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Adventure is a big hit at National Wool Museum

12 April 2016

The National Wool Museum enjoyed a very busy day on Saturday 2 April celebrating the Year of Adventure in Wales.

 

 

Rembrandt masterpiece goes on display at National Museum Cardiff

5 April 2016

From today (5 April 2016), Rembrandt van Rijn’s Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet (1607-1685) will be shown at National Museum Cardiff for a period of three years.

Rembrandt masterpiece goes on display at National Musuem Cardiff

5 April 2016

From today (5 April 2016), Rembrandt van Rijn’s Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet (1607-1685) will be shown at National Museum Cardiff for a period of three years.

National Roman Legion Museum has bagged a share of a £11.5million carrier bag charge fund

29 March 2016

We are delighted to announce we have bagged £10,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

St Thomas Community Primary set up home at the National Waterfront Museum

29 March 2016

Reception pupils at St Thomas Community Primary in Swansea have recently been engaging and discovering the wonders of the National Waterfront Museum as part of a national King’s College London innovation project.

The pupils – aged 4 and 5– have spent the last term (from 22 February) undertaking learning activities at the city-based Museum and a second group will take part in the project from May.

My Primary School is at the Museum takes the school classes directly into museum for their day-to-day programme of lessons, including lunches and breaks, offering a different experience from the more usual, occasional museum visit.

Press Statement: Strike action at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales museums

24 March 2016

 

“Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales regrets that a number of Wales’ national museums will be affected by industrial action by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) during the Easter weekend (25 – 28 March 2016).

 

“The action by PCS comes as Amgueddfa Cymru tries to bring the dispute over weekend working allowances to a conclusion. Last week, the Museum announced it would start consulting with those affected by planned changes to weekend working allowances (Premium Payments), on an individual basis. The process is due to start on 4 April, unless an agreement can be reached before then.

 

“Details of how the strike action will affect Wales’ national museums are as follows:

 

Friday 25 March         Big Pit National Coal Museum will open at 1pm but with no underground tours.

Saturday 26 March     National Wool Museum closed.

National Waterfront Museum’s galleries closed.

Sunday 27 March       St Fagans National History Museum’s grounds, shops and café will be open but some historic buildings may be closed.

                                    National Slate Museum closed.

Monday 28 March      National Museum Cardiff will be open including the shop, restaurant and coffee shop. Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology and the art galleries will be closed on this day.

Big Pit National Coal Museum will open at 1pm but with no underground tours.

 

The National Roman Legion Museum will be open as usual over the weekend.

 

“The Museum is urging all our visitors to check its website for the latest information before travelling to the Museums (www.museumwales.ac.uk).

 

“Facing a 4.7% cut in its Grant in Aid from the Welsh Government on top of a 25% reduction in real terms over the last five years, Amgueddfa Cymru cannot continue to pay Premium Payments in their current form, which now cost the Museum around £750k a year.

 

“The consultation process with its recognised trade unions began in 2014, and a year later Prospect Union accepted the changes as the best that could be received via negotiation. PCS rejected the offer which led to two rounds of conciliation meetings between Amgueddfa Cymru and the trade union via ACAS. In December 2015, an agreement was reached and signed by both PCS and Amgueddfa Cymru.

 

“However, Amgueddfa Cymru was told earlier this month that PCS would not ballot its members on the Museum’s proposal regarding the future of the weekend working allowances, despite this being a core part of the agreement reached through ACAS. In addition, the trade union informed Amgueddfa Cymru that PCS members at Big Pit would be restarting industrial action short of a strike from 21 March to 30 April 2016, again breaking the terms of the agreement.

 

“Resolving this dispute is now a matter of urgency for Amgueddfa Cymru, due to the pressures of a reduced budget. Therefore, it has no choice but to proceed to individual consultation. Only yesterday it launched a Voluntary Redundancy Scheme, which is open to all staff across the organisation.

 

“Amgueddfa Cymru is doing its utmost to protect staff and visitors as far as possible from the effects of the cuts, but difficult decisions have to be made to balance the books and ensure the organisation remains sustainable into the future.”

 

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For further information, please contact:

 

AMGUEDDFA CYMRU

Catrin Taylor

029 2057 3185

07920 027067

catrin.taylor@museumwales.ac.uk