Amgueddfa Blog

This winter at National Museum Cardiff, visitors can get close to a genuine spaceship. The Soyuz TMA-19M capsule, the spacecraft that brought British astronaut Tim Peake back to Earth from the International Space Station, has crash landed in our gallery. The free exhibition is part of a national tour presented by global technology company Samsung and the Science Museum Group.

In association with the exhibition, several lucky secondary schools from across south Wales experienced an exciting science show from the Science Museum Outreach team. The Soyuz Rocket Show combined interactive science demonstrations with stunning visuals to explore the physics of rockets and Tim Peake’s spacecraft.

Beginning with take-off in the Vostok Rocket, the show took students along on Tim Peake’s journey to space. They experienced everything, including docking on the ISS and life aboard. Finally it discussed the perilous re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere (which you can learn more about in the exhibition’s Space Descent Virtual Reality Experience). The demonstrations included rockets made from Pringles tubes, screaming jelly babies, dry ice clouds and liquid nitrogen ice cream. And of course explosions. Lots of explosions.

A few weeks later, the schools visited the museum to see the spacecraft itself. They also took part in workshops that explored different elements of space travel. Cardiff University School of Computer Science and Informatics delivered coding workshops using Scratch, while AstroCymru put pupils through their paces by testing skills required to be an astronaut. Finally, we did a session on spacesuit engineering, which developed ways to protect astronauts from both harmful UV radiation and the call of nature! One lucky school even got to meet real-life astronaut Steven Swanson, a retired commander of the ISS.

We hope these experiences will inspire the next generation of physicists, engineers and astronauts. Let's hope that soon we will have Welsh astronauts following Tim into space!

The Tim Peake's Spacecraft exhibition runs until 10th February. Admission is free, Space Descent Virtual Reality Experience costs £6.

Cultural heritage collections need a friendly home. 'Friendly' means: a building that protects the collection from the elements – wind, sun and rain. Conservators worry a lot - and rightly so - about pigments fading when they are exposed to light, about stuffed animals being eaten by insect pests, about wartime medals corroding because of the presence of air pollutants. But it’s no good having a fantastic pest management system if the roof leaks. Getting the basics right makes the job of the conservator an awful lot easier and is better for the collection.

Like many museums up and down the country, National Museum Cardiff is housed in a historic building. The museum contains 30 public galleries and 50 collection stores which accommodate almost 3 million objects. This is only part of the national heritage collection of Wales and arguably something we want to protect for the benefit of current and future generations.

But being in a historic building, as beautiful as it is, has its challenges. Much of the building infrastructure is aging and needs modernising. Our roof needs some tlc. Our air conditioning systems are so old, there is nobody left in the museum who was around when they were first installed. And the electrics in parts of the building are not far from receiving a birthday telegram from Her Majesty the Queen.

All of those issues are a problem not just for visitors and staff, but also for the collections. Therefore, we have started modernising our museum building. In the past few years we already had parts of our roof replaced. Less publicly visible was the recent replacement of the electrical infrastructure in the west wing. We are now in the process of undertaking much more work to improve the building.

Some of this work will happen behind closed doors: replacement of our chillers and humidifiers with new, modern and efficient technology, making the museum leaner and greener. Other work will be more obvious to our visitors, including works to the roof of our south wing. Various works will require the temporary closure of some of our public galleries – please bear with us during this time, we are keeping the rest of the museum open and, once the works are completed, all galleries will be accessible again.

One difficulty remains: once all the works are completed the museum will look like nothing ever happened – we do not have a brand new building to show off for all our efforts. BUT the building will feel and operate differently. It will form a more reliable envelope around our collections. It will require less maintenance, saving us money and staff time. It will be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, reducing our energy bills and forming a substantial contribution towards lowering our greenhouse gas emissions.

During this time of potential disruptions please bear in mind the end product, which will include a better museum experience for visitors today (well, next year) and in the future. And a building that continues to help us look after Wales’ national collection.

Should you have any questions at all about our refurbishment programme in relation to the collections, please do get in touch. We will be happy to assist in any way we can.

Find out more about Care of Collections at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales here and follow us on Twitter.

Rydym wedi bod yn gweithio gyda Phrifysgol Caerdydd i gynnwys atgofion a ffotograffau a rennir drwy grwpiau Facebook lleol mewn arddangosfeydd bach o amgylch Cymru, prosiect hynod ddiddorol i fod yn rhan ohono.

Yn y dehongliad ffres hwn, rydym nid yn unig yn cyflwyno golygfeydd a digwyddiadau gafaelgar o'r ardal leol, ond hefyd yn gofyn i'n hymwelwyr rannu eu straeon eu hunain.

Byddwn yn annog ymwelwyr i ddod i Lyfrgell Wrecsam o ddydd Sadwrn (1 Rhagfyr) ac i weld golygfeydd dwys a diddorol diweddar o’r cyffiniau.

Bydd yr arddangosfa wedyn yn cael ei symud i Amgueddfa Genedlaethol y Glannau yn Abertawe ar 8 Rhagfyr 2018.

Yn y ddau leoliad, byddwn yn annog ymwelwyr i rannu eu straeon ac atgofion o'r ardal gyda ni.

Ffordd arall o wneud hyn yw drwy Gasgliad y Werin Cymru.

Gobeithio clywed eich stori chi cyn bo hir!

Helo Cyfeillion y Gwanwyn,

Diolch am yr holl waith yr ydych wedi gwneud ac am rannu eich lluniau! Roedd o'n hynod o galed i ddewis dim ond pum enillydd. Mae'r lluniau a ddewiswyd yn dod o ysgolion yng Nghymru sef ddim yn cymryd rhan yn y prosiect estyniad Edina.

Dyma'r enillwyr:

Llanyrafon Primary School

Peterston Super Ely CiW Primary School

St Philip Evans Catholic Primary

Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth

Ysgol Llandwrog

Diolch yn fawr i bob ysgol a rannodd eu lluniau. Oedd o’n wych i weld y holl waith rydych wedi gwneud a'r hwyl gawsoch!

Cadwch lan gyda'r gwaith caled Cyfeillion y Gwanwyn,

Athro'r Ardd

Mae mis Rhagfyr yn gyfle gwych i ni fel sefydliad ddweud diolch wrth chwaraewyr y Loteri Genedlaethol am eich cyfraniadau hael, sy'n ein helpu'n fawr gyda'n gwaith bob dydd.

Bydd yr 20 chwaraewr Loteri Genedlaethol cyntaf i ymweld ag un o'n hamgueddfeydd cenedlaethol rhwng 3 a 9 Rhagfyr 2018 yn cael anrheg am ddim!

Bydd Sain Ffagan Amgueddfa Werin Cymru; Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd; Amgueddfa Genedlaethol y Glannau, Abertawe; Big Pit Amgueddfa Lofaol Cymru; Amgueddfa Wlân Cymru, Drefach Felindre; ac Amgueddfa Lechi Cymru, Llanberis i gyd yn cymryd rhan.

Cyflwynwch eich tocyn yn siop yr Amgueddfa os gwelwch yn dda.

Cyn gynted ag y bydd yr 20 anrheg wedi mynd ym mhob lleoliad, byddwn yn gwneud cyhoeddiad drwy ein sianelau cyfryngau cymdeithasol.

Mae Sain Ffagan wedi elwa'n ddiweddar o gyllid y Loteri Genedlaethol. Dyfarnwyd £11.5m i ni yn 2012 i ddechrau ailddatblygu'r Amgueddfa, y grant mwyaf erioed i gael ei ddyfarnu yng Nghymru gan Gronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri. 

Diolch i gyfraniadau hael chwaraewyr y Loteri Genedlaethol, cyfrannodd dros 3,000 o wirfoddolwyr a 120 o fudiadau cymunedol, elusennau stryd a grwpiau lleol o bob rhan o Gymru at y gwaith ailddatblygu gwerth £30m.

Mae cymryd rhan yn y fenter #DiolchynFawr yn un ffordd y gallwn ni ddweud diolch wrth chwaraewyr y Loteri Genedlaethol a'r Loteri Genedlaethol.

Telerau ac amodau:

● Cyflwynwch un tocyn Loteri Genedlaethol i hawlio eich anrheg am ddim yn Sain Ffagan Amgueddfa Werin Cymru; Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd; Amgueddfa Genedlaethol y Glannau, Abertawe; Big Pit Amgueddfa Lofaol Cymru; Amgueddfa Wlân Cymru, Drefach Felindre; neu Amgueddfa Lechi Cymru, Llanberis

● Mae pob un o gemau'r Loteri Genedlaethol yn gymwys am yr anrheg am ddim. Gallwch chi brofi eich bod yn chwarae’r Loteri drwy docyn copi caled neu docyn digidol.

● Mae'r cynnig yn ddilys rhwng 3 a 9 Rhagfyr 2018 hyd nes y bydd yr 20 rhodd am ddim ym mhob amgueddfa wedi cael eu rhoi allan.

● Os bydd ymholiadau ar y diwrnod, bydd penderfyniad y rheolwr yn derfynol.