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Free Opportunity for Primary School Teachers at the National Wool Museum

11 June 2013

On Friday 12 July a free of charge workshop by Mererid Hopwood for primary school teachers will be held at the NationalWoolMuseum.

The workshop, ‘Gwlân a Geiriau Mân’ will discuss creative ways for pupils and teachers to explore and enjoy the Museum by finding ways to use the story of the woollen industry as a starting point for creative writing sessions in the classroom.

After a tour around the Museum the day will focus on some of the experiences within the Museum, from sheep to fabric and the sounds of the historic machinery, to explore a variety of writing skills.

Practical ideas for lessons will be shared, to help pupils develop their voice on paper and the course will provide learning opportunities through Literacy, Heritage and Creativity.

The course will start at 10am until 3pm. The course is free with limited spaces. Therefore please place your booking as soon as possible by contacting Joanna Thomas, National Wool Museum Learning Officer on or by telephone on 02920 573070.



Mererid Hopwood is a Welsh poet who made history in 2001 by becoming the first woman ever to win the bardic Chair at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

Originally from Cardiff, Hopwood graduated with first-class honours in Spanish and German from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She was a Lecturer in German at the University of Wales, Swansea, as well as being a Creative Writing tutor in the Welsh Department since 2002. Dr Hopwood is currently a Lecturer in Trinity University of Carmarthen. Also in 2003 she won the crown at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod, and in 2008 she was awarded the Eisteddfod's Prose Medal for her book O Ran. She is also an S4C presenter. She now lives in Carmarthen, with her husband and 3 children.

For further information, please contact the Museum on (029) 2057 3070

Laverbread re-branded

6 June 2013

Laver - a new brand of laverbread aimed at the young, metropolitan consumer launched in Cardiff

Degas sculpture to enrich national art collection as galleries continue to attract record visitors

5 June 2013

A beautiful bronze sculpture by the famous 19th century French Impressionist, Edgar Degas, has found a permanent home alongside other works at the National Museum of Art in Cardiff.

National Wool Museum's Textiles at the Eisteddfod

21 May 2013

The collections of the NationalWoolMuseum, Dre-fach Felindre, are strongly featured on the Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales stand at the National Urdd Eisteddfod in Cilwendeg this year.

The stand showcases textiles – past, present and future, with emphasis on the ‘hands-on’ experience. This includes opportunities to knit and weave and to dress up in vintage 60s clothing. On Wednesday and Thursday Carys Hedd will be on the stand up cycling old clothes into modern items of clothing. On Saturday the Knitting Club, who usually meet in the Museum will be teaching visitors to the stand how to knit woollen cakes.

Also on show on the stand is a variety of Wales’ wool products and a display of textiles, reflecting the best textile designs over the years. Contemporary artwork, which is usually on display at the NationalWoolMuseum is also showcased, work inspired by the Museum and its story. This includes woven textiles by Laura Thomas, prints by Julia Griffiths Jones and the end result of projects undertaken between the Museum and school and college students.

Ann Whittall, Manager of the NationalWoolMuseum said: “Not every year the Eisteddfod comes within a stone’s throw to the NationalWoolMuseum here at Dre-fach Felindre. After enjoying a taster on the stand, this might entice people, as they are in the area, to visit the Museum, free of charge, to meet our craftspeople, enjoy a tour and for refreshments at our café.”

She added: “The collections of the Museum tell the story of Wales and they are the people’s collections so hopefully visitors to the Eisteddfod will take advantage of their visit to one cultural event, to visit another heritage site.”

The Amgueddfa Cymru - NationalMuseum of Wales’ stand is located to your left as you enter the Eisteddfod field.


 For further information, please contact the Museum on (029) 2057 3070

New structure for Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

13 May 2013

Following a 90-day consultation period with its staff and trade unions, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales today (13 May) announced a new structure for the organization.

Philanthropists gift contemporary art work to Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

26 April 2013

Twelve important modern works of art by internationally renowned artists have been gifted to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. The works, which were given by well-known art collectors Eric and Jean Cass through the Contemporary Art Society, include two lithographs by the famous Surrealist Joan Miró and a major work by Dutch artist Karel Appel and will be exhibited at National Museum Cardiff from 4 May until 21 July 2013.