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Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery Events and Exhibitions 2014
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2014 Cyfarthfa Castle Events and Exhibitions

Thursday's in July: Painting the Past - Adult Workshop

This is a chance for any adults to paint a part of a mural representing Merthyr's involvement in World War One. Every Thursday in July we will have workshop sessions teaching popular styles of painting during the war period and then we will use those skills to create a huge piece of art that will be displayed in the '100 Years Ago' exhibition at Cyfarthfa Castle. If you want to learn to paint or if you want to learn new ways of painting then this workshop is for you. Cost of workshop £25 per person. BOOKING ESSTENTIAL and you must be able to commit to the following dates and times: 6:30pm to 8:30pm on 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th July.

July 22nd & 23rd: The Great Coin Hunt!

Kids will get a chance to use a metal detector and search the castle front for a range of historical coins. Runs between 11:00am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm. Drop-in event. Waiting times can vary. COST OF WORKSHOP £1:00 PER CHILD (For two turns at finding a coin). Event will take place on Castle Front and is WEATHER DEPENDANT.


'100 Years Ago' - Great War Commemoration Events

AUGUST 4TH - SEPTEMBER 28TH: 100 Years Ago - Merthyr Tydfil and the Great War

On August 4th, 1914, British forces joined others in the First World War and for the next four years the people of Britain witnessed the largest war ever seen. Now 100 years later this exhibition looks back on how the people of Merthyr Tydfil were affected. How they fought back and coped with the huge losses. (THIS EXHIBITION IS FUNDING DEPENDANT SO PLEASE CHECK NEARER THE TIME FOR CONFIRMATION)


AUGUST 5TH & 6TH: Commemorative Poppy Making

As part of Cyfarthfa's WW1 commemoration we are asking families to Drop-in to this FREE workshop and make a poppy, then inscribe it with the name of one of Merthyr's fallen soldiers and add it to a canvass with others. When the workshop ends the canvass will go on display in the '100 years ago'. FREE drop-in workshop Held at CYFARTHFA CASTLE. Sessions run from 11:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm. If the workshop is full waiting times can vary. Names will be taken at reception if the workshop is full. (THIS WORKSHOP IS FUNDING DEPENDANT SO PLEASE CHECK NEARER THE TIME FOR CONFIRMATION)


SEPTEMBER 10TH: Merthyr During World War One - A seated talk

This talk will go in depth into what Merthyr Tydfil was like at the outbreak of War, during, and after the most destructive conflict the world had seen up to that point. BOOKING ESSTENTIAL. FREE. Starts at 6:30pm at Cyfarthfa Castle.


SEPTEMBER 12TH: Family History Day

The Glamorgan Family History Society will be hosting a day where you can drop in with your family stories and objects relating to WW1. Help will be on hand to start you researching your own family's part in the War. Open between 11:00am & 4:00pm


AUGUST 19th & 20th: Paint & Name Shackleton's 100 year old Penguin

In 1914 Ernest Shackleton began his Antarctic expedition. He brought back many examples of wildlife, one of those examples has been in Cyfarthfa for decades; a King Penguin. Drop-in to this FREE family workshop and draw and paint an image of a penguin, then think of a great name and pin it up. The best painted Penguin will be chosen at the end and the 100 year old Penguin at Cyfarthfa will then be named after the winner painting. FREE drop-in workshop Held at CAOLFAN CYFARTFA (NEXT TO SPLASH PAD). Sessions run from 11:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm. If the workshop is full waiting times can vary.


SEPTEMBER 17th: Origins of Spinning - A talk and introductory Workshop

If you want to learn more about Spinning and want to give it a go then this workshop is a perfect way of doing just that. BOOKING ESSTENTIAL. Starts at 3:00pm. FREE.


OCTOBER 8th: The Industrial Art Of Cyfarthfa Castle

This seated talk will showcase the astounding range of industrial art contained at Cyfarthfa and it will tell the story behind the painting and highlight the importance of Wales during the 19th and early 20th Century. BOOKING ESSETIAL. Starts at 6:30pm. FREE.


OCTOBER 6TH - 28TH: Gates Art Group Exhibition

An eclectic selection of artwork from the Merthyr Tydfil based Gates Art Group.


OCTOBER 30TH & 31ST: Halloween Scene

Come along to this FREE family workshop and make a spooky Halloween scene. A perfect Halloween decoration. Drop-in workshop so no need to book. Waiting times can vary. Sessions run from 11:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 3:30pm.


NOVEMBER 4TH - DECEMBER 8TH: An Exhibition of Art By Steve Kanapik

Local artist Steve Kanapik has his first solo art exhibition at Cyfarthfa Castle. A stunning selection of landscapes will be on show.


NOVEMBER 19th: Becoming an history researcher - Talk and Practical Workshop

Come along to this FREE talk and workshop if you are interested in finding out more about an historical period or even your own family history. This session will introduce you to the many different ways you can research history and what you can get from a range of different sources. You will leave the basic skills any historical researcher needs.


Christmas at the Castle

NOVEMBER 29th: Make your Own Christmas Cards!

Christmas cards were popularised by the Victorians and the vast majority in those times were homemade. Drop-in to this workshop to make your own Christmas Cards using felt, glitter, and lots more. Cost per child 50p (each child can make 2 cards). Drop in workshop, waiting times can vary. Sessions run from 12:30pm to 3:30pm on both days.


DECEMBER 6th: Christmas Craft Fair & Meet Father Christmas at Cyfarthfa Castle

Come along to our Christmas craft fair to find the perfect gift and bring along the kids to meet Father Christmas Craft Fair is Open from 10:30am to 4:00pm and drop-in to meet Father Christmas between 11:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The cost of meeting Santa is £2.00 per child (present included and there is no charge for adults). Drop-in event so no booking required. Waiting Times can vary.


DECEMBER 9th & 10th: Victorian Christmas Cracker Making

Christmas crackers were invented by Victorian sweet shop owners to sell more sweets at Christmas time. Come along to this adult workshop and make some authentic Christmas crackers for your Christmas tree. . BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Cost per person is £5.00, please call for session times and more details. Adult evening workshop.


Throughout 2014 - Cyfarthfa Castle Family History Society

If you are interested in finding out more about your families past, drop-in to any of the below sessions for help & advice. Sessions run from 10:00am to 3:30pm on the below dates: February 14th April 25th May 30th July 25th August 29th September 26th October 29th November 28th


If you want more information or you want to book an event please contact us by phone or e-mail -


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Last updated: 17.07.2014
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