Happy Birthday, Gwen John!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

Today marks the 142nd anniversary of the artist Gwen John’s birth. She was born Gwendoline Mary John in Haverfordwest, the second of four children to Edwin and Augusta John, with Thornton being the eldest, Augustus born in 1878 and Winifred a year later.  She and Augustus inherited their artistic talents from their mother, who encouraged […]

Prehistoric Ox Horns

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

It sometimes amazes me what artefacts we have here in Tenby Museum. Only recently I was browsing through the substantial archaeological collections on the hunt for some finds from Hoyle’s Mouth Cave and came across these wonderful prehistoric horn cores of a great wild ox.  Research into the documentation system revealed that these were found […]

Augustus John palette on loan

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

 This palette was used by artist Augustus John (born in Tenby in 1878) whilst he had a studio at 33 Tite Street in Chelsea between 1940 and 1950. The premises had previously been used by artists James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. When Oscar Wilde witnessed actress Ellen Terry emerge from a carriage dressed […]

Celebrating the Year of the Sea Opens!

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

The new joint exhibition Celebrating the Year of the Sea by Anna Waters and Dawny Tootes was officially opened at the museum on Friday 15 June. The exhibition was formally opened by Michael O’Dwyer, owner of the Cwtch Café Shop and Art Gallery in Pembroke Dock. Michael spoke of how artists face day to day challenges, […]

Celebrating the Year of the Sea in Art

Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

Established Pembrokeshire artists Anna Waters and Dawny Tootes have joined forces to celebrate 2018 as The Year of the Sea in a joint exhibition at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery. Anna Waters, based at her studio/gallery on Milford Marina, has been painting the land and seascapes of Pembrokeshire for many years, whether representative or more […]

Book of the Month – Tales and Traditions of Tenby

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

Edited and compiled by George Phillip William Scott (1858) Published by R. Mason, High Street, Tenby  The book measures 17cm x 11cm x 7.75cm, with 160 pages including 6 full plates (of subjects such as Tenby North Cliff, Penally and Carew. It is bound in period paper backed printed board, with a brown leather binding […]


Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

Today marks the 74th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings in Normandy, where over 156,000 Allied troops were put ashore at France to start the push-back of the German troops in Europe. Tenby had played its part in the lead up to these historic events. Exercise Jantzen was a training exercise in preparation for […]

Summer Solstice Folk & Jazz Extravaganza!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Blog, Event Archive | No Comments

In case you missed the magnificent sell-out Twelfth Night jazz and folk musical performance at the museum earlier this year – this was an historic occasion as it was the first ever music concert in the long history of the museum – or if you were there for the magic of that occasion, then there […]

National Smile Month

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

As part of National Smile Month, Tenby Museum is celebrating the UK’s largest oral health campaign with a selection of dentistry tools that were gifted to us in 2008. These instruments of medicine (or torture for all you odontophobics out there) were used by Tenby dentist Tom Brazier, who practiced in Warren Street from 1900. […]