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Exhibition: The Future Has a Past

St Fagans National Museum of History
9 June 2021 – 21 January 2022
Cost Free
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What will Wales look like in the future? That is the question that Amgueddfa Cymru Producers and artist Henry Alles have set out to discover in this new multi-disciplinary exhibition. To explore the future, they have first looked to the past and delved into the national collections of Wales.

The Future Has a Past reminds us that the future is not untainted. It does not lie outside our reach, nor outside our responsibility. ‘How did we get here, and how do we move forward?’ are questions this exhibition asks us to reflect on.

Showcasing 59 iconic objects from the national collection including a protest banner from Greenham Common, Dr William Price’s iconic fox fur hat, a giant piece of coal, and even a lion’s pelt, The Future has a Past asks us to consider our past as a means of discovering our futures.

Youth led projects across the museum are transforming the way young people work with national museums across Wales.

Amgueddfa Cymru’s ambition is to achieve greater social justice in Wales, though public participation in the work of the museum.  We are actively changing the way young people interact and perceive museums and giving young people a voice in various aspects of the museum’s work.  

This work was made possible with the kind support of Mathew and Lucy Prichard, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Kick the Dust Grant.

The exhibition was co-created by artist Henry Alles and Amgueddfa Cymru Producers, young creatives and youth co-ordinators; Abike Ogunlokun, Eadyth Crawford, Elliot Cooper, Jake A Griffiths, Juliette Georges, Marged Elen Wiliam, Mohamed Hassan, Radha Patel, Rhianydd Whitcombe, Sarah Younan, Talulah Angharad Thomas, Umulkhayr Mohamed, and Valentine Gigandet.

Exhibition Booklet 

The exhibition is made up of three chapters that discuss the importance of looking to the past when thinking about our future.  The Future Has a Past Booklet gives more information on the content of these chapters. 


Download the exhibition booklet


Audio Guide

Find out more about the background to the exhibition, including the creative process of the artists involved in this podcast

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