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Support For The Museum From The First Minister For Wales

27 May 2005
On a visit to the Welsh Slate Museum, Llanberis, today (27 May 2005), the First Minister for Wales, Rhodri Morgan, stated his pride in the news of the success of the Big Pit Mining Museum - another of the National Museums & Galleries of Wales' family of museums - in this year's Gulbenkian Prize.

Big Pit scoops top award

27 May 2005
Big Pit: National Mining Museum of Wales is tonight (26 May) celebrating its success in winning this year's prestigious Gulbenkian prize for Museum of the Year, having beaten off stiff competition to win the £100,000 arts prize.

Hair Raising — 1950s Salon Moves to St Fagans

23 May 2005
Work begins next week on dismantling a sugar pink and baby blue hairdressing salon and adjacent barbers from Aberdare, south Wales to the Museum of Welsh Life. A beautiful snapshot of women's lives, style and growing independence on the cusp of the 1960s, the salon has been empty for decades on a once bustling shopping street but will now be conserved and re-erected alongside the world famous buildings at St Fagans.

Calling all Bevin Boys

5 May 2005
Big Pit celebrates VE Day by launching its appeal for Bevin Boys to get in touch. Were you a Bevin Boy, or were any men in your family Bevin Boys? Did you fall in love with a Bevin Boy? If so, we want to hear from you.

What slate meant to our ancestors

3 May 2005
The Welsh Slate Museum Llanberis hosts a series of special talks this month, focusing on the role played by the slate industry in people's daily lives. Diverse topics, ranging from the industry's relationship with seafaring to the kind of produce grown by quarrymen in their gardens, are intended to have a broad and popular appeal to visitors to the Museum.

Monet — The Gardening Artist

21 April 2005
National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff
23 April 2005

Claude Monet (1840-1926) one of the leading members of the Impressionist group, had a keen interest in gardening, as his later works clearly show. His garden at Giverny has long been admired by art lovers and gardeners alike, and works such as his delicate paintings of the Waterlilies became some of the most famous paintings in the world.