Amgueddfa Blog: The Shop Blog

A wonderful new book has been created by  Picture to Share.  This dementia-friendly book is the first of this type that has been produced bilingually in both Welsh and English. 

Pictures to Share teamed up with Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, The National Library of Wales, Alzheimers Society, and the Welsh Poet Laureate to produce Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, a beautifully illustrated book to help carers communicate with people living with dementia.  Pictures to Share have produced many books on this theme but this is the first to focus upon the Welsh language, in order to help people living with dementia whose first language is Welsh.

This was an opportunity to highlight the importance of the work we do to help people living with dementia as well as highlight our collections and showcase our commercial Picture Library.  The images used within the book, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, portray many things which people in Wales can relate to, prompting discussion.

Dementia is a subject which many of our staff are passionate about, with many of the staff undertaking training to become a Dementia Friend in order to help enhance the visitor experience of people living with dementia.

After communicating with the editor Michelle Forster, we supplied the images and license to use them in order to comply with copyrights laws.  We have to issue a license to anyone who wishes to use our images. Pictures to Share invited us to Cardiff Library for their book launch in November 2016 to see the completed book, which was attended by staff from our Image Licensing, Photography and Translation departments.  We were all very impressed with the end product which is now available at our shop at National Museum Cardiff and our on-line shop.

If you would like to use our images within a publication, please contact us at Image Licensing.
You can also purchase images for your home from our on-line shop.

Thank you to Cardiff Council for permission to use images from the book launch.

The team have been working hard in the last few weeks to get all of the new stock ready and looking lovely for the opening day on Friday 14th July. Our new shop will be full of lovely things from across Wales, Including hand carved lovespoons, tapestry blankets from Melin Tregwynt as well as blankets woven on site at the National Wool Museum in Drefach Felindre.

The St Fagans shop during and after redevelopment.

Our new range of food and drink includes, Cheddar cheese from Blaenavon, Welsh Lady preserves from Pwllheli and a wide range of Penderyn Whiskey.

We also have a new range of exclusive souvenirs, including our cuddly new St Fagans teddy bears.

Visit us on the 14th July and say the word ‘Dragon’ at the checkout to receive 10% off! 

All the money raised in our shops supports the work of the museum.

Renowned Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis was the inaugural National Poet of Wales in 2005. She has won the Forward Poetry award twice and in 2012 won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod. In 2005 we commissioned Gwyneth to write a poem to celebrate the opening of the National Waterfront Museum, on the subject of Wales’s industrial past.

Her poem has been printed in a limited edition by the Gregynog Press. The Gregynog Press was established in 1922 by the sisters Gwendoline and Margaret ­Davies. Gwendoline Davies (1882-1951) and Margaret Davies (1884-1963) were the granddaughters of David Davies who made his fortune during the industrialisation of Victorian Wales. The sisters were keen art collectors and philanthropists whose generous bequests to Amgueddfa Cymru helped form our outstanding collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

Printed on archival paper, the print is available as a mounted or mounted and framed print. The edition is limited to 475.

The days are getting longer and we’re feeling inspired by our great new Treasures exhibition. Let us help you begin your adventure with our top 5 exhibition gifts. 

1. Fire starter

Need to get things burning? Gentlemen's Hardware makes things easier with their glorious firestarter gadget – a safe and simple tool that creates a spark to start your fire when camping or out in the wild.

2. Lost Cities board game

The research teams are outfitted and ready to embark on their adventures to find five forgotten cities. Who will lead the way to fantastic discoveries?

3. Food flask

The adventure can begin with this black flask that provides ample room to keep soups or smoothies warm or cool. With a stainless steel lid hiding a screw top lid that keeps the contents secure and prevents heat loss, making the perfect gift.

4. Archaeology Kit

Learn the basics of carefully recording and unearthing treasures of the past.

5. Prisoners of the Sun (The Adventures of Tintin)

The Adventures of Tintin continue to charm more than 80 years after they first found their way into publication. Since then an estimated 230 million copies have been sold, proving that comic books have the same power to entertain children and adults in the 21st century as they did in the early 20th.



Thank you to everyone who voted in our Christmas card completion this year and thank you to our curators, librarians and archivists across our seven Museums who delved deep into the collections to come up with new ideas.

These are the seven winners. We will be going to print very soon so keep an eye on the online shop. Or pop into any of our shops where they will be on sale along with this year’s Museum calendar and lots of other great Christmas gift ideas.