Worktown: The Drawings of Falcon Hildred, Kidwelly Industrial Museum on 21 October and running until 25 November, 2015

Opening at Kidwelly Industrial Museum on Tuesday, 21 October, and running until Wednesday, 25 November, 2015, Worktown: The Drawings of Falcon Hildred is a panel-based exhibition of the work of Falcon Hildred, the highly accomplished landscape artist from Blaenau Ffestiniog. Since the late 1950s, Falcon Hildred’s mission has been to make a visual record of the buildings of a disappearing industrial culture, which he calls collectively ”worktown”. His meticulous and often highly evocative drawings capture vital information about townscapes, mills, factories, quarries, workers’ houses, libraries, chapels and many other sites and buildings capturing the industrial age in all its grimy vitality. Much of this exhibition relates to the north-Wales slate industry and, in particular, Blaenau Ffestiniog, the artist’s home since 1969 and a place he has recorded extensively. Exhibition images include Two views of Pant-yr-ynn mill, 2007, a mill worked by the Diffwys Casson quarry in 1846, later becoming Falcon’s home and gallery in 1969. Other highlights depicting familiar scenes from Blaenau Ffestiniog include a number of drawings of the Maenofferen, Rhiw-bach and Oakley slate quarries as well as Tŷ Uncorn, one of the oldest surviving domestic buildings associated with the slate industry in the area. This was built about 1810 by Lord Newborough to house workers; it comprises four dwellings clustered around a shared central chimney stack. The exhibition itself forms part of The Falcon Hildred Access and Learning Project, a partnership project between The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, who, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, acquired over 600 original drawings by Falcon Hildred in 2012. These have all been digitised and are available to access freely on the Royal Commission’s online database


Kidwelly Industrial Museum is open every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and other times by arrangement via email

Photo caption (photo in header photo)

Drum house at Rhiw-bach Quarry, 1981

© Crown copyright: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales; Falcon Hildred Collection



Amazing ‘First Fantastic Day Out’ at the museum

A very successful first  “Fantastic Day Out” was held at the Kidwelly Industrial Museum on Sunday 13th September 2015. The Museum enjoyed working with the Ferryside Classic Car Club who hosted the entire day. It is hoped to repeat this experience in the  near future. Photographs of the day have be uploaded to the site here and to the facebook page very soon.

Fantastic Open Day

The Kidwelly Industrial Museum and the Ferryside Classic Club
are hosting an Open Day on Sunday 13th September 2015
Gates open 10.30 – 4.30, there is FREE entry and parking and a number of attractions including a selection of vintage and classic car, tractors, machinery, displays from “Bygone Days” that you may remember and guided tours.

We will also have a Children’s FunFair, Bouncy Castle, Party Bus, caterers and ice cream vans

We look forward to seeing you

Sad News

Fellow Trustees, Honorary Curator and the Museum Mentor have been greatly saddened to receive the news of County Councillor Keith Davies sudden death on Friday 28 August. Keith, besides his many other activities for Kidwelly, was a much respected trustee of the museum. Our deepest condolences to his wife and family

Kimmi Cat

This cat sculpture has been mentioned in an earlier post made by Danielle Jones at the Carmarthen School of Art. Now named Kimmi, the sculpture is a permanent fixture at the museum. It will be displayed next to the reception building for this season and then it will be rehoused during the winter.

The museum would like to thank Danielle for donating the sculpture.

KIM meets AIM

Our Chairperson and Curator are out and about this week meeting people from other museums at the Association of Independent Museum (AIM) Conference at the SS Great Britain in Bristol….. Keep an eye on our twitter feed to see what they are up too….. @KIMTinplate


Roll up, Roll up and see the galleries

We have added two new galleries to the website, one illustrates the images taken by regular visitors and tourists and a wedding couple. the second illustrates the dress rehearsal of very sucessful performance of a series of dramas situated at the Museum over a two day period.

Do you have photographs you would like to share with us? Please contact us at to join in.

The Pussycat and the Museum

Part of the Forward Plan for the Museum is to encourage new opportunities at the site and in keeping with this; a joint project to look at sculpture in an industrial setting.  During the next few weeks a sculpture called the “Kidwelly Industrial Cat” by Danielle Jones will be placed on site. Danielle has written a piece to accompany the the sculpture, it discusses her inspiration and her fabrication techniques. To see her written piece Kidwelly Cat Piece.