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This year sees the National Museums & Galleries of Wales (NMGW) taking an active role on the Eisteddfod Maes at Newport.

With the festival so close to a number of our sites, the Museum's presence on the Maes will be promoting a number of sites throughout the week.

The Roman Legionary Museum is based at Caerleon, a few miles from the Eisteddfod Maes, and for one week only a slice of Roman life will be seen in Newport, as part of the NMGW stand is transformed into barracks for Roman soldiers. Children will be encouraged to dress up as Roman centurions, and there'll be a number of Roman activities available to keep little ones busy.

Blaenafon's Big Pit is the other site which will be showcased during the week, as another part of the NMGW stand becomes a realistic tunnel, similar to those used by miners to reach coal in the past. Children and young people will see how it felt to work underground, and if this grasps their imagination, Big Pit itself is only fifteen minutes away.

There'll be a chance for budding archaeologists to look for buried treasure thanks to a special dig happening outside the stand this year to coincide with Buried Treasure, the main exhibition showing at Cardiff's National Museum & Gallery this summer. And with the famous FA Cup on show at NMG for one week only, there'll be a chance to find out more about this tremendous trophy, back in Wales for the first time since Cardiff's historic win in 1927.

On Thursday evening, 5 August, there'll be an opportunity for those involved in Wales and the World (Cymru a'r Byd) to join us for a special event at the Museum of Welsh Life in St Fagans near Cardiff. Joining us will be Alun Pugh AM, Welsh Assembly Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport, who will outline the popular free entry policy, which has enabled visitor numbers to increase across all our sites since its introduction in 2001. This private event starts at 7.00 pm and press and media are invited to join us.

Special shuttle buses will also be available to take visitors from the Eisteddfod to the Roman Legionary Museum and Big Pit, and there'll be talks on relevant subjects at both sites on Wednesday and Thursday. These will be promoted on the NMGW stand during the week.

NMGW currently has six sites across the whole of Wales, Cardiff's National Museum & Gallery; the Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans; the Roman Legionary Museum, Caerleon; Big Pit: National Mining Museum, Blaenafon; the National Woollen Museum, Dre-fach Felindre and the Welsh Slate Museum in Llanberis. Swansea's National Waterfront Museum opens its doors in mid 2005, telling the story of industry and innovation in Wales.

Entry to all NMGW sites is free of charge, thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.

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