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National Waterfront Museum

What’s On July to October 2014

Alfred Janes, Dylan Thomas, 1934

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Join us! This season’s programme promises to keep you and the whole family entertained with a selection of films, historical talks and hands-on science as well as a series of events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Back by popular demand is Pirate Weekend (Sat 16 & Sun 17 Aug) complete with the chance to try out a 19th century replica rope making machine and

Roald Dahl Day (Sat 13 Sept) showcasing kooky crafts, storytelling and a quirky character trail. To mark the centenary of the birth of Swansea’s most-famous poet, Dylan Thomas, you can join us to celebrate his life and work by taking part in themed-events as well as see the special portrait painted by his friend Alfred Janes on loan from National Museum Cardiff (Sat 11 Oct to 1 Feb 2015).

Relax at the Waterfront Cafe

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Museum and become fascinated by over 300 years of Welsh industry innovation through our imaginative events and exhibitions programme.

Look out for the red poppy for all events and exhibitions which help to tell the story of the outbreak of the First World War on Wales.

Enjoy a FREE Welsh cake with any tea or filter coffee ordered. Complete this voucher to redeem.

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Visitor information Facilities • Gift shop

National Waterfront Museum Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3RD (029) 2057 3600 (charged at local rate).

Find us! Situated just a stone’s throw away from the stunning Swansea Bay coastline and just a five-minute walk from the city centre, the Museum is ideally placed in the Maritime Quarter – full of quaint, interesting and historic places to see and visit. Download the Swansea Marina Trail leaflet from www.museumwales.ac.uk to help you plan your day out.

By bus

the Museum is located on Oystermouth Road next to the LC. For satellite navigation, use SA1 3ST.

By rail Swansea is served by mainline services to London Paddington. There are also links with Carmarthen and west Wales and stations in mid Wales via the Heart of Wales line.

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• Cafe and children’s play area • Disabled access and parking • Wheelchairs available on request • Baby changing facilities • Changing Places toilet • Hearing loops available • Public lockers • Free access to WiFi • Pay and display car park (next to the LC on Oystermouth Road).

Group visits Perfectly located to offer you and your group a great day out. Pre-booked groups benefit from: • Free guided tour • 10% off in the cafe (£5pp min spend) • 10% off in the gift shop (£5pp min spend) • Complimentary refreshments for coach driver. Details correct at time of printing. Please check www.museumwales.ac.uk before making a special journey. Design gilladvertising.com

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Sat 12 & Sun 13 July 11am – 4.30pm

Dance Days

July Fri 4 July under 10.30am – 12.30pm 5’s

Little Mice Club: World Cup Sports

Drop in with your little ones to play, make, sing and meet Morys the Museum Mouse. With a different theme each month, enjoy arts and crafts as well as bilingual songs and story time. With Menter Iaith Abertawe, Twf, Mudiad Meithrin and the Urdd.

County Youth Dance Company © Phil Rees

Sat 5 July 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm

age 7+

World Cup Football Freestyling Join Welsh freestyler and world record holder Ash Randall as he entertains with a unique football freestyle display. Develop your own freestyle skills with Ash as he offers a master class teaching some of the techniques that have made him one of the best football freestyler entertainers in the world.

Sat 5 July 10.30am

Cuppa Cymraeg A tour of the galleries aimed at Welsh learners followed by a free cuppa. 4 National Waterfront Museum www.museumwales.ac.uk 0300 111 2 333 (local rate)

Sat 5 & Sun 6 July 10.30am

Dylan Thomas Return Journey Lighthouse Theatre present this promenade production inspired by the Dylan Thomas masterpiece. Starts: National Waterfront Museum Ends: Cwmdonkin Park. In partnership with the Dylan Thomas Centre and DT100. Tickets £9/£7 from Dylan Thomas Centre (01792) 463980. Sat 12 & Sun 13 July 11am – 4.30pm

Dance Days

The 2014 Dance Days programme will feature the delectable Kitsch n Sync, the delightful County Youth Dance Company and the downright gorgeous Stuck in the Mud, presented by GDance in partnership with Ballet Cymru and Tan Dance. Check out www.taliesinartscentre. co.uk/dancedays for more details. Sat 12 July 6pm – 7pm

Dylan Thomas’s Swansea Uplands: The Boy and the Young Dog

Booking required

Families

Join Professor M. Wynn Thomas and Dr. Kirsti Bohata who will address why growing up in early 20thcentury Swansea resulted in so many outstanding writers. This lecture is the finale to the Dylan Thomas Odyssey afternoon tour (available to book separately). Tickets £8/£7 from Literature Wales (029) 2047 2266. Sat 19 July 11am

A social Frankenstein in our midst? Prostitution in Victorian Swansea This talk by Dr Lesley Hulonce of Cardiff University explores the extent of prostitution in 19th century Swansea. Organized by the Historical Association. Sat 19 July – Sun 31 August 10am – 4pm

Ratty’s Code-Buster Trail Crack the First World War code by locating the pesky rodents who have hidden the clues around the galleries.

Adults

Talk

Sat 19 – Wed 23 July 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Secret Codes & Messages

Take part in the activity stations to make ciphers and invisible ink. Sun 20 July 2pm

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn 3D (2011) Thurs 24 – Sat 26 July 11.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm

Wartime Horrible History stories

Meet the time travelling soldier to hear tales from the terrible trenches then get hands on with wartime artefacts. Thurs 31 July – Sun 3 Aug 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Spy School

Discover secrets of espionage including making a fun disguise and fake documents.

Hands on. All events are free unless this symbol is shown

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August Sat 2 Aug 10.30am

Cuppa Cymraeg A tour of the galleries aimed at Welsh learners followed by a free cuppa.

Sat 9 Aug 1.30pm

Sat 9 – Sun 17 Aug 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Rope Machine

Lazy Crafternoons: Mirrors

Have a go on a 19th-century replica rope-making machine that twists long threads into a perfect twine.

Sat 2 Aug 1.30pm

Shabby Chic for Teens: Flip Flops

Sat 9 & 10 Aug 1pm & 3pm

Street Science: Periscopes

Starting with some blank flip flops, bling them up with fabric flowers, gems, junk jewellery and ribbons to create a bespoke pair and hit the beach this summer in style. All materials supplied and all abilities welcome. This workshop is suitable for teenagers. £2.50pp Sat 2 & Sun 3 Aug 10.30am

Dylan Thomas Return Journey See page 5 for details. Thurs 7 – Sat 9 Aug 11.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm

Wartime Horrible History stories

Upcycle a mirror to add fresh light into your home choosing from techniques such as decoupage, frost spray or paint, then rummage through baskets of beads, buttons or silk flowers to embellish. £5pp age 7-12

Spy on your enemies like they did in the First World War by making a nifty periscope that lets you see above walls and around corners using mirrors to bend light.

Sat 9 Aug 11am

age 7+

Thrifty Kids: Summer Sun Catchers, Spinners & Chimes Make your own spinner, CD sun catcher or hanging wind chime using CDs, beads, buttons and shells. £2.50 per child.

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Sat 16 Aug 11am

Sun 10 Aug 2.30pm

The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists 3D (U 2012) Sat 16 & Sun 17 Aug 11am – 4 pm

Pirate weekend

Bank Holiday Special

Cricket in the First World War A talk by Dr Simon John of Oxford University and organized by the Historical Association. Bank Holiday Special

We are going pirate crazy with a weekend full of swashbuckling storytelling, cutthroat crafts, knotty hands-on fun and real parrots. So haul up your main sail and set course to the Waterfront!

Holiday Handmade & Vintage Market Explore handmade vintageinspired items with fashion and accessories from the 1930s to 80s. With Smock Vintage. Bank Holiday Special

Sat 23 – Mon 25 Aug 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Penydarren Steam Loco Come and see our working replica of the world’s first steam locomotive as we fire her up and drive her down the track. Weather dependent.

Booking required

Families

Vintage Afternoon Tea Treat yourself or someone you love to a delicious vintage afternoon tea. Enjoy homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches with freshly brewed Welsh tea, coffee or a glass of bubbly while you relax and overlook the marina. Tickets £10pp available from the Museum Gift Shop or call (029) 2057 3600. Sun 24 Aug 2.30pm

Sat 23 Aug 10am – 4pm

Sat 16 Aug 12pm – 3.30pm

Sat 23 Aug 1pm & 3pm

Compact Matchbox Caravans

Carry on Camping (PG 1969) Mon 25 Aug 2.30pm

The Lego Movie 3D (2014) Sat 30 & Sun 31 Aug 11am – 4pm

Model Rail Weekend Featuring model railway layouts, stalls and hands on activities for children.

Drop in to transform a simple match box into a retroinspired caravan complete with button wheels.

Adults

Talk

Hands on. All events are free unless this symbol is shown

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September Fri 5 Sept 10.30am – 12.30pm

Little Mice Club: On the Road

under 5’s

Drop in with your little ones to play, make, sing and meet Morys the Museum Mouse. With a different theme each month, enjoy arts and crafts as well as bilingual songs and story time. With Menter Iaith Abertawe, Twf, Mudiad Meithrin and the Urdd.

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Sat 6 Sept 10.30am

Sat 13 Sept 11.30 – 4pm

A tour of the galleries aimed at Welsh learners followed by a free cuppa.

Make a date for mischief and mayhem as we celebrate story teller extraordinaire Roald Dahl for a gloriumptious day of storytelling, kooky arts and crafts and a quirky character trail.

Cuppa Cymraeg

Sat 6 & Sun 7 Sept 10.30am

Dylan Thomas Return Journey

Roald Dahl Day

See page 5 for details.

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Sat 13 Sept 12.30pm – 3.30pm

age 7-12

Street Science: Roald Dahl

Tues 23 Sept 10.30am – 11.30am

NEW

Explore Books

See Tues 16 Sept for details. Watch in whizzpopping wonder at some Roald Dahl inspired splendiferous science demonstrations. Sun 14 Sept 2.30pm

The BFG (U 1989)

Tues 16 Sept 10.30am – 11.30am

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Explore Books

Different from a regular book club as there is no need to have to read the book in advance, so drop in to explore authors and books both old and new. This season’s theme is Welsh authors and books set in Wales. Sat 20 Sept 11am

Presidential Lecture A talk by the Historical Association’s Swansea branch president, Professor Ralph Griffiths.

Booking required

Families

Fri 26 Sept 7pm – 10pm

Dandiya Dancing The Dussehra Hindu festival signifies the triumph of good over evil and is celebrated with great festivity and a circle stick dance. Come along and join in the festivities with Indian Kathak Dance professional, Sarita Sood. £2 adults / £1 children

Sat 27 – Sun 28 Sept 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Propaganda Posters Using our impressive Victorian printing press, print your own First World War inspired recruitment poster. Sun 28 Sept 2pm

Object on Focus: Stanhope Printing Press Join our Head of Museum, Steph Mastoris for a special introduction to a magnificent early 19th-century Stanhope Press. Celebrating Cadw’s Open Doors 2014.

Fri 26 Sept 7pm

Museum Quiz Night Gather your friends and colleagues and get competitive with rounds of music, mystery objects, photos and general knowledge (with prizes). Ticket includes a free glass of wine and table nibbles. Pay bar available – teams of six maximum. Tickets £3.50pp available from Museum Gift Shop or contact (029) 2057 3600.

Adults

All events are free unless this symbol is shown

Talk

Tues 30 Sept 10.30am-11.30am

Explore Books

See Tues 16 Sept for details.

Hands on.

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October Fri 3 Oct under 10.30am – 12.30pm 5’s

Little Mice Club: Autumn

Drop in with your little ones to play, make, sing and meet Morys the Museum Mouse. With a different theme each month, enjoy arts and crafts as well as bilingual songs and story time. With Menter Iaith Abertawe, Twf, Mudiad Meithrin and the Urdd. Sat 4 Oct 10.30am

Cuppa Cymraeg A tour of the galleries aimed at Welsh learners followed by a free cuppa.

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Sat 25 Oct, 1pm & 2.30pm

Siren Sisters

Sat 4 & Sun 5 Oct 11am – 4pm

Book Swap

Offload your unwanted books and find a different collection in exchange. Includes a children’s holiday section. All books should be in good, readable condition and a book for a book token system will be in place. CDs and vinyl can also be swapped. With Oxfam Swansea. Sat 4 & Sun 5 Oct 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Sat 4 Oct 11am – 12.30pm

age 16+

Dylan Thomas Poetry Workshop Develop your poetry writing skills in this creative writing workshop inspired by Dylan Thomas. This session is ideal for new and aspiring writers. Led by Swansea poet and Dylan-scholar Peter Thabit Jones. Those taking part will have the opportunity to feature in The Seventh Quarry Poetry Magazine. Sat 4 Oct 2.30pm

Dylan Thomas Poetry & Prose Join renowned poet and Dylan Thomas expert Peter Thabit Jones for a fascinating insight into the meaning and background behind some of Dylan’s most famous prose. Sat 4 Oct 3pm

Dylan Thomas Print a Quote

Dylan Thomas Jazz Suite: Twelve Poems

Taking inspiration from the 12 Dylan Thomas quotes displayed around the Museum, print your own quote to take home on a Victorian printing press.

Join us for a splendid afternoon with the Jen Wilson Jazz ensemble to celebrate the Dylan Thomas centenary. With Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts.

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Sun 5 Oct 2.30pm

Sat 11 Oct 1.30pm

Under Milk Wood (1992) Tues 7 Oct 10.30am –11.30am

Lazy Crafternoons: Tealights

NEW

See Tues 16 Sept for details.

Decorate a tea light holder by upcycling glasses and jam jars with vintage buttons, ribbons, beads, lace, glass paint and frosting spray. £5pp.

Thurs 9 Oct 7pm

A special evening with live and recorded performances of the words of Dylan Thomas in ways you will not have heard before. An illustrated lecture by conductor Edward-Rhys Harry. With Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts. Free tickets, tel 01792 475715.

Stalin, Hitler and Mr Jones

Local History Live!

Sat 11 Oct 1pm & 3pm

Families

Sat 18 Oct 11am

Sat 18 Oct 11am – 4pm

age 7+

Decorate a jam jar to make a nightlight for your bedroom using tissue paper, doilies, buttons, ribbons, gems and a battery powered candle. £2.50 per child.

Booking required

NEW

Join us for a special screening of the award-winning film documenting the tragic short life and mysterious death of Gareth Jones, an investigative journalist for the Western Mail. This will be followed by a talk by Arnold Rosen about his life. Organized by the Historical Association.

Dylan Thomas: His Words in Music

Thrifty Kids: Night Lights

Explore Books

See Tues 16 Sept for details.

Explore Books

Sat 11 Oct 11am

Tues 14 Oct 10.30am –11.30am

Street Science: Morse Code

age 7-12

A full day of expertise and information to help you find out more about local and family history.

Learn to send a Morse Code message like they did in the First World War, which only you and your friends will understand.

Adults

Talk

Hands on. All events are free unless this symbol is shown

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October Sat 18 Oct 12pm – 3.30pm

Big Draw: Fun Family Trees Add your mark to our huge tree mural using the giant Museum windows as a canvas, then make your own family tree collage to take home. Sat 18 Oct 2pm

60 Second Show & Tell Watch our curators squirm as they try to explain an object without hesitation, repetition or deviation in just 60 seconds. You can also bring along your own favourite object to take part in the challenge. Tues 21 Oct 10.30am – 11.30am

NEW

Explore Books

See Tues 16 Sept for details.

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Sat 25 Oct 12pm – 3.30pm

Land Girl Headscarves Inspired by the Siren Sisters, drop in to make your own land girl headscarf, then why not join the girls for a slick of red lipstick and pose for a photo. Half Term Highlight

Sat 25 Oct 1pm & 2.30pm

Siren Sisters Join us for a Saturday with swing as this blonde, brunette and red head vintage vocal trio perform nostalgic songs from the First World War era. Dressed in land army and munitionette costumes, they will share a short history of each song and the roles of women in the war effort. Half Term Highlight

Sun 26 Oct 2.30pm

The Witches (PG 1990)

Half Term Highlight

Mon 27 Oct – Sun 2 Nov 12.30pm – 3.30pm

3 Cool Things to Make with a Straw Join the activity table to make innovative crafts out of straws including a zappy zoomer and a floating ball game. Half Term Highlight

Fri 31 Oct 11am – 4pm

Halloween Spooky Funday Special It is not just at night that mysterious things can happen at the Museum! Hear ghostly tales, meet some unusual characters, learn about the science of spells and create some creepy crafts. Fri 31 Oct 1pm & 3pm

The Science of Harry Potter Show The mind-boggling science of Pottermania, with demos and details of the phenomena behind the fiction. Delivered by Professor (of the dark arts) Mark Brake and CBBC’s Jon Chase.

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Until Sun 28 Sept

Are we there yet? Family Holidays in a Caravan

Exhibitions

Daily 10am to 5pm

Relive holiday memories inspired by our 1950s caravan, built in Cardiff and used by the same family for 60 years.

Until Sun 24 Aug

Sat 12 July - March 2015

Sat 12 July – Sun 2 Nov

Fab at 40: The Development of Industrial Museums

Dylan’s Words: A Waterfront Literary Trail

A travelling exhibition originally commissioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the National Slate Museum in Llanberis. The display explores how industrial museums have become a feature of our heritage with the demise of heavy industry in Wales.

In celebration of the centenary anniversary of the birth of Swansea’s most famous poet, we will be complementing our permanent displays with quotations from the works of Dylan Thomas selected by poet and Dylan-scholar Peter Thabit Jones.

Harmony The Dylan Thomas International Glass Award

Thank you Booking required

Make a donation Entry to the Museum is free. All money given through our donation box goes towards supporting this. Any gift, large or small, really will make a difference.

Families

Adults

Talk

Architectural and stained glass artists from across the world have created new works inspired by the word ‘harmony.’ From the selection of works shown in the Museum, a winner will be selected for the Dylan Thomas International Glass Award. Curated by Swansea School of Glass, University of Wales Trinity St David’s and supported by the British Society of Master Glass Painters.

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Exhibitions

Sat 11 Oct – Sun 15 March 2015

Working for Victory: Welsh Industry and the First World War The tens of thousands of Welshmen who went to fight in Europe during the 1914-18 war were supported by many thousands more who worked in essential industries, often joined by women for the first time in the workplace. This exhibition looks at what they produced, how it contributed to the war effort and the impact of the war on Welsh industry.

Sat 11 Oct – 1 Feb 2015

Dylan Thomas by Alfred Janes

A special chance to see a portrait of Dylan Thomas painted by his friend Alfred Janes. On loan from National Museum Cardiff.

‘Mo(u)rning over Cwmdonkin’ (Detail) © Ceri Thomas

Sat 11 Oct – 30 Nov 2014

Placing Dylan

Alfred Janes, Dylan Thomas, 1934 © Artist's Estate 

In 1934, Dylan Thomas left 5 Cwmdonkin Drive to live in London. Sixty years later, London-born Ceri Thomas lived in the poet’s Swansea home and began producing artworks inspired by Dylan’s place, writing and name.

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