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St Fagans: National History Museum

What’s On Spring Guide March-June 2013

Exhibitions Family Fun Tours & Talks www.museumwales.ac.uk 0300 111 2333


March St David’s Day Fri 1 March, 10am-3pm Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the harp, a complimentary Welshcake or warm up with a bowl of cawl in our restaurant.

World Book Day Fri 1 March, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm Pop in to some of our beautiful buildings to hear stories from their original locations as we celebrate World Book Day.

Grow Now, Eat Later Sat 2 March, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm Pick up tips and seedlings to help grow your own vegetables for the summer. Suitable for families.

Tyˆ Gwyrdd Open Day Sat 2-Sun 3 March, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm Explore our unique eco-friendly house.

Behind the Scenes: Women in our Archives Wed 6 March, 2-3pm (English), 3-4pm (Welsh) To celebrate International Women’s Day, discover how we have recorded and documented the lives of women in Wales. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424.

Ask the Gardener: Pruning and Training Figs Thurs 7 March, 2-3pm Find out how on our Fig Border on the Terraces.

Wedding Fayre Sun 3 March, 11am-4pm Planning your dream wedding? Look no further than St Fagans Castle, set in beautiful grounds and gardens. Meet our hand-picked exhibitors, have a tour of a truly unique venue and pick up your complimentary goody bag. Free admission.

Quilt Club Sat 2 March, 11am-12.30pm Bring your own projects along or start something brand new at the Quilting Club!

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For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call 0300 111 2333


Behind the Scenes: Votes for Women

Mother’s Day: Make, Bake & Take

Talk: Bryn Eryr – How to Build a Roundhouse

Fri 8 March, 11-11.30am (English), 2-2.30pm (Welsh) View objects relating to the women’s suffrage movement in Wales in celebration of International Women’s Day. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424.

Sun 10 March, 11am, 1pm & 3pm Hands-on cook-along with Sian Roberts. A contemporary look at traditional Welsh recipes including Welshcakes. Utensils and ingredients provided. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424. Pay on arrival: adults £10, children £6. Children 8-13 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Sat 16-Sun 17 March, 11am-12pm (English), 2-3pm (Welsh) Does Iron Age technology have a place in the modern world?

Craftivisits Sat 9 March, 11am-1pm Stitch and chat about the women who inspire us today to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Spring Food in the Iron Age Sat 9 March, 11am-1pm, 2-4pm Find out what’s bubbling in the cauldron and learn about tasty secret ingredients from the Iron Age.

Retro Sex-ed Sat 9 March, 2-3pm To celebrate International Women's Day we'll be asking the question: "how did they do it?" We look at women's attitudes to sex and reproductive health through the ages. Suitable for age 14+

Ask the Gardener: Pruning Hybrid Tea Roses Mon 11 March, 2-3pm Come to the Rosery to find out how.

Ask the Gardener: Pruning and Training Figs

St Fagans Book Club Sat 16 March, 11am-1pm The Rebecca Rioter by Amy Dilwyn. Join our first ever book club followed by a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the surroundings of the novel at the Tollhouse with Curator Sioned Hughes. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424.

Meet The Woodcarvers Sat 16 March, 10am-5pm Meet the friendly woodcarvers demonstrating their craft.

Thurs 14 March, 2-3pm Find out how on our Fig Border on the Terraces.

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Children’s Storytelling Sun 17 March, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm Hear some weird and wonderful stories from across Wales in our beautiful buildings. Part of the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival.

Behind the Scenes: The Tailor’s Shop Thurs 21 March, 11am-12pm & 2-3pm The Textile Conservator and Curator explain the Tailor’s Shop and its contents just before it re-opens for the season. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424. Max 10 people.

Tyˆ Gwyrdd Open Day Sat 23 March-Sun 7 April, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm Explore our unique eco-friendly house.

Tudor Tour for Families

St Fagans Easter Hunt

Mon 25-Thurs 28 March, 11am & 1pm Touch, smell and explore the world of the Tudors in this relaxed walk around the Museum - the perfect antidote to Tudor homework!

Fri 29 March-Mon 1 April, 11am-3pm Follow the clues around the site that lead you back to your eggsiting prize. £1 per child.

Make, Bake & Take: Cookery Workshop Tues 26 March, 11am, 1pm & 3pm See 10 March for details

Up-Cycling Workshop for Families Wed 27-Thurs 28 March, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm Work with old photo frames and cork tiles to make cork notice boards to take home.

Ask the Gardener: Tying in Vine Shoots Thurs 28 March, 2-3pm Find out what you should be doing at this time of year at the Castle Gardens Vinery.

At Home with the Tudors Fri 29 March-Mon 1 April, 10am-5pm See how our 16th century ancestors lived at Hendre’rywydd Longhouse.

Come and Crochet Sat 30 March, 11am-12.30pm Bring your own crochet project or start something new. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424.

Ask the Gardener: Planting Heritage Potatoes Sat 30-Sun 31 March, 2-3pm See heritage potatoes being planted at Rhyd-y-car Cottages.

Grow Now, Eat Later Mon 25-Tues 26 March, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm See 2 March for details.

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For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call 0300 111 2333


April Are you an April Fool? Mon 1 April, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm At the Tyˆ Gwyrdd eco-home, find out if you’re an eco-fool or eco-cool.

Grow Now, Eat Later Tues 2-Thurs 4 April, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm See 2 March for details.

Make, Bake & Take: Cookery Workshop Wed 3 April, 11am, 1pm & 3pm See 10 March for details.

Rag Rug Making Sat 6 April, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm Help Jane Dorset make a rag rug for one of our buildings. Age 8+

Guided Tour: St Teilo’s Church Sat 6-Sun 7 April, 11am, 12pm & 2pm (English), 3pm (Welsh) Interpreter Sara Huws explains the colourful murals and fine carvings.

Talk: Bryn Eryr – How to Build a Roundhouse Sat 13 April, 11am-12pm & 2-3pm Does Iron Age technology have a place in the modern world?

Ask the Gardener: Planting Heritage Potatoes Sat 13 April, 2-3pm At St Fagans, we grow several old varieties of potato which are no longer available to the public. See them being planted at Kennixton Garden.

Life in the Iron Age Sat 6 April, 12-1pm (Welsh), 2-3pm (English) Our resident Celt looks at everyday life in the Iron Age.

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Knit & Sew Group Sat 13 April, 11am-1pm Bring along your own craft project, meet new people and exchange ideas.

Ask the Gardener: Sowing Heritage Seeds Sun 14 April, 2-3pm In Kennixton Garden, we grow several varieties of heritage seed which are no longer available commercially. Find out what you can sow now.

Behind the Scenes: Bread & Baking Thurs 18 April, 2-3pm (English), 3-4pm (Welsh) Domestic Life Curator, Mared McAleavey, introduces the collections ahead of National Bread Week. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424.

St Fagans Book Club Sat 20 April, 11am-1pm The Night Watch by Welsh author Sarah Waters. A session at Oakdale Workingman’s Institute to discuss a story of Second World War London.

The Ferguson Club Sat 20 April, 10am-5pm Members of the Ferguson Club talk about the engineering feats of Harry Ferguson in aviation, agriculture and motor vehicles.

Purse Strings & Points Sat 20-Sun 21 April, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm Visit the Haverfordwest Merchant's House to find our Tudor braid-makers working on items to be traded near and far.

Glamorgan Iron Horse: Vintage Farm Machinery Sat 20-Sun 21 April, 10am-5pm Members of the society show their impressive display of vintage farm machinery.

National Bread Week Sun 21 April, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm See how bread is made from milling the grain to baking the dough.

Meet the Woodcarvers Sat 27 April, 10am-5pm Meet the friendly woodcarvers demonstrating their craft.

Rag Rug Making Sat 20 April, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm Help Jane Dorset make a rag rug for one of our buildings. Age 8+

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For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call 0300 111 2333


May Beltain: What’s it all about?

Talk: Bryn Eryr – How to Build a Roundhouse

Wed 1 May, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm Find out more about the spring festival of Beltain, its myths and stories.

Sat 4 May, 11am-12pm (Welsh), 2-3pm (English) Does Iron Age technology have a place in the modern world?

Musical Performance: American Songbook Mon 6 May, 2-4pm Dan and Laura Curtis perform popular songs from the states.

Welsh History Forum Sat 4-Mon 6 May Exhibition and informal talks by Welsh history groups.

Bank Holiday Fun Sat 4-Mon 6 May, 10am-5pm Lots of activities to do around the site.

Art Cart Sat 4-Mon 6 May, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm Fun filled family arts and crafts session.

Raising the Maypole Sat 4 May, 2.30pm An annual burst of colour and music whilst raising the Maypole. Additional dancing at 1.30pm & 4pm.

Behind the Scenes: Fishing Collection Thurs 16 May, 2-3pm (English), 3-4pm (Welsh) See what’s in the fishing collection with Curator Dylan Jones. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424 7


La Columna: Wales and the Spanish Civil War Sat 25-Mon 27 May, 10am-5pm Activities and re-enactment including recruitment and trench building.

Adult Learners Week: Basketry for Beginners Sat 18 May, 10am-4pm Learn the basics of basket weaving using a variety of strokes and different coloured willow to make a basket to take home. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424.

Morris Minor Mania

St Fagans Book Club Sat 25 May, 11am-1pm For Whom the Bell Tolls is regarded as one of Hemingway's best works. Set in the Spanish Civil War and inspired by Hemingway's own experiences, it tells the story of a young American who has gone to fight alongside Spanish soldiers. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424.

There’s Something Useful in the Woodland Sat 25-Sun 26 May, 11am-12pm & 2-3pm Find out how people in the Iron Age used plants to make food, clothing, medicines and beer.

Art Cart Sat 25 May-Sun 2 June, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm Family fun at this arts and craft session.

Sun 19 May, 10am-5pm

Whether you're a Morris Minor fanatic or simply visiting the museum, come and enjoy the array of vehicles on site.

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For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call 0300 111 2333


June Tudor Sports Sat 1-Sun 2 June, 11am & 3pm (Welsh), 12pm & 2pm (English) Visit the cockpit to hear about the sports of the Tudors, including Welsh wrestling, cnapan and cockfighting.

Behind the Scenes: Traditional Sports Thurs 6 June, 11am-12pm (English), 1.30-2.30pm (Welsh) Join Curator Emma Lile for a look at Welsh sports through the ages. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424.

What’s Next for Bryn Eryr? Sat 8 June, 11am-12pm (Welsh), 2-4pm (English) A display and talk about our exciting new plans for the Celtic Village.

Gw ˆ yl Plant Morgannwg

Ask the Gardener: How to Bud Roses

Sat 8 June, 10am-12pm A fantastic opportunity to see Glamorgan children folk dancing on site.

Mon 10 June, 2-3pm Advice in the Flower House on propagation by budding.

Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Collecting Sat 8 June, 2-3pm (English), 3-4pm (Welsh) What 21st Century objects do you think museums should collect? What will future generations want to know about us? Share ideas with Curator Owain Rhys. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424.

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World Knit in Public Day

Meet the Woodcarvers

Sat 15 June, 11am-1pm Knit with us to celebrate this national campaign.

Sat 22 June, 10am-5pm Meet the friendly woodcarvers demonstrating their craft.

Summer Food in the Iron Age Sat 15-Sun 16 June, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm Find out what’s bubbling in the cauldron and learn some tasty secret ingredients from the Iron Age.

Wales Biodiversity Week: Bat Count Wed 12 June, 8.30pm-11pm Help us survey the number of bats living at St Fagans. No experience necessary, just bring a torch, warm clothing and sensible shoes. Not suitable for children under 14 and all children and must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424.

Father’s Day Fun

Life in the Iron Age Sat 22 June, 11am-12pm (Welsh), 2-3pm (English) Our resident Celt looks at everyday life in the Iron Age.

Sun 16 June, 11am-3pm Bring Dad along for a funpacked day of tractor driving, falconry and archery.

Ask the Gardener: How to Deadhead Dahlias

St Fagans Book Club

Thurs 27 June, 2-3pm Great tips from the Dahlia border.

Sat 22 June, 11am-1pm The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen - a semiautobiographical novel recounting the life of a young man and his dreamy childhood in rural Wales. Booking essential: (029) 2057 3424.

South Wales Lace Makers Sat 29 June, 10am-5pm Bobbin lace makers demonstrate their craft.

Find out more about all of these events and sign up for our e-newsletter at www.museumwales.ac.uk Open: Daily 10am-5pm. How to find us: Follow the brown signs for Museum of Welsh Life. Located approx 4 miles west of Cardiff City Centre. From Cardiff Central bus and train station, take bus 32 or 320. For Sat Nav enter CF5 6XB. Details correct at time of printing. Please check www.museumwales.ac.uk before making a special journey.

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For more details on all events visit www.museumwales.ac.uk or call 0300 111 2333


St Fagans: National History Museum - What's On Spring Guide 2013