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National Waterfront Museum

What’s On Spring Guide March-June 2013

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It’s spring time! The National Waterfront Museum is springing into action with its new events programme packed with exciting activities, films, talks and exhibitions for everyone to enjoy.

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Take part in the Easter holiday festivities and meet the Mad Hatter for a day of family fun inspired by Alice in Wonderland (Fri 29 March). Or gather advice from TV’s James Wong, a trained botanist who’ll be wowing crowds with a fascinating talk about all things botanical (Sun 7 April). You can experience an extravaganza of nostalgia and on-trend items at Merry May’s Handmade Emporium (Sat 4 May) or Make Tool Box with Dad for Father’s Day (Sat 15 & Sun 16 June). Rugby celebrations, walking tours around the city, historical talks, popular films plus lots of favorite hands-on crafts will make this spring one to remember!

All you need is access to a Smartphone, iPod touch or tablet device plus an active twitter account. Be prepared to navigate your way around the galleries to solve the clues. See reception on arrival for details.

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Japanese Style: Sustainable Design Until Sun 10 March An exhibition showing how Japanese artists and design communities make a valuable contribution to sustainable development by focusing on the relationship between the traditional and the innovative. A Ruthin Craft Centre Exhibition in partnership with the Mission Gallery

Animeiddio Cymru - Wales Animation Until Sun 17 March Join characters from nearly 90 years of Welsh animation to discover the techniques used to make still images come to life. This hands-on exhibition is a partner to an exhibition at National Museum Cardiff and online at

Photo: Josef Herman Art Foundation Cymru

Babs: The Fastest Car on Earth Sat 23 March-Sun 19 May From 1926 until 1927 J.G.Parry Thomas held the world land speed record in his car Babs. Tragically he died at Pendine, Carmarthenshire in 1927 trying to regain the record. See remains of the car and the working replica built by Owen Wyn Owen in the 1970s.

Llafur: Drawing, Prints & Paintings by Josef Herman Sat 13 April – Sun 22 September A celebration of Welsh working people through the art of the Polish refugee who settled in Ystradgynlais during the Second World War. A touring exhibition from the Josef Herman Art Foundation.

Degree Shows Sat 25 May-Fri 14 June Swansea Metropolitan University return to showcase the best work by new graduates in Product design, Automotive Design and Architectural Glass.


March St David’s Fun Time for Tots Fri 1 March 10.30am-12.30pm Enjoy a morning of welsh activities, songs and stories.

Only Boys Aloud

Talking Rugby Wales New s Service with Steve Fenwick Sun 3 March, 2.30pm Join Steve Fenwick as he reflects on a great career in rugby when Wales were simply the best.

Make a Difference Day Sat 9 March, 11am – 4pm To celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight, browse stalls, print a bookmark and take home a photo momento. In partnership with Oxfam Cymru.

Sat 2 Mar, 1pm & 2.30pm Celebrate St David’s day with these awarding-winning boys who just love to sing. With a specially formed section of the choir from the Neath, Maesteg and Cross Hands groups, they will perform a rousing selection of songs sure to lift the roof!

Cuppa Cymraeg

Rugby Skills

Age 7+

Make & Mend: Oilcloth Crafts Sat 2 March, 1.30pm Celebrate the modern resurgence in oilcloth by making a purse or iPad cover. £5pp.



Sun 3 March 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3.45pm

Sat 9 March 12.30pm & 2.30pm

Join WRU professionals for an opportunity to hone your rugby skills as they offer the latest coaching methods and techniques.

Discover the secrets and science of being a spy and write a hidden message to your BFF that only you can read.

(1pm and 2pm suitable for age 3-6 years) Subject to weather conditions.

Sat 2 March, 10.30am A tour of the galleries aimed at Welsh learners followed by a free cuppa.

Street Science: Invisible Ink Age

Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir Sun 3 March 2pm & 3.30pm Listen to rousing performances from one of Wales’s favourite rugby choirs.

Mother’s Day Pampering Potions

Age 7+

Sat 9 & Sun 10 March 11am, 1pm & 3pm Throughout history, women have enjoyed using cosmetics and luxurious toiletries. Discover more, and make a scented salt scrub and a herbal bath sachet.

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Age 7+

Mother’s Day Movie

Stop Frame: Claymation

Mamma Mia (PG, 2008)

Sat 16 & Sun 17 March 11.30am & 2.30pm

Sun 10 March, 2.30pm

BLOODHOUND SSC Thurs 14 March, 6pm Experience an engineering adventure about the history behind the ultimate racing car designed to go at 1,000mph. A lecture by Swansea University's College of Engineering. To book visit: www.itwalesbcsbloodhound

Create and animate your own clay cartoon character using the same method as Wallace and Gromit.

Science Show

Waterfront Nippers: Mad Hatters Tea Party Fri 22 March 10.30-12.30 & 1.30-3.30pm Drop in learn and play for under fives in an inspiring galley setting.

Disability History Roadshow

Sun 17 March, 2pm

Sat 23 March, 10am-4pm

Join Swansea University’s Dr Peter Douglas and Dr Mike Garley in this exciting show as they demonstrate how chemistry and light can interact with everyday life.

Find out how our fathers and grandfathers working in the bowels of the earth faced danger, disease and death in the course of their daily lives and paid the heavy price of coal.

Generals in the Middle Ages

Wedding Fayre

Sat 16 March, 11am

Browse quality exhibitors and take a tour of a truly unique venue. Free entry and complimentary goody bags - in partnership with Eternity with Love.

Sun 24 March 11am – 4pm

William the Conqueror, Richard the Lionheart, Henry V - we are familiar with the great generals, but what really made them great? Organized by the Historical Association.


Free Talk

Families Adults Booking required



Mad Hatter Eggstravaganza Fri 29 March, 12pm – 4pm Meet the Mad Hatter and March Hare for a day of family fun inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Featuring quirky activities and a back to front looking glass trail.

Letterpress Print a Postcard! Sat 30 March to Fri 5 April & Mon 8 to Sun 14 April 12pm - 3pm Print a one-off postcard using an 1812 Stanhope printing press to send to someone special. (one postcard per visitor).

Pop up Cardboard Eggs! Sat 30 & Sun 31 March 12.30pm & 2.30pm Construct a 3D pop up Easter egg to take home.

Age 7+

Looking Glass Trail Sat 30 March-Mon 1 April 11am-4pm Arouse your curiosities as you take on this baffling Easter trail and use the magic mirror to uncover the clues.

Easter Day Movie Alice in Wonderland (PG, 2010) Sun 31 March, 2.30pm

April Easter Monday Movie Singin’ in the Rain

Make & Mend: Leather Flowers

(U, 1952)

Transform unwanted leather jackets and create accessories such as beautiful cuffs, flower corsages or necklaces.

Mon 1 April, 2pm

Cuppa Cymraeg Sat 6 April, 10.30am A tour of the galleries aimed at Welsh learners followed by a free cuppa.


Sat 6 April, 1.30pm


Street Science: Plants and Flower Power! Age Sat 6 & Sun 7 April 12pm-2.30pm


See amazing wild food and medicinal plants specimens from Amgueddfa Cymru’s Herbarium collections and join the botany curators to find out why seaweed is special and how willow bark can save lives.

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Plant Hammering!

Horrible History Stories

Sat 6 & Sun 7 April, 12pm-2pm

Sat 13 & Sun 14 April 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm

Try out this centuries-old method of gaining prints from nature by gently hammering real flowers onto cloth to release their natural pigments and reveal their beautiful imprint.

Hear the amazing true story of Babs, a land speed record car.

Sow and Grow Sunday

Sun 14 April, 2.30pm

Sun 7 April, 11.30am-4pm Gather advice from the National Botanic Gardens, wonder at plant specimens, swap saved seeds, buy a gardening book or rummage for garden tools.

Museum Monthly Movies Cars (PG, 2006)

Welsh Effigies and Monuments

Book Swap Sat 20 & Sun 21 April 11am-4pm Offload your unwanted books and find a different collection in exchange. All books should be in readable condition and a book for a book token system will be in place. CDs and vinyl can also be swapped. In partnership with Oxfam.

Waterfront Nippers: In the Garden

Sat 20 April, 11am

Fri 26 April 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm

A talk by Dr Rhianydd Biebrach about medieval Welsh monuments.

Drop in learn and play for under fives in an inspiring gallery setting.

Organized by the Historical Association.

All infants must be accompanied by a carer.

James Wong – Homegrown Revolution! Sun 7 April, 2.30pm Join Kew-trained botanist, BBC scie nce TV presenter and obsessive foodie grower James Wong for a fascinating talk about all things botanical. You’ll also have the chance to buy James’s book – Homegrown Revolution from the Museum’s shop and have it signed by James himself from 3.30pm onwards.

Free Talk

Families Adults Hands-on Booking required Easter Specials


May Bank Holiday Hunt the Clog Trail Sat 4-Mon 6 May 11am-4pm Hunt for Welsh clogs hidden around the Museum – can you find them all and solve the riddle?

Cuppa Cymraeg Sat 4 May, 10.30am A tour of the galleries aimed at Welsh learners followed by a free cuppa.

Merry May's Vintage & Handmade Emporium Sat 4 May, 10am-4pm An extravaganza of nostalgia with fashion and accessories from the 1930s to the 1980s, together with handmade vintage inspired items by talented local folk. Music and dance from the 1940s courtesy of the fabulous Kitsch n Sync Collective will also feature.

Calan Mai Make & Mend: Storage boxes and hangers Sat 4 May, 1.30pm Using vintage wallpaper and fabric, transform old boxes into top of the wardrobe treasures and make padded wooden coat hangers to display your favourite dresses. £5pp


Sun 5 May, 1pm-4pm Enjoy an afternoon of live music with performers from across Wales – you will also have the chance to have a go at some clog dancing! In partnership with Trac Cymru.

Bank Holiday Movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (U, 1968) Mon 6 May, 2pm An eccentric professor who invents wacky machinery finally finds success with a revolutionary flying car, but a dictator from a foreign government sets out to take it for himself and resorts to skulduggery to get his hands on it.

Street Science: Space Rap Age Sat 11 May 12.30pm & 2.30pm


Join Science Rapper Jon Chase as he delves into the Earth's relationship with space. Jon introduces each idea using his signature science raps to give an extra twist to the experience of learning.

Museum Monthly Movies Genevieve (U, 1953) Sun 12 May, 2.30pm Two young couples driving in the London to Brighton vintage car rally bet on which of them will be the first to arrive back home. At first treating the race as a lark, the two couples become increasingly competitive as they near the finishing line.

Science Show: Bloodhound Supersonic Car!

Waterfront Nippers: Super Heroes

Sun 19 May, 2pm

Fri 31 May 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm

Hold on tight as we take you on a journey of discovery in this exhilarating, interactive science show. Delivered by Engineering Explained.

Science Show: Science of Sport Sun 19 May, 3.30pm

A Night at the Museum – Superheroes! Fri 17 May, 6pm Dress up as your favourite superhero and experience the Museum after hours. Take part in hands on activities and finish the evening by watching

This exciting and interactive show uses lots of audience involvement to make you think about sport as you never have before. Be prepared to limber up and join in the activities. Delivered by Science made Simple.

The Incredibles (U, 2004).

Wine Tasting Evening


Fri 24 May, 7pm

Wales on Wheels

Get into the summer spirit with a selection of wines from sunny California.

Sat 18 May, 11am-4pm Entertainment and education for all the family organized by the Roads & Road Transport History Association.

Free Talk



Booking required

Drop in themed learn and play for under fives in an inspiring galley setting. All infants must be accompanied by a carer.

Sail Cars

Half T Sat 25-Wed 29 May erm 12pm-3.30pm Make your own model car then blow on the sail to make the car whoosh forward.

Scrappy Happy Robots

Half Term

Thurs 30 May-Sun 2 June 12pm-3.30pm Make a robot from all sorts of bits and bobs from our scrappy happy heap.

A special evening for adults accompanied by regional music and location maps. £10/£8 concession

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June Cuppa Cymraeg

Make & Mend: Gift Boxes, Bows, Bags & Tags

Teen Museum Movie Twilight

Sat 1 June, 1.30pm

(12, 2008) Sun 9 Jun, 2pm

Walking Tour: Lovely Ugly Town

Combine old newspapers, maps and wallpaper with folding and printing techniques to create a collection of giftwrap packaging to delight friends.

Sat 1 June, 11am


Sat 1 June, 10.30am A tour of the galleries aimed at Welsh learners followed by a free cuppa.

Join Museum favourite, local historian and Green Badge Guide Alun Jones for this interesting insight into the history of Swansea city centre including the famous market. Walking Rating: easy Meeting point: Museum reception desk Wear sturdy footwear and remember that conditions could be wet and slippery and the ground uneven. Taking part in the tour is at your own risk. We aim to run this tour in most weather conditions but if unsure, contact 0300 111 2 333.

Street Age 7 -12 Science Buzz Wire Game Sat 8 June 12.30pm & 2.30pm Make your very own buzz wire game in this electricity themed workshop.

Join us for teen special Twilight based on the acclaimed novel by Stephenie Meyer about the ultimate forbidden love affair between a vampire and mortal.

Constantine, Christianity and the Lost Gospel Sat 15 June, 11am 1,700 years ago a religious revolution occurred that had global consequences - the Roman emperor Constantine converted to Christianity and lent imperial support to the Church. This talk by Professor Mark Humphries (Swansea University) examines the implications for western culture and religion. Organized by the Historical Association.


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Walking Tour: Kilvey Hill Sat 15 June, 11am Climb Kilvey Hill for unsurpassed sights of historic Swansea Bay with local historian and Green Badge Guide Alun Jones. Walking Rating: rugged and uphill

Father’s Day Film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Walking Tour: Around the Marina

(PG, 1989)

Join local historian and Green Badge Guide Alun Jones for this fascinating look into the history and development of Swansea Marina.

Sun 16 Jun, 2pm Action packed father and son adventure starring Sean Connery and Harrison Ford.

Meeting point: White Rock car park

Walking Rating: easy

Wear sturdy footwear and remember that conditions could be wet and slippery and the ground uneven. Taking part in the tour is at your own risk. We aim to run this tour in most weather conditions but if unsure, contact 0300 111 2 333.

Make a tool box with dad

Sat 29 June, 11am

Age 8+

Waterfront Nippers: Drawings & Doodles

Meeting point: Museum reception desk

Fri 28 June 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm

Taking part in the tour is at your own risk. We aim to run this tour in most weather conditions but if unsure, contact 0300 111 2 333.

Wear sturdy footwear and remember that conditions could be wet and slippery and the ground uneven.

Drop in learn and play for under fives in an inspiring galley setting. All infants must be accompanied by a carer.

Sat 15 & Sun 16 Jun 12pm & 2.30pm Join woodworker Gerald King to assemble a tool carrier using basic hand tools, hammers and nails.






Booking required


Useful info

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 Marina Trail leaflet from to help you plan your day out. By bus For the latest information and nearest stops visit

• Gift shop • 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 • Pay and display car park (next to the LC on Oystermouth Road)

By road From outside Swansea, exit the M4 at junction 42 and follow the brown signs. From inside Swansea, 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.

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 cafe (£5pp min spend) • 10% off the gift shop (£5pp min spend) • Complimentary refreshments for coach driver

Tell us what you think! Don’t forget to complete a Visitor Comment Form at reception to let us know how we are doing.

Free access to WiFi Just complete a Visitor Account Form at reception and browse away!

For a large print version, contact 0300 111 2 333 All details are correct at the time of going to print. Please call before making a special journey.


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