Contact Details

Andrew Renton
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3275

Staff Name

Andrew Renton

Job Title

Head of Design Collections

Areas of Responsibility:

Intellectual leadership for visual and applied arts, ensuring that Amgueddfa Cymru is recognised as a world-class centre in terms of its collections, research, public profile and public impact.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

BA Literae Humaniores (Oxford), PGCE Classics (Nottingham), Postgraduate Diploma in Art Gallery & Museum Studies (Manchester); Associateship of the Museums Association; Member of the Advisory Council on the Export of Works of Art; Trustee and Chair of Acquisitions Committee, Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts; Trustee, Nantgarw China Works Museum; Committee member and former Chair, Society of Decorative Art Curators; Visiting Scholar, National Museum of Japanese History, Sakura, Japan, 2012.

Research Interests

Welsh factory ceramics, 1764-c1825; twentieth-century and contemporary studio and artist ceramics; historic and contemporary British silver; nineteenth-century British design; history of collections and art patronage, with particular reference to Wales.


Applied art, craft, design, ceramics, silver, collections, patronage

Selected Publications

Renton, A., Fairclough, O. and Conroy, R. (in prep.). Welsh Pottery and Porcelain 1764-1922. Cardiff, National Museum of Wales.

Renton, A. 2019. ‘Between two hemispheres’: Bernard Leach as agent in Japan for the National Museum of Wales. In Influences and inspirations – 400 years of Japanese porcelains. London, English Ceramic Circle, 87-109.

Renton, A. 2018. ‘Largely owing to Mr. R. Drane's watchful interest’: Robert Drane, Honorary Curator at the Cardiff Free Library and Museum. English Ceramic Circle Transactions, 29, 147-162.

Renton, A. 2017.

Private passion, public spirit. In Public to Private: The Stoutzker Collection in Wales
. Cardiff, National Museum of Wales, 6-10

Renton, A. 2017. Admiral Edward Russell’s silver andirons. Silver Studies: The Journal of the Silver Society, 33, 57-72.

Renton, A. 2015. Thomas Pardoe in Bristol. English Ceramic Circle Transactions, 26 (2015), 93-110.

Renton, A. 2016. A tabletop menagerie: a Cambrian Pottery zoological supper service. English Ceramic Circle Transactions, 27 (2016), 119-141.

Fairclough, O. (ed.) 2011.

Companion Guide to the Welsh National Museum of Art.
Cardiff, National Museum of Wales.  (contributing authors: A. Pritchard, A. Renton, M. Munro).

Renton, A. 2010.

Dynamic Structures: Painted Vessels by Elizabeth Fritsch
. Cardiff, National Museum of Wales.

Renton, A. 2009. Discovering Pre-1700 Stained Glass in South Wales. Vidimus, 34 (ISSN 1752-0741).

Renton, A. 2009. Glass. In Gerallt D. Nash (ed.),

Saving St Teilo’s: Bringing a medieval church to life
(National Museum of Wales), 60-74.

Renton, A. 2008. Uncertain Beginnings, New Ambitions: Craft collecting at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. In COLLECT (Crafts Council/Scala), 14-19.

Renton, A. 2005. The Swansea Diaspora: the later careers of David Evans, Henry Morris and William Pollard. In Jonathan Gray (ed.), Welsh Ceramics in Context II. Royal Institution of South Wales, 209-234.

Renton, A. (ed.) 2005. Arcanum: mapping 18th-century European porcelain: Edmund de Waal. Cardiff, National Museum of Wales.

Renton, A. 2003. Thomas Pardoe and William Weston Young. In Jonathan Gray (ed.), Welsh Ceramics in Context I. Royal Institution of South Wales, 120-146.

Renton, A. 1999. Straw Marquetry made in Lübeck, Leiden and London by the Hering Family. Furniture History, 34, 51-86.

Renton, A. 1995. Chinese Art. In Lucy Wood (ed.), The Lady Lever Art Gallery (National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside), 80-93.