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Dathlu Amrywiaeth mewn Chwaraeon

Fflur Morse, 30 Medi 2022

Y 30ain o Fedi yw Diwrnod Cenedlaethol Treftadaeth Chwaraeon, a’r thema eleni yw dathlu amrywiaeth ym myd chwaraeon.  

Mae’n gyfle i ddathlu treftadaeth chwaraeon cymunedau sydd heb gynrychiolaeth ddigonol a defnyddio eu storiâu i addysgu ac ysbrydoli.

Bydd y blog yma yn cyflwyno uchafbwyntiau o gasgliad Amgueddfa Cymru sydd yn taflu golau ar straeon chwaraeon amrywiol yng Nghymru.  

Crys CPD Dreigiau Caerdydd a wisgwyd gan Murray Harvey

Sefydlwyd CPD Dreigiau Caerdydd yn 2008 a dyma dîm pêl-droed LHDTC+ cyntaf Cymru. Cynhaliwyd eu gêm gyntaf ar ddydd Sul 26 Hydref 2008 yn erbyn Rhufeiniaid Llundain ar Barc Caedelyn, Caerdydd. Dreigiau Caerdydd enillodd y diwrnod hynny gyda sgôr o 5-4. Gwisgwyd y crys pêl-droed yma gan y capten, Murray Harvey (aelod o Ddreigiau Caerdydd rhwng 2008 a 2018), yn y gêm gyntaf hon. 

Crys Clwb Rygbi Llychlynwyr Abertawe a wisgwyd gan David Parr

Mae Clwb Rygbi Llychlynwyr Abertawe yn dîm rygbi hoyw a chynhwysol. Cafodd y tîm ei sefydlu ar 9 Mai 2015, a hwn oedd yr ail dîm hoyw i gael eu sefydlu yng Nghymru. 

Dyma oedd cit cyntaf y tîm, a gwisgwyd y crys yma gan David Parr a ymunodd â Llychlynwyr Abertawe ym mis Ionawr 2016. Dywedodd David,

“Being part of an open, inclusive club that doesn't discriminate has been great for my self confidence, physical and mental health and has enabled me to make many lifelong friendships. I wore the kit on many occasions throughout 2016 and 2017 including against fellow LGBT team the Cardiff Lions in January 2017”.

Llun cyhoeddusrwydd wedi'i lofnodi gan y bocsiwr, Pat Thomas

Ganed Pat yn 1950 yn Saint Kitts, a symudodd i Gaerdydd yn saith oed. Enillodd sawl teitl bocsio mewn dau bwysau yn ei yrfa hir o dros bedair blynedd ar ddeg. Aeth ymlaen i sefydlu Clwb Bocsio Tiger Bay ym 1984, lle bu hefyd yn gweithio fel hyfforddwr ar ôl ymddeol o focsio proffesiynol.

Taflen a ddyluniwyd gan Anthony Evans ar gyfer Mudiad Gwrth-Apartheid Cymru.

Dyma daflen ddwyieithog a ddyluniwyd gan yr artist Anthony Evans ar gyfer Mudiad Gwrth-Apartheid Cymru. Mae'r daflen yn hysbysebu gwrthdystiad a gynhaliwyd yng Nghaerdydd ar 16 Ebrill 1986 i brotestio yn erbyn gem rygbi rhwng Llewod Prydain a Gweddill y Byd (Rest of the World). Roedd carfan Gweddill y Byd yn cynnwys chwe chwaraewr Springboks o Dde Affrica. 

Ar flaen a chefn y daflen mae'r arysgrif: ''Mae nhw'n chwarae â gwaed yn NE AFFRICA - dim cysylltiadau / NO LINKS WITH SOUTH AFRICAN BLOOD SPORTS. 

Bathodyn blaser Gemau Olympaidd 1952 a wisgwyd gan Eileen Allen

Dyma fathodyn blaser wedi'i addurno â Jac yr Undeb gyda OLYMPIC GAMES 1952 arni. TCynhaliwyd Gemau Olympaidd 1952 yn Helsinki, ddeng mlynedd yn hwyrach na'r bwriad oherwydd dechrau'r Ail Ryfel Byd. 

Gwisgwyd y bathodyn gan Miss Eileen Allen o Gaerdydd. Ym 1952 roedd hi’n aelod o Dîm Prydain Fawr fel dyfarnwraig ar y panel hoci. 

Roedd hyn yn gamp enfawr i feddwl mai dim ond dynion allai gystadlu mewn hoci yn y Gemau Olympaidd yr amser hynny. Ni ymddangosodd hoci i fenywod yn y Gemau Olympaidd tan 1980.  

Pâr o gareiau enfys Stonewall

Yn olaf, dyma bâr o gareiau enfys gan y mudiad Stonewall. Lansiwyd y careiau hyn gan Stonewall yn 2013, i hyrwyddo cydraddoldeb LHDTC+ ac i helpu atal homoffobia mewn chwaraeon. Dosbarthwyd y pâr yma i bobl a fynychodd Raglen Modelau Rôl Stonewall Cymru yng Nghaerdydd ym mis Tachwedd 2019. 

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Mae’r bobl a’r cymunedau sydd yn ymddangos yn y blog yma wedi gwneud cyfraniad aruthrol i chwaraeon yng Nghymru, wrth weithio i sicrhau bod chwaraeon yn gynhwysol i bawb. Mae eu straeon bellach yn rhan o gasgliad y genedl, yno i ysbrydoli'r cenedlaethau nesaf o athletwyr a chefnogwyr.

Mae’n bwysig ein bod yn parhau i gynyddu cynrychiolaeth yn y casgliad cenedlaethol i sicrhau bod diwylliant yn agored i bawb, ac i geisio rhoi darlun teg o holl hanesion Cymru.

Cysylltwch â ni os oes gennych unrhyw wrthrychau yr hoffech eu rhoi i ddatblygu casgliad chwaraeon Amgueddfa Cymru, fel y gallwn barhau i amrywio’r casgliad, gan sicrhau y bydd cenedlaethau’r dyfodol yn gallu dysgu am holl dreftadaeth chwaraeon Cymru. 

Yn olaf, gallwch chwilio a gweld gwrthrychau o’r casgliad ar gatalog Casgliadau Arlein yr Amgueddfa.



Our Museum Garden Update September

Sian Taylor-Jones, 30 Medi 2022

‘Our Museum Garden’ volunteers carry on improving our grounds at National Museum Cardiff. They have continued with the clearance of dead shrubs and overgrown ivy, started to plant up new spaces and cared for the Urban Meadow. 

The most obvious difference has been the clearance and planting of a herbaceous border. There are two ‘mini-gabions’ in this space filled with stones, branches and pinecones to provide habitat for insects. The planting has been planned to appeal to pollinators as well as make a welcoming entrance for visitors. It will be a gorgeous splash of colour next summer. Hopefully in the next few months, larger versions of these gabions will appear in the space too. 

The herb bed has survived well over this heatwave of a summer – the rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) and lavender (Lavandula) have been enjoying their ideal conditions. The borage (Borago officinalis) has made itself at home and spread seedlings everywhere. 

The volunteer group is also tasked with looking after the ‘Urban Meadow’. We completed the ‘Every Flower Counts’ survey again in July and found a wide variety of wildflowers. We also enjoyed seeing burnet moth, soldier beetles, grasshoppers, flower beetles and many cinnabar moths during our time on the survey. 

At the beginning of September, Matthew Collinson came to teach us how to cut the meadow using Scythes. It was hard work but we all learnt so much about meadow management.

We have three major installation projects happening over the next couple of months. We’re going to be busy and would love some extra volunteers to help us. If you think you might like to help please find details of how to become a volunteer here: Current Opportunities - Become a Volunteer | Museum Wales. We have raised beds to install and plant up, a roof garden to revamp and gabion baskets to build. This project is funded by Welsh Government’s Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme, administered by WCVA.

Everlasting flowers in St. Fagans

Luciana Skidmore, 1 Medi 2022

The act of drying flowers dates back to ancient times. In the past flowers and herbs were dried and utilised for decorative, medicinal and culinary purposes. In Medieval times they were used to repel insects and even conceal unpleasant odours. Drying flowers became a popular hobby and preservation method in the Victorian period in England. For thousands of years flowers have had a symbolic meaning in rituals, passages, religious activities and artistic expression. Dried flowers are now more fashionable than ever due to their everlasting beauty and convenience.

This year thousands of flowers were grown in the gardens of St. Fagans for the purpose of drying. They have been naturally air-dried and beautiful flower arrangements were created by our garden trainees. These are now available to purchase in the Museum store. 

Besides their outstanding and long-lasting beauty dried flower arrangements offer many advantages. They can be used in weddings as bouquets, buttonholes, corsages and centrepieces. Because they are dried, they do not require water. They can be bought months in advance and stored with ease, releasing the pressure of having to care for fresh flowers on the big day. They can also be kept and preserved as memories of such a special day. 

They are perfect for home decoration or gifting.  You can create permanent floral arrangements that will enhance your home without the need to buy fresh flowers every week. Did you know that imported fresh flowers can have 10 times the carbon footprint of flowers grown in the UK? Imported cut flowers are flown thousands of miles in refrigerated airplane holds. When grown in colder climates they need heated greenhouses which generate higher carbon dioxide emissions. Not to mention the use of pesticides and fertilizers used in the production of perfect blooms. Fresh roses in February? Not so rosy for our planet.

The cut flowers grown in St. Fagans gardens have been grown from seeds sown in April in our unheated greenhouses. They were planted outside in May when the weather was warming up and have been growing happily and healthily producing beautiful blooms throughout Summer. No pesticides, fertilizers or harmful chemicals were used in this process. Besides being grown sustainably the flowers also provide a source of nectar for pollinators including bees and butterflies. It is always a great joy to admire the hive of activity in our cut flower bed. 

The flowers are harvested in dry weather when they are partially or fully open. Excess foliage is removed, small bunches of flowers are tied together and hung upside down on bamboo canes or strings in a dark and dry area with good air circulation. The flowers are left to dry for two to three weeks until completely dry. Floral arrangements including bouquets, posies, buttonholes, corsages, floral crowns and wreaths can be created with dried flowers. 

There is a vast number of plants that can be dried and used in floral arrangements. Drying flowers such as lavender and hydrangeas or grasses such as Stipa gigantea and Pampas grass is a great way to get started. The stars of our cut flower garden this year are: Limonium sinuatum, Craspedia globosa, Helipterum roseum, Achillea millefolium ‘Cassis’, Limonium suworowii ‘Rat Tail’ and the soft grass Panicum elegans ‘Sprinkles’. 

If you are coming to St. Fagans National Museum of History, please visit our magnificent gardens and take a look at the beautiful floral arrangements available in the Museum shop. 



Celf a Cherdd: Arddangosfa Ryngweithiol

Rachel Carney, 30 Awst 2022

Beth sy’n gwneud i chi dreulio amser yn edrych ar baentiad penodol? Beth sy’n eich tynnu chi i mewn? Gall fod yn anodd crisialu’r meddyliau hyn mewn geiriau, a dyna lle gall barddoniaeth helpu.

Rhwng 6 Medi ac 6 Tachwedd, bydd arddangosfa farddoniaeth ryngweithiol yn ein horiel ‘Celf ym Mhrydain y Ddeunawfed Ganrif’. Bydd modd i chi ddarllen (neu wrando ar) nifer o gerddi a luniwyd mewn ymateb i rai o’r paentiadau. Bydd hefyd gwahoddiad i chi roi cynnig ar lunio eich cerdd eich hunan...

Felly, efallai y byddwch chi’n gofyn, pam barddoniaeth? Gall barddoniaeth fynd â ni ar drywydd annisgwyl. Gall ein helpu ni i gyfleu syniadau ac argraffiadau nad oedden ni hyd yn oed yn ymwybodol ohonyn nhw, i ddeall ymateb ein hisymwybod i ddarn o waith celf. Gall ein helpu ni i ymgysylltu â chelf mewn ffordd wahanol, a’i gweld o safbwynt o’r newydd.

Does dim rhaid i’r cerddi fod yn ‘dda’. Does dim rhaid iddi edrych fel cerdd hyd yn oed. Mae’n ymwneud ag arafu a gadael i ran wahanol o’ch ymennydd gymryd y llyw – y rhan o’ch ymennydd sy’n myfyrio mewn ffyrdd nad ydych chi’n ymwybodol ohonyn nhw, wrth i chi edrych ar waith celf, gan drosi eich meddyliau’n eiriau.

Does dim atebion ‘cywir’ nac ‘anghywir’. Bydd pob ymateb creadigol yn rhoi dehongliad newydd i ni, lens newydd y gallwn weld drwyddi.

Bydd yr arddangosfa ryngweithiol yn cynnwys cerddi a luniwyd gan grŵp amrywiol o unigolion a gymerodd ran mewn cyfres o weithdai ysgrifennu yr haf hwn, ochr yn ochr â cherddi a luniwyd gan ymwelwyr i’r amgueddfa. Mae’r arddangosfa’n ffurfio rhan o broject ymchwil PhD a drefnwyd gan y bardd sy’n byw yng Nghaerdydd, Rachel Carney, a ariennir gan Bartneriaeth Hyfforddiant Doethurol Cymru a De Orllewin Lloegr.

Gwrandewch ar y cerddi ar ein tudalen Digwyddiadau.

Dysgwch fwy am yr ymchwil hon, a sut gallwch chi helpu.

Gallwch ddarllen a chymryd rhan mewn project tebyg hefyd: Celf a Geiriau, a gynhaliwyd ar Instagram yn 2021.

Patchwork of Memories – Remembrance and grief during Covid 19

Loveday Williams, 13 Gorffennaf 2022

In 2020 Amgueddfa Cymru and Cruse Bereavement Support Cymru came together to support people across the country through their grief and create a lasting memorial full of memories to those lost during the time of Covid-19. It involved creating a square patch containing a memory of a loved one, in which ever way people chose, in whatever words or images they liked. Each patch created demonstrated a visual display of lasting memories of someone they loved who had died, created in unprecedented times.  50+ patches were sent to the Museum and have been carefully sewn together to form a Patchwork of Memories.

For the last two year we have all lived very different lives, with change to our normal the only constant. Losing a loved one is always hard but usually we have the comfort of others and collective mourning at funerals to help us say goodbye and share our memories.  However, a death in the last two years has meant many of us being cut off from our support networks and our rituals or remembrance being altered.  

Rhiannon Thomas, previous Learning Manager at St Fagans said about this project “Helping people with grief is something that I am personally passionate about. Having worked with Cruse Bereavement Support previously to support families I felt the Museum was able to help families dealing with loss in a different way.  Amgueddfa Cymru and Cruse Bereavement Support Wales came together to create a project based around creativity and memory, the aim being to make a lasting memorial to those who have died during the pandemic.” 

Creating something is not a new response to grief, there are several Embroidery samplers in Amgueddfa Cymru’s collections made in memory of loved ones or marking their passing.   This sampler by M.E. Powell was created in 1906 in memory of her mother.   Creativity during difficult times of our lives can help all of us to express deep held emotions that we do not always have the ability to put into words. 

Bereavement Support Days

Alongside the Patchwork of Memories initiative, the Cruse / Museum Partnership also provide a safe inspirational space for the increasing numbers of children and young people awaiting bereavement support and help meet the diverse needs of bereaved children, young people and families who benefit from coming together to rationalise, explore and understand that they are not alone in their grief. 

A series of quarterly Bereavement Support Days are held in partnership with St Fagans, for children, young people and their families experiencing grief and loss. There is specialist support from Cruse staff and volunteers along with art and craft activities provided by Head for Arts and immersive Virtual Reality experiences provided by PlayFrame, which are light-hearted, allowing people attending the chance to make and create things that can be taken home with them and or captured and stored into a virtual memory box. The activities available are designed to stimulate rather that prompt.

Here is the film created by PlayFrame on Ekeko, the virtual memory space they have been creating alongside this project, installing objects, memories and stories donated by participants into a virtual memory box for people to enter and explore: 

And a link the virtual reality memory space itself:

Alison Thomas, Cruse CYP Wales Lead said “Cruse Bereavement Support Wales provides in person support to children and young people within a variety of settings, so we see first-hand how difficult it can be for grieving children and young people. Their collective support on these days allows families the time and space to verbalise and begin to understand their loss and associated emotions. The focus of the Bereavement Support days is around children and young people, however, the benefits resonate through the whole family including the adults in attendance, some of whom require bereavement support on the day, most of whom stay for the duration and share a cuppa and chat with other bereaved parents and guardians. Following the session, the whole family can have a look around the Museum and spend time together in a safe and nurturing setting.”

Here are some of the written (in their own handwriting) evaluation feedback quotes from children, young people and parents / guardians who have attended the Bereavement Days:

'I feel calmer, less worried.  It was good being able to speak to people my age who understood what I'm going through.'

'I was very included in all the activities and was always involved in conversation.  There was a calm atmosphere making it easier to speak to people there.'

'I was very welcomed and was immediately approached by a friendly face.  It was very inviting and was easy to speak to people there.'


'Love 🙂 happy'

'Thank you Diolch, Diolch 🙂'

A mother of one of the young people said 'I feel much better than I did.'

Another mother said 'All was lovely, made to feel welcome, everything we did was good and the girls enjoyed themselves.'

The two memory quilts will be competed by the end of August 2022, following which we will hold a final project event with Cruse Bereavement Support Wales on 25th September at St Fagans National Museum of History, where we will display the two quilts and invite both the contributors who sent squares and the participants from the Bereavement Support Days to attend, along with the public, to see the quilts and share their experiences of taking part in the process.

We look forward to seeing you there.