Tenby’s RNLI Storm Barometer

Posted on Jul 6, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

The storm barometer on display at Tenby Museum is one of a series of two hundred distributed around the country by the RNLI between 1860 and 1900.  They were provided for the fishing and seafaring population.  No. 11 is the series was presented to Tenby in 1861 by Charles Allen, a local benefactor.  It was […]

Tenby Museum and the #YearoftheSea

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

“The remarkable purity and clearness of the water, its entire freedom from mud and the firmness and gradual descent of the sands, render Tenby peculiarly desirable as a bathing place” Richard Mason, 1864 The sea has always played an important role in the story of Tenby. The Welsh name for Tenby is Dinbych-y-Pysgod, which translates […]

Listen very carefully – A Talk on Spy Films is coming

Posted on Jul 3, 2018 in Blog, Event Archive | No Comments

Tenby Museum is fortunate to have the acknowledged expert on spy movies giving a talk at the museum on Friday 20 July. Film historian Richard Rhys Davies is the author of The International Spy Guide 1945 – 1989, a book described by Anthony Horowitz (who is widely published and the author of the James Bond novel Trigger […]

Happy Birthday, Gwen John!

Posted 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 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 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 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 on Jun 11, 2018 in Blog, Exhibition Archive | 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 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 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 […]