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Review of locomotive replica amid slave trade links branded “wokeness getting out of control”

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A decision to review a replica of the first steam-powered locomotive in Wales over claims it was linked to the slave trade has been branded “utterly preposterous” by the Welsh Conservatives.

The National Museum Wales could relabel Richard Trevithick’s locomotive, which was used in the first steam-powered rail journey in 1804, to highlight slave trade links.

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Officials at the Museum admitted there were no direct links between the Trevithick locomotive and the slave trade, but they said the use of the invention is “rooted in colonialism and racism.”

The museum has confirmed the Trevithick replica, which is on display in the Waterfront Museum in Swansea, would be subject to the Charter for Decolonising audit.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Culture, Tom Giffard MS, said: “Threatening to relabel a replica locomotive created by someone who had no direct links to the slave trade is utterly preposterous.

“This is just another example of wokeness getting out of control, and it appears that the museum has well and truly lost the plot if they go ahead with this.

“Fantastic pieces of work such as Richard Trevithick’s locomotive, which was used in the first steam-powered rail journey, should be celebrated – not punished.”

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(Lead image: Wikimedia / Oxyman / Creative Commons)

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Carmarthenshire Museum reopens for National Gallery painting exhibition

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It will be the first time the museum has been open to the public since 2020 when it closed for phase one of improvement, funded by Carmarthenshire County Council.

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People will be able to visit from Saturday to see Jean-Siméon Chardin’s ‘The House of Cards’, a painting from the National Gallery’s masterpiece collection, which was painted by the 18th century French artist in around 1740–1.

Carmarthenshire Museum was chosen by the National Gallery as one of only three museums in the UK to exhibit part of its collection.

The museum, in Abergwili, re-opens following completion of the first phase of restoration by Carmarthenshire County Council which has invested significantly to create a better environment for museum collections.  

The expansive programme of phased works includes roof repairs, two new galleries, re-building of the chimneys and decorative stonework.

Phase one involved making the historic landmark building watertight, installing a new roof, restoring stonework on the front of the building, repairing over 100 windows, restoring the iconic lantern window over the museum’s central hall and the distinctive carved stone porch – both legacies of the building’s past as the palace of the Bishops of St Davids.

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The museum also has a new shop to showcase gifts inspired by the museum collections and regional crafts and will open next week.

The museum entrance has also been adapted and is fully accessible with a gentle ramp and a power assisted outer door. Other sensitive modernisations have also been carried out.

Phase two of the ongoing restoration works is well underway and involves upgrading two galleries on the ground floor.  

This work, funded by Welsh Government, is expected to be completed by Easter.

The final phase will focus on smaller projects throughout the museum and the park and will get underway later this year.

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During the museum’s closure, the surrounding Bishop’s Park has also undergone a transformation under the management of the Tywi Gateway Trust, featuring accessible pathways, landscaping, interpretation, and planting after the council granted £300,000 towards the cost of developing disused outbuildings into a vibrant visitor centre and café within the museum grounds. 

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, said: “A huge amount of restoration work has been already done and is continuing at Carmarthenshire Museum, and we are working towards a completion date later this year.

“We are pleased that we have been able to complete phase one of these works just in time to host this magnificent painting as part of the National Gallery’s Masterpiece Tour.

“We wanted to be able to welcome visitors back as soon as was possible so we kindly ask our visitors to bear with us as we complete the rest of the phased restoration works that are underway at the museum. Investing in our museums and engaging in cultural activity has a demonstrable positive impact on starting well, living well and ageing well.

“Our museums are the family photobook of the history of our county, documenting where we’ve come from and helping to shape the unique cultural identity of our future generations.”

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(Lead. image: Carmarthenshire Council)

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Eight museums and libraries in Wales to get share of £1.1m for new community facilities

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Eight museums and libraries will benefit from £1.1million funding through the Welsh Government’s Transformation Capital Grants.

The Scheme aims to support local museums, archives and libraries to revitalise facilities with a particular focus on widening access, partnership working and developing sustainable services.

Five libraries will be modernised with the funding going towards new community facilities, and supporting the establishment of wider ‘hubs’ where people can access library services alongside a range of other amenities.   Treorchy Library will be redeveloped and will work in partnership with the Park & Dare Theatre to create a new cultural hub for Treorchy to create a more modern and flexible space which can hold a wide range of events and activities.

In Rhayader, the Rhayader Museum & Gallery will see an Installation of a new mezzanine floor in a volunteer run museum to improve the exhibition space within the museum and create new storage areas for the collections.

As part of the multi-million Pendine Tourism Attractor project, the Museum of Land Speed, is being completely rebuilt. The funding will support the fit out of a multi-function education room, and a new exhibition space which will allow temporary displays and loans from national collections when the new development opens.

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Maesteg

Awen Cultural Trust will get £46,833 for Maesteg Library and Town Hall fit out. The funding will be used to bring together the lending library and the local studies and family history resources into one space in a newly-developed library in Maesteg town centre.

New Tredegar

Caerphilly Council will get £50,000 for improvements to collections care and environmental monitoring at the Winding House Museum, which is located in the grade II* listed Elliot Winding House in New Tredegar.

Rhayader 

CARAD will get £140,589 for Rhayader Museum & Gallery. The funding will be used for the installation of a new mezzanine floor in the volunteer run museum to improve the exhibition space within the museum and create new storage areas for the collections.

Pendine

Carmarthenshire Council will receive £150,000 for the Museum of Land Speed. The funding is for part of the multi-million Pendine Tourism Attractor project, focusing on the Museum of Land Speed, which is being completely rebuilt. This will support the fit out of a multi-function education room, and a new exhibition space which will allow temporary displays and loans from national collections.

The new funding will go towards a new Museum of Land Speed in Pendine, Carmarthenshire (Image: Carmarthenshire Council)

Neath

Neath Port Talbot Council will get £250,000 for the relocation and redevelopment of Neath library to provide a modern and fit for purpose service, as part of a wider redevelopment of Neath town centre.

Pembroke

Pembrokeshire Council will get £250,000 for the relocation of Pembroke Library to a new facility, which will see derelict buildings transformed into a library, visitor centre, community space and café in a location close to Pembroke Castle.

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Treorchy 

Rhondda Cynon Taff Council will receive £128,400 for the redevelopment of Treorchy Library to create a more modern and flexible space which can hold a wide range of events and activities. The Library will work in partnership with the   Park & Dare Theatre to create a new cultural hub for Treorchy.

Rhiwbina 

Cardiff City Council receives £120,000 for the re-modelling and upgrade of Rhiwbina Library, transforming it into a new integrated Community Hub


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Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden, said: “The Welsh Government remains committed to supporting these important services – which will be so important in helping Wales to recover from the impact of the pandemic.   These projects will widen access for our communities, promoting cultural engagement, providing learning opportunities and supporting community cohesion and prosperity – which is needed now more than ever.”

Minister for Finance and Local Government Rebecca Evans, said: “Our museums, libraries and archives provide crucial services for both the community and visitors across Wales.

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“I am pleased to help fund the upgrades and improvements needed, and look forward to seeing the results as these vital projects progress.”


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Wales’ oldest museum flings open its doors

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Wales’ oldest museum has opened its doors to welcome back visitors for the first time in 14 months.

Staff at the award-winning Swansea Museum that’s home to some of the most precious historical artefacts in Wales are delighted to be able to welcome the public back to the venue. However, all visitors will now need to book their ticket in advance.

Re-opening highlights include never-shown before exhibits from the museum’s costume collection, the commemorative ‘Three Night Blitz’ exhibition and new exhibits from the natural history collection in the main gallery.

Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “It’s brilliant news that Swansea Museum will once again be re-opening  It’s historical doors to the public. It’s one of the most celebrated of our city’s cultural assets and over the last year or so people have been only able to enjoy it online.

“Now it’s able to re-open, visitors will get the chance to view exhibits from collections that have never been shown before such as the wedding dress of Emma Dillwyn Llewelyn that dates back to 1833.

“In addition, the ‘Three Night Blitz’ exhibition looks at how people reacted to the devastating experience that changed lives and the town forever, featuring artworks from local artists at the time and Dylan Thomas’ radio broadcast ‘Return Journey’, written by him in the aftermath of the bombing.”

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The museum will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to Sundays. Entry will be by free ticket only and which have to be booked in advance. Visitors will need to wear face-masks during their visit and respect social distancing in line with Welsh Government rules to keep people safe.

To find out more and to book your ticket go to: http://www.swanseamuseum.co.uk/visit-swansea-museum/book-your-free-visit

(All images: Swansea Council / Swansea Museum)


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