Between 4 and 12 October Tenby Museum and Art Gallery took part in the first ever Welsh Museums Festival. Tenby was just one of many museums who staged a specific display for this new initiative and presented two displays on the Processes of Conservation, based on recent work that was undertaken on the unique 16th century cannon and various works of art from the museum’s collection.
David Anderson, Director of National Museums Wales and President of the Museums Association said, “The Welsh Museums Festival provides an important platform for museums to promote the quality and the breadth of the collections and the work being done by every sector in every corner of Wales…Museums are more than just a collection of buildings and objects. They provide people with affordable, inspiring and uplifting things to do and places to go, on their own or with their families and friends, which can help improve their quality of life.”
Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism commented, “Museums are an integral part of our communities in Wales. As well as serving local people they also contribute to the economy through tourism.”
Mark Lewis, Collections Manager at Tenby said, “Tenby Museum and Art Gallery is the oldest independent museum in Wales, having been established in 1878. We are proud to be part of this first national initiative and hope that there are many more such festivals in the future.”
Statistically museums in Wales care for approximately 5,500,000 items with Tenby’s collection estimated around 55,000 items ranging from art, geology, natural history, photographs, maritime and social history. Through their collections museums strengthen their community identity and Tenby Museum has a gallery specifically dedicated to the Story of Tenby, telling the story of the town in text, image, object and film from its earliest days through to the present day. Mark said, “As an independent museum we do have to make an admission charge but the ticket is then valid for a year and we have regularly changing exhibitions and displays and hold frequent events as part of World Book Day, the Big Draw, National Archaeology Week and Kids in Museums Takeover Day as well as talks, storytelling and hands on displays. The museum empowers visitors through participation and inspiration and provides an uplifting and enjoyable experience”