The Kidwelly Industrial Museum, as an accredited museum, has a Forward Plan and this includes a number of projects that have been identified by the trust to preserve, conserve and maintain the collection and the buildings.
As well as housing the Kidwelly tinplate mill and associated machinery, the museum also displays information relating to other industries in the Carmarthenshire area. One of the new projects that the museum is progressing with is concerned with coal mining in the Gwendraeth area and the Morlais pit in particular. Recently the Hon. Curator gave a talk about this project to see a power point presentation of the talk please click here
The last slide in the presentation asks “What can we do together to take the project forward?”……
Do you have any information, stories, photographs, experiences or artifacts that you would like to share with us. Did you or a member of your family work in any of the Gwendraeth coal workings or the Morlais Pit or any associated industry? It is your stories, photographs, and artefacts that will shape the new exhibition at the museum. We would like to portray your experiences; talk about how mining affected you, your family and your town or village.
Yarnbombing a steam engine? Really?
In 2015, the Town of Kidwelly is celebrating its 900 year anniversary for receiving a Royal Charter. The Town will be celebrating with a number of events, some of which will be hosted by the Museum. However, possibly the strangest of these will be our yarnbombing event… We are aiming to yarnbomb a steam train…
Why? One of the main strategies of the Museum’s Forward plan is to introduce new audiences to the site, to think outside of the ‘box’, and thanks to an idea planted by a speaker at the 2013 Association of Independent Museums conference we felt that a yarnbombing event might help to encourage new connections, new interests, to make people ask what we are doing and to want to know more about this unique site.
The objective of the yarnbombing event is to inspire people, both local and from further afield to be part of this mad project which endeavours to reflect the local, national and international significance of this site and the tinplate industry.
More information about other projects that the museum is undertaking will be updated here over the next month, please bear with us……… Thanks 🙂