a cocktail of flavouring chemicals) to scent and smoke machines that historic houses and museums have rejected in the past to protect collections from damage.

What is the effect on museum collections?

What does the science say about the effects of e-cigarettes? A summary report recently reviewed 29 studies on the chemistry of e-cigarettes and found that refill solutions and aerosols contain nicotine, tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs), aldehydes, metals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), flavours, solvent carriers and tobacco alkaloids (Cheng 2014). However, not all of those chemicals are necessarily emitted by a user exhaling vapour from an e-cigarette. In fact, the average nicotine concentration in e-cigarette vapour is considerably lower than the amount found in tobacco smoke (Czogala et al. 2013).

In addition, e-cigarette vapour does not appear to contain some of the other toxic products found in cigarette smoke. VOCs, including acetone and formaldehyde, are seemingly not emitted at all (Czogala et al. 2013), or at levels considerably lower than from conventional cigarettes (Schripp et al. 2013) – the slightly different results depend on the analytical methods used. Crucially, acetic acid is emitted by e-cigarettes (Schripp et al. 2013).

Acetic acid is very problematic in museum galleries and collections stores. Airborne acetic acid leads to destructive corrosion of metals and minerals, including calcitic bivalve shells and fossils. And while the levels emitted by each individual e-cigarette may be small, many museum conservators and curators have first-hand experience at dealing with damage caused by airborne indoor pollutants.

Pre-cautionary principle applies in museums

We have a duty to maintain our fantastic heritage, and to care for the collections of Wales to ensure their continued and future preservation. It is best to put the objects first and limit the chemical and aerosol exposure of museum collections by prohibiting the use of both conventional and e-cigarettes in museums.  

 

References

Cheng, T. 2014. Chemical evaluation of electronic cigarettes. Tobacco Control 23: ii11-ii17.

Czogala, J., Goniewicz, M.L., Fidelus, B., Zielinska-Danch, W., Travers, M.J., Sobczak, A. 2013. Secondhand exposure to vapors from electronic cigarettes. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, doi:10.1093/ntr/ntt203.

Schripp, T., Markewitz, D., Uhde, E., Salthammer, T. 2013. Does e-cigarette consumption cause passive vaping? Indoor Air 23: 25-31.

  

#fflachamgueddfa

Postiwyd gan Heledd Fychan ar 6 Hydref 2014

Wel, mae'r wythnos wedi cyrraedd. Ar ôl misoedd o gynllunio a thrafod, yn hwyrach yr wythnos hon, bydd y #fflachamgueddfa yn cael ei wireddu. Er bod gennym eisoes rhai straeon yn barod i rannu fel rhan o'r #fflachamgueddfa a rhai gwrthrychau o’r amgueddfa i arddangos, fel Billy y Morlo, y gwir yw, nid oes gennym unrhyw syniad beth fydd ffurf derfynol yr amgueddfa hon gan ei fod yn llwyr ddibynnol ar bobl sy'n dod i Ganolfan y Mileniwm ar ddydd Iau a dydd Gwener (9 a 10 Hydref) gyda'u straeon a / neu wrthrychau sy'n ymwneud â, neu ‘n eu hatgoffa o Gaerdydd.

Dyma sut y bydd yn gweithio. Bydd y #fflachamgueddfa  yng nghyntedd Canolfan y Mileniwm, a bydd rhywun yno o 9:00-17:30 ar y ddau ddiwrnod. Gallwch naill ai roi gwrthrych a'i adael gyda ni, gyda disgrifiad ysgrifenedig neu sain ohono, neu gallwch gael eich llun wedi'i dynnu gyda'r gwrthrych. Os byddwch yn dewis gadael unrhyw beth gyda ni, bydd yn cael ei dychwelyd atoch ar ôl i’r #fflachamgueddfa ddod i ben! Fel arall, os oes gennych stori, gallwch naill ai ei hysgrifennu i lawr neu gael eich ffilmio yn adrodd yr hanes ni, a bydd yn cael ei ddangos fel rhan o'r #fflachamgueddfa.

Dal i fod gyda mi? Da iawn...

Bydd popeth yn wych os yw pobl yn troi fyny. Felly, dyma pam mae angen eich cymorth chi arnom. Wnewch chi os gwelwch yn dda ledaenu'r neges, drwy siarad am y prosiect gyda ffrindiau a theulu a’n helpu i hyrwyddo trwy gyfryngau cymdeithasol. Nid oes rhaid i wrthrychau fod yn rai gwerthfawr neu'n nodweddiadol o amgueddfa. Gall fod yn ddoniol, od, rhyfedd, difrifol, syfrdanol- yn wir, unrhyw beth dan haul cyn belled â bod ganddo stori ynglÅ·n â Chaerdydd. Gall olygu rhywbeth i chi yn bersonol neu gall fod yn rhan o'r stori sefydliad neu gwmni yng Nghaerdydd. Dyma eich cyfle i greu math gwahanol o amgueddfa.

Am ragor o wybodaeth, e-bostiwch heledd.fychan@amgueddfacymrmu.ac.uk neu @heleddfychan

I Spy...Nature Drawing Competition

Postiwyd gan Katie Mortimer-Jones ar 6 Hydref 2014

Visitors to our I Spy….Nature pop-up museum at the Capitol Shopping center over the summer were given the opportunity to enter a drawing competition, using our museum specimens as inspiration for their artwork. Nine winners were chosen in three age groups, winning Natural History prizes from the museum shop. As part of the prize, all winners were offered the opportunity to have a special tour behind the scenes at the museum. Several of the prizewinners have already been to visit us and the rest will be visiting us over the next few weeks. All of the winning entries can be viewed here

The National Waterfront Museum Youth Forum join the fun on Roald Dahl Day

Postiwyd gan Loveday Williams ar 1 Hydref 2014

The 13th September 2014 was not your average day at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. There was childlike music playing, story-time in front of the caravan exhibition and a strange fellow walking around who seemed to have lost his famous Chocolate Factory. The Youth Forum was also there, collecting stories and memories of caravanning holidays from visitors to the Museum to feature alongside the main exhibit of the family caravan.

Roald Dahl day certainly attracted a lot of families to the Museum, and many of them were more than happy to share their own personal stories of caravanning. We even managed to film a few people, including one person who could only remember the bad weather – this is Wales after all! The weather was a constant theme in the recollections, but happily many people enjoyed caravanning and camping despite the rain. My favourite memory would have to be the person who towed a 2-berth caravan with their Harley-Davidson motorbike, although I wouldn’t want to be stuck behind them in traffic! People young and old were sharing their memories and stories of caravanning with their family and friends, showing that caravan holidays are still a popular choice for many people in the age of package holidays.

All in all it was a nice day for the children and families, and we were able to collect lots of memories to travel alongside the caravan when it moves to St Fagans National History Museum as a key display in one of the new galleries.

Daisy Binks Youth Forum Member       

Medi 2014

A Window into the Industry Collections

Postiwyd gan Mark Etheridge ar 29 Medi 2014

Amongst the new collections we have received in September is this unusual miniature miner’s dial. This is a compass-like instrument used underground for the surveying of passages and seams. The engraved plate on the lid of the box of this example shows that it was presented to Mr. W. Meredith by the workmen of Tylecoch Colliery on Sept. 12th 1881. The manufacturer is unknown.

 

 

 

We have been donated two twist boxes this month. These twist boxes were used by miners to carry their chewing tobacco. They were not allowed to smoke underground due to the risk of explosions. The one on the left even contains some original tobacco! Both examples belonged to ancestors of the donor and were both used in south Wales collieries. Twist boxes are fairly common mining related objects. An excellent display can be seen in our galleries in the old pit head baths at Big Pit: National Mining Museum.

 

This photograph was donated along with the two twist boxes and is a souvenir of the stay in strike at Parc Colliery. The donor’s grandfather is one of the men in the photograph.

 

Finally the certificate below was issued by the Monmouthshire Education Authority to Abraham Evans in 1945.

 

Mark Etheridge

Curator: Industry & Transport

Follow us on Twitter - @IndustryACNMW

 

Beachwatch

Postiwyd gan Katie Mortimer-Jones ar 25 Medi 2014

Last Saturday 20th September we ran our annual Beachwatch event at Ogmore Beach in the Vale of Glamorgan. This was part of the national campaign run by the Marine Conservation Society encouraging communities to get out and about to care for their local shorelines. This is the 10th year that museum staff have been organising a Great British Beach Clean at this beach.

In the morning families took part in workshops with museum curators finding out about different types of seaweeds and animals in the strandline and in rock pools. There were fossil hunts where people discovered lots of fossilised bivalve shells and sily lilies (crinoids) in the rocks. Families also helped create our ‘Beach Museum’ making Landart, inspired by the works of artists like Richard Long.

After lunch the serious work began, museum staff and families scoured a 150m stretch of beach near to the slipway searching for rubbish. Sadly this wasn’t a challenge, we collected over 35kg of litter in an hour!  Each piece of rubbish found was logged and all this data will be sent on to the Marine Conservation Society who will use it to find out where beach litter comes from and contribute to marine conservation. Over the last 10 years we have seen a change in the rubbish that we have collected on this beach. During initial cleans one of the greatest problems encountered were cotton bud sticks, however these have declined over the years. Sadly one of the greatest problems encountered this year was dog poo in plastic bags and hypodermic needles. Over 65 people took part in the day’s activities and we look forward to taking part in Beachwatch the same time next year.

#fflachamgueddfa - Y stori hyd yma

Postiwyd gan Graham Davies ar 22 Medi 2014
Straeon Caerdydd ar ffurf cerdyn
Straeon Caerdydd ar ffurf cerdyn
Corgi polystyrene yn y #fflachamgueddfa
Corgi polystyrene yn y #fflachamgueddfa
Bwrdd mawr lle gall pobl eistedd a trafod eu straon
Bwrdd mawr lle gall pobl eistedd a trafod eu straon
Ambell i gas hyfryd sydd ar hyn o bryd yn yr orielau celf cyfoes yn Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd
Ambell i gas hyfryd sydd ar hyn o bryd yn yr orielau celf cyfoes yn Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd
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Dyma ddiweddariad am ein prosiect fflach amgueddfa.

Rydym yn creu fflach Amgueddfa ynglyn a Chaerdydd, gyda Amgueddfa Stori Caerdydd, gyda cefnogaeth Cronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri, ar gyfer Cynhadledd Cymdeithas yr Amgueddfeydd yng Nghaolfan y Mileniwm, Caerdydd, ar 9-10 Hydref. Cyn i ni ei greu, rydym wedi gofyn i bobl Caerdydd a thu hwnt i’n helpu i gasglu straeon a gwrthrychau.

Cyn belled, rydym wedi cynnal 3 gweithdy yn Amgueddfa Stori Caerdydd. Rydym wedi casglu dros 30 o straeon Caerdydd ar ffilm a chardiau stori a wedi gweld gwrthrychau gwych a gwahanol sydd i gyda a rhywbeth i’w ddweud am Gaerdydd yn eu ffordd unigryw eu hunain. Mae’r broses wedi dod a phobl ynghyd i drafod a rhannu eu straeon am Gaerdydd. 

Cynhaliwyd y gweithdy diweddaraf yn Amgueddfa Stori Caerdydd rhwng 6-8yh ar 11 o Fedi. Roedd caws, gwin a diodydd ysgafn ar gael i ychwanegu at awyrgylch gymdeithasol y noson. Erbyn diwedd y sesiwn, roedd 20 o bobl wedi picio i mewn a rhannu eu straeon. Fe aethom a camera fideo allan ar y stryd a ffilmio 20 voxpop gan grwp amrywiol o bobl! Roedd rhai yn hynod o ddigri, a byddent yn cael eu dangos yn ystod y fflach Amgueddfa yng Nghaolfan y Mileniwm.

Y Gwrthrych Cyntaf

Corgi polystyren oedd y gwrthrych cyntaf i ni ei dderbyn. Roedd wedi cael ei adael allan gyda'r sbwriel ar stryd yn y Rhath - ond cafodd ei achub, ei olchi, ac mae bellach yn byw yn hapus gyda ei berchnogion newydd mewn ystafell fyw yng Nghaerdydd.

Cynllunio’r fflach amgueddfa

Fel mae’r nifer o storiau a gwrthrychau Caerdydd yn tyfu, tyfu hefyd mae’r angen i ni feddwl ynglyn a sut mae arddangos yr hyn sydd weid ei gasglu. Bydd y Fflach Amgueddfa yn symud i Ganolfan y Mileniwm ar y 9-10 Hydref ar gyfer Cynhadledd Cymdeithas yr Amgueddfeydd felly bydd yn rhaid iddo fod yn hyblyg ac yn hawdd i’w greu.

Rydym wedi dechrau mynd drwy storfa Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd am gasus, silffoedd, seddi, unrhywbeth! Dyma gasgliad o beth rydym wedi ei ddarganfod:

  • Bwrdd mawr lle gall pobl eistedd a trafod eu straon. Un syniad o ran arddangos yw rhoddi bocsus clir ar y bwrdd, a’u rhoddi ar ben ei gilydd fel bod yn arddangosfa yn tyfu dros ddeuddydd.
  • Ambell i gas hyfryd sydd ar hyn o bryd yn yr orielau celf cyfoes yn Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd. Bydd hyn yn caniatau i ni arddangos gwrthrychau o Amgueddfa Stori Caerdydd a’r casgliadau cenedlaethol sydd yn dweud rhywbeth am Gaerdydd yng Nghanolfan y Mileniwm.
  • Mwy o seddi! Rhai eithaf neis allan o ddefnydd llwyd.
  • Ac yn olaf…Billy y Morlo!

Nid ydym yn siwr eto os fydd Billy’n cael dod gyda ni i Ganolfan y Mileniwm, ond rydym yn ceisio gweld os bydd yn bosibl. Mae ysgerbwd Billy wedi bod yn rhan o gasgliadau Amgueddfa Cymru er y 1940au. Daeth Billy i Gaerdydd yn 1912, pan ddarganfu pysgotwyr ef yn eu rhwydi. Cafodd yr enw Billy cyn canfod cartref newydd yn Llyn Parc Fictoria.

Yn ol y son, fe wnaeth Billy ddianc pan fu llifogydd a nofiodd lawr Cowbridge Road. Ar y ffordd, stopiodd mewn siop bysgod leol ac archebu ‘dim sglodion, dim ond pysgodyn os gwelwch yn dda’. Aeth yna i’r Admiral Napier am beint, hanner o ‘dark’, ond cafodd ei ddal a dychwelodd i’r llyn.

Wyddo ni ddim os yw hyn yn wir, ond mae nifer o drigolion lleol yn taeru eu bod.

Dilynwch y blog hwn i ganfod os caiff Billy ddianc eto!

Gwybodaeth bellach

Gweithdy nesaf y fflach Amgueddfa

27 Medi 11.00yb-1.00yh, Amgueddfa Stori Caerdydd

Am fwy o wybodaeth ynglyn a chreu fflach Amgueddfa dilynwch y linc yma (Saesneg yn unig):

http://popupmuseum.org/pop-up-museum-how-to-kit/