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Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales celebrates Refugee Week

Amgueddfa Cymru is marking Refugee Week (20-26 June) with a series of events to celebrate the contributions of refugees and people seeking sanctuary in Wales.

On Saturday 25 June at 2pm, visitors to St Fagans National Museum of History will be able to enjoy a performance by Oasis’ One World Choir in the museum atrium. The choir welcomes people seeking sanctuary in Cardiff and the wider community.

Also on Saturday, there will be cooking demonstrations in Llwyn-yr-eos Farmhouse, St Fagans throughout the day with The Syrian Dinner Project, a pop-up restaurant and catering business based in Aberystwyth created by five women who came to Wales in 2015.

In the evening, Oasis Cardiff will be hosting one of their popular ‘Supper Club’ events at St Fagans. The menu and the visual elements of the evening have been developed in a series of creative workshops with the Oasis kitchen team, asylum seekers, and refugees living in Aberystwyth and Cardiff.

Reynette Roberts, CEO of Oasis Cardiff said:

“For Oasis Cardiff and our Plate Project, food crosses the divide, brings people from different cultures together finding a common ground. Oasis Cardiff has worked with Amgueddfa Cymru for over 10 years and are excited about this project which brings food, its traditions and links to Welsh history and culture together.”

One World: Art from Penally Camp is on display at National Waterfront Museum until 26 June and includes art from a group of young men housed by the Home Office at the ex-military barracks in Penally, Pembrokeshire.

The Home Away from Home exhibition celebrates the people and organisations who have been involved in making Swansea a City of Sanctuary for over ten years. Housed at the National Waterfront Museum – the UK’s first Museum of Sanctuary – discover the stories of those who have sought sanctuary in Swansea.

Amgueddfa Cymru is a partner in the Refugee Wales research project with Cardiff University, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

As part of the Refugee Wales project, researchers from Cardiff University conducted oral history interviews to record the life stories of Sri Lankan Tamils and Syrian refugees who have made Wales their home.

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

The oral histories recorded by the Refugee Wales project will become part of the collection at St Fagans National Museum of History, and we are immensely grateful to the participants for sharing their lived experiences with us for future generations. Their stories are part of Welsh history, and need to be heard and understood”.