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Wales’ Black Lives Matter placards go on display at St Fagans National Museum of History

A collection of placards used in Black Lives Matter demonstrations across Wales are now on display in the ‘Wales Is’ gallery at St Fagans National Museum of History.  

A selection of placards were donated to the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales collection following Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the summer of 2020.  

In May 2020, George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, sparking anti-racist protests around the world. Demonstrations and marches were held across Wales including in Cardiff, Swansea and Aberystwyth.  

The display also features photographs and individual accounts from activists who took part in the protests.  

Sioned Hughes, Head of Public History and Archaeology at Amgueddfa Cymru, said: 

“Collecting contemporary material is a core part of Amgueddfa Cymru’s work, to ensure that the national collection represents the diverse experiences of people living in Wales today and in the past.” 

“It is important that we display these placards in the Wales is…gallery to tell the story of the Black Lives Matter movement in Wales and its impact on communities.” 

Amgueddfa Cymru is a family of seven museums and a collections centre, which are all free to enter thanks to the support of the Welsh Government. Together, it is home to the nation’s art, history and science collections, which will continue to grow so that they can be used and enjoyed by both present and future generations. 

As a registered charity, Amgueddfa Cymru is grateful for all support. The events and exhibitions programme is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.