The National Waterfront Museum Youth Forum join the fun on Roald Dahl Day
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
A Window into the Industry Collections
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.
Curator: Industry & Transport
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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
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!
Gweithdy nesaf y fflach Amgueddfa
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Am fwy o wybodaeth ynglyn a chreu fflach Amgueddfa dilynwch y linc yma (Saesneg yn unig):
Is Content still King?
Graham Davies, Digital Programmes Manager, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
"Content is King". The phrase is strong, infallible, sitting proud on his pedestal, a little like the Queen Mother, or the National Health Service. Sacrosanct. But has the time come to question some of our long held adages in the world of digital content and web design? Is content actually 'King' anymore?
Fresh back from an energising few days with the fab team at Culture24 at the Let's Get Real workshops and conference, I am determined not to let the enthusiasm and momentum get buried by the squillions of things in my inbox that greet me now that I am not 'Out of Office' anymore.
The discussions of the last few days have left me pondering over our constantly evolving digital landscape.
Which direction, and how high do we have to throw our digital content ball to get it successfully into the constantly moving net of engagement?
Jessica Riches, in her talk on 'Learning from Brands' seemed very surprised that she was the first of the day to mention the phrase ‘Content is King’
This made me think. And think again. About the shift in focus to be more about platforms, the importance of audiences and what channels those audiences use and reside in.
So has the time come to update or even rewrite the rulebook?
1. Content is King?
Surely it's not just raw content that is king anymore. Who your content is intended for significantly alters how it should be written and where it should be published. What is the intent of those people reading it? (as apposed to the intentions of those writing it). So I give you rule rewrite number 1:
Content, Intent and Purpose are the new King, Queen and Jack
By thinking of it this way, you are reminded that content on its own doesn't stand any more. It's equally important to also think of why you are writing it and where the people are who want to read it?
2. Build it and They Will Come?
This fell off its pedestal a long time ago, but if we were to prop it back in place the stonemasons would need to re-carve the plinth to read:
Write it and take it to where they are. Or perhaps better still: Go pay them a visit and have a chat
This helps reinforce the idea that we can't be institutional broadcasters anymore, we should be working with our audience to help them answer what they want to know, rather than what we want to tell them.
To demonstrate this, Shelley Bernstein provided us with a superb keynote speech at the Let's Get Real conference on how the Brooklyn Museum are trusting the audience and developing a wholly user-centric approach to their new responsive museum.
3. Design Responsive Websites
Great, Yes, very good. Although a revision of this phrase can encompass web design by default whilst primarily focussing on content:
Optimise your content to be platform independent
4. Think Mobile First
Yes, we must, and we should make this behaviour ingrained. By turning this rule upside-down, our new banner proclaims (and by its very nature automatically assumes mobile first):
Remember to check the desktop
Think back to those good old days where everything had to be retrofitted to work in IE 6. Who now retrospectively checks that everything reads and works well on a desktop? Not many I'm guessing.
But beware. Herein lies the paradox: Remember, people looking to visit one of our venues are more likely to be looking us up through a mobile device. However, people looking at in-depth long-form curatorial and academic material are predominantly still using desktops.
This is where headline metrics can be misleading, if your website as a whole shows a rise in mobile, that doesn't mean that all the content on the site is being accessed through mobiles. This is why metric analysis is so crucial before we apply blanket statements based on overall trends.
This brings me onto to something bigger I have been mulling over recently...
"Can we put it on the website please"?
Quite frankly, I dislike the term "Website". I often ask what section or area people are actually referring to, for websites these days have come to contain many distinct areas and functions, serving completely separate and different audiences and requirements. Maybe this is the crux of the problem? At the moment we are all busy working on a 'one solution fits all approach'. Shouldn't we be thinking of applying separate templates and content strategies based on different audience requirements within our own websites?
Going back to our rewritten rule number one, and this should be applied within (and throughout) our own organisational websites too.
All this can help us ensure that we consistently put the users needs at the centre of our goals and ambitions. Just by thinking a little differently about our assumptions, we have the ability to take a quicker, more direct route to successful engagement.
Arddangosiadau Tîm Adeiladau Hanesyddol
Mae Elan yn gwirfoddoli gyda fforwm ieuenctid Sain Ffagan. Yn ddiweddar, treuliodd Elen amser gydag ein Uned Adeiladau Hanesyddol ac mae wedi ysgrifennu am ei phrofiad isod;
Arddangosiadau Tîm Adeiladau Hanesyddol
Fel rhan o’r arddangosiadau Tîm Adeiladau Hanesyddol yn Sain Ffagan, es i i Hendre’r Ywydd Uchag i weld saer coed wrth ei waith. Pan gyrhaeddais roedd yn brysur yn gweithio ar ffrâm ddrws ar gyfer y Pentref Oes Haearn newydd gyda phren a oedd o’r safle ac wedi cael ei dorri y bore hwnnw. Roedd rhaid i’r gwaith gael ei wneud gyda llaw heb unrhyw gymorth oddi wrth beiriannau. Roedd e’n fwy na hapus i siarad â ni ynglŷn â’i waith ac i ateb ein cwestiynau. Soniodd ynglŷn â’i hanes proffesiynol, ei fod wedi gwneud NVQ mewn gwaith saer hanesyddol a’i fod newydd orffen ei brentisiaeth ar ôl gweithio yn yr amgueddfa am bum mlynedd. Roedd ei edmygedd tuag at wybodaeth y crefftwyr mwy profiadol yn glir ac roedd yn ymwybodol fod y wybodaeth hon yn dod o brofiad ac nid ar sail cymwysterau.
Esboniodd wedyn sut daethant â’r adeiladau i’r amgueddfa gan ddisgrifio’r cynnyrch terfynol fel ‘flatpack buildings’ wrth iddynt rifo’r holl friciau o amgylch ochrau’r adeilad cyn ei dynnu i lawr a’i ailadeiladu. Defnyddiodd Dŷ Hwlffordd a Gorsaf Drenau Raglan fel esiamplau. Roedd pwysigrwydd cadwraeth yn y broses hon yn eglur wrth iddo sôn mai dim ond tynnu’r hyn sydd angen ei dynnu ffwrdd roedd rhaid gwneud wrth atgyweirio adeiladau. Esboniodd sut byddai datblygiadau newydd sydd ar droed yn Sain Ffagan yn arwain at waith newydd e.e. Palas y Tywysog o Ynys Môn lle bydd rhaid iddynt drin 480kg o bren! Dyma oedd amser gwerth ei dreulio er mwyn deall sut roedd yr adeiladu’n digwydd yn Sain Ffagan.
by Elan Llwyd
I Spy...Nature Competition Winners
We ran an ‘I Spy…Nature’ drawing competition across the summer to celebrate our natural sciences pop-up museum and launch of a new exhibition at National Museum Cardiff. Our young visitors used some of the specimens from the museum collections as inspiration for their drawings. We had some fantastic entries and it was extremely difficult to choose the best nine drawings. However, after much deliberation we have chosen first, second and third places in 3 age categories (under 6, 6-9 and 10-13). The winners will be receiving natural history goodies from the museum shop. Many thanks to everyone who took part, we have really enjoyed seeing all of your wonderful drawings.
Popping up at the Capitol Shopping Centre
Museum scientists have been popping up in the Capitol Shopping Centre throughout the summer with their I Spy…Nature pop-up museum. Natural Sciences staff spent 9 days there with a variety of specimens from the Museum’s collections. Every day had a different theme from shells, to fossils, plants and minerals to name just a few. The public were able to ask our curators questions and find out about our new exhibition at National Museum Cardiff (I Spy…Nature), which is open until April 2015. We ran a drawing competition alongside the pop-up with some fantastic entries. We have chosen winners in three different age categories and they will be visiting us at the museum to have special tours behind the scenes and to claim their prizes. The winning entries will be posted on-line in the next few weeks. 2437 people visited us on the stand, which is a fantastic figure. Next we will be popping up at Fairwater Library on the 30th October and visiting 10 schools throughout the autumn.
A Window into the Industry Collections
Amongst the new collections we have received in August was a collection of two ship models and six watercolours. The models and paintings are all by Mr Tony Jackson who was apprenticed to Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons in 1951. The two models are of the BP tanker British Sovereign, and a Liberty Ship. The six watercolours show the Orient City, Homer City, Devon City, Fresno City, Graig and Graigfelen. The photograph below shows Tony Jackson in his uniform aged 15. The next two show the ship model of the British Sovereign ship model and a painting of the Graig.
This photograph is one of three we received showing the basilica and copper mines at El Cobre, Cuba, taken in February this year. These mines were important as a source of ore to Welsh smelting works. We recently acquired a share certificate relating to the Royal Copper Mines of Cobre which you can see in my March blog.
We have been donated a history of the Ely Brewery called ‘Beer and the Brewery’. This has been compiled by an ex-employee of the brewery who was an apprentice fitter and then fitter there from 1949 - 1962. This month we have also received 35 copies of the Ely Brewery house magazine ‘Mild and Bitter’. The image shows a front page from a 1956 edition.
We have purchased two interesting handbills for the collection. One is for the St. George’s SS Co. Ltd., and dates to 1910. The other is for a cruise along the Cardigan coast in 1968.
This Sharp 'Font Writer' Personal Word Processor (Model FW-710 UM) was purchased by the donor to be used during her university course. The word processor was manufactured by Sharp Electronics (UK) Ltd. at Wrexham in about 1995.
Curator: Industry & Transport
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Dros y penwythnos, yng nghanol wal anferth NATO a heddlu arfog, cynhaliwyd ail weithdy’r fflach amgueddfa. Pwrpas y gweithdai hyn yw canfod cynnwys ar gyfer y fflach amgueddfa sy’n cael ei greu yn Nghynhadledd Cymdeithas yr Amgueddfeydd ym mis Hydref fel rhan o Wyl Amgueddfeydd Cymru. Mae’r fflach amgueddfa yn cael ei chreu gan staff o Amgueddfa Stori Caerdydd, Amgueddfa Cymru a Cronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri gyda cynnwys yn dod gan unrhyw un sydd a stori i’w dweud am Gaerdydd.
Y tro yma, yn hytrach na gweithdy dwy awr, fe wnaethom drio annog pobl i bicio mewn... Yn anffodus, roedd yn ddiwrnod eithaf tawel. Er hyn, fe gawsom ambell i stori gwerth chweil. Clywsom gan ddiddanwyr stryd oedd heb fod yng Nghaerdydd yn gweithio ar ddydd Sadwrn am ugain mlynedd ond oedd yn ol ar gyfer priodas, a gan ddyn arall oedd yn cofio dod i Gaerdydd ar gyfer gwaith ac a ddechreuodd fynychu’r Vulcan yn rheolaidd.
Y broblem fwyaf gyda sesiwn fel hyn oedd bod pobl ddim gyda gwrthrychau ac os oedden nhw gyda hwy, nid oeddynt yn fodlon eu gadael. Golygali hyn ar derfyn y ddwy awr nad oedd gennym fflach amgueddfa, dim on casgliad o straeon. Gwers wedi’i dysgu!
Mae’r sesiwn nesaf yn mynd i fod ar nos Iau, 11eg o Fedi rhwng 6 ac 8yh yn Amgueddfa Stori Caerdydd felly dewch draw a gallwch wneud bach o siopa hwyr neu fynd am swper wedyn. Bydd hwn yn weithdy dwy awr felly fe fydd gennym amgueddfa wytch erbyn y diwedd.
Mawr obeithiwn y gallwch fynychu.
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