Events in Swansea: museums

Swansea Museum

20 minutes walk from our Bed and Breakfast

http://www.swanseamuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events

 

 

 

Saturday 21st Ocotober to Sunday 18th March 2018

Generation Games

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our B&B

 

One man’s collection of computer games consoles is to go on show at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea in a new Generation Games exhibition.

Consoles from every one of the eight generations of consoles so far released in the UK are included in the exhibition, which allows visitors to try out the games of yesteryear.

And how far the concept has come since the gaming console first appeared in the UK in 1973 will amaze those who have grown up never knowing a world without Nintendo.

Samuel Anstee from Caerphilly in south Wales has been playing computer games from a young age, having been born in 1972 – the year the first recognisable console, the Odyssey made by Magnavox, came off the production line. Samuel’s collection includes a rare Odyssey made in that first two-week manufacturing run in the US in August 1972 – the Odyssey reached the UK in 1973.

The history of video game consoles is divided into eight ‘Generations’ and the exhibition features them all. It starts from Generation One – the early 1970s when players would often have to mount a plastic screen on their TV to give some simulation of graphics, draw cards from a pack to give them new tasks and even keep score with a pencil and paper – right up to today’s Generation Eight virtual reality games.

Starting on 21 October, 2017 and running through to March 2018, the exhibition will include a playable version of a game from each Generation, such as Generation Five’s early Tomb Raider, and Tetris on an original 1990 Game Boy, as well as showcasing consoles from across the years.

Samuel was hooked on playing games before he decided to collect the actual consoles. His amazing collection now includes one of every console released in the UK since 1972. With a view to displaying them, he approached Pontypool Museum which has worked with the National Waterfront Museum to put the Generation Games exhibition together. The exhibition will be hosted in Pontypool in 2018.

Andrew Deathe, who has researched the exhibition, says the spread of consoles span the early years “when they were the missing link between board games and computers” right up to the present, speculating on the current gamers’ conversations of what will constitute Generation Nine.

“One thing that you realise hasn’t changed is the storyline for many games. Even the very simple ones feature elements where one person is trying to blast another, shooting aliens or trying to beat your opponent at a sport like tennis. But now the technology has caught up and is able to give us so much more. I know Samuel sees virtual reality as finally giving him the opportunity to be part of the action – the games are at last able to live up to that promise!”

The exhibition is free thanks to the support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. It is in partnership with Torfaen Museum Trust and is grant assisted by the Federation of Museums and Galleries in Wales and MALD (Welsh Government).

 

 

Saturday 20th January

Be a Game Creator

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our hotel

 

Suitability: Ideal for 7 – 11 year olds

 

Booking: Please phone (029) 2057 3600 to book a place.

 

Join award winning Big Learning Company to have a go at building and coding your own computer game using

 

Bloxels and the BBC Microbit!

 

10.30 - 4.30

FREE

 

Saturday 20th January

Citizen Clem

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our B&B

 

Arguably the most successful peacetime PM in British history, Clement Attlee presided over the most radical government in Britain since the 17th century.

 

But who was Attlee? The unknown and `invisible’ Prime Minister who steered Britain from the bankruptcy and devastation of post-war to the foundation of the Welfare State?

 

Talk by Anthea Symonds, Swansea University.

 

Organised by the Historical Association, Swansea Branch

 

11am

FREE

 

Sunday 21st January

Love Sunday

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our guesthouse

 

Join us to celebrate Santes Dwynwen, the Welsh patron Saint of Lovers in this afternoon of all things LOVE.

 

Featuring, magical live harp and folk music performances, cwtch crafts, storytelling and our curators cabinet of curiosities!

12 - 4pm

FREE

 

Sunday 21st January

Curator’s Cabinet of Curiosities – Love

National Waterfront Museum - 20 mins walk from our hotel

 

Pop in to meet our curator and find out about their fascinating collection of themed artefacts

 

12.30 - 2pm

FREE

 

Tuesday 23rd January

Explore Books

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our B&B

 

10.30 - 12.30

Cost: Free

 

Suitability: Adults

 

Booking: Please phone (029) 2057 3600 to book a place.

 

Come along to discuss authors and books old and new. Different from a regular book club there is no need to have read the book in advance!

 

With set themes and authors this is a chance to discover different books that you might be inspired to go on and read.

 

The theme for the Autumn term will be American Authors.

 

Wednesday 24th January

Science Cafe

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our guesthouse

 

The Swansea Science Cafe does FameLab! This is the chance to see contestants in this famous Science Communication competition compete to win a place in the Wales final. Each presenter is given just three minutes to convey some exciting area of science to the audience and they will be scored by an eminent judging panel including Tim Rutter (TATA Steel), Tim Cockerill (TV and radio presenter) and Dr Ruth Callaway (SEACAMS, Swansea University).

 

There is still time to enter!

 

Eligibility – To enter you must be aged 21 or over, and studying or working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (this includes specialist science or maths teachers).

 

https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/famelab/

 

Then what? – Prepare your three minute presentation and turn up on the day of your heat to take part!

 

Information sessions for contestants will be held on in Swansea University in the Singleton https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/qxnrt and Bay campuses https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/bolpy. The sessions will help you learn more about the Famelab competition, what’s involved and the benefits of taking part. You will also receive some initial training to help you start to prepare your presentation.

 

Join us each month as we invite a leading expert in their field to give an introductory talk followed by friendly informal discussion.

 

Sit back and listen or get involved in the discussion and debate.

 

Friday 26th january

Explore Classic Films

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our guesthouse

 

She hopes for a glamour job in one of the services, but as a single girl she is directed into a factory making aircraft parts. Here she meets other girls from all different walks of life, and begins a relationship with a young airman.

 

Explore Classic Film screenings are held on the last Friday of the month and feature an introduction to the social and cultural context of each film.

 

Friday 26th January

Stargazing Evening

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our B&B

 

Join us for a special winter stargazing evening whilst the skies are at their darkest.

 

Meet the team from the Swansea Astronomical Society who will guide you through how to use a telescope, take part in a gallery quiz trail, and enjoy 3D film presentations with Astrocymru, plus cosmic crafts for kids.

 

7 - 10pm

FREE

 

Saturday 27th January

Thrifty Kids: Pom Poms Pal

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our guesthouse

 

Learn how to make handmade pom-poms from colourful wool and turn them into little animal pet pals.

10.30 - 12.30

FREE

 

Saturday 27th January

Amazing Astronomy Day

National Waterfront museum - 20mins walk from our hotel

 

A full day to inspire, inform and celebrate all things in the night sky.

 

Featuring:

 

Fascinating talks

 

3D space films

 

Cosmic Crafts

 

Meteorite display.

 

Gallery Quiz Trail

 

Replicas of Galileo and Newton’s telescopes

 

A whistle stop Steller Star Dome tour

 

12 - 4PM

FREE

 

Saturday 27th January

Star Dome

National waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our  B&B

 

An awe inspiring whistle-stop tour of the stars in an inflatable planetarium. This exhilarating show brought to us by Dark Sky Wales will launch you interstellar to view constellations, planets and our galaxy.

 

(40 minute show duration)

 

Show times - 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

 

booking essential -  (029) 2057 3600

 

Saturday 27th January

Journey to Space 3D, (2015)

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our bed and breakfast

 

In the past half century, humans have punched through the stratosphere, walked on the moon, and lived continuously in orbit. In the coming decades, our unquenchable curiosity will take our species beyond the cradle of Earth to touch the face of another world. Strap in for the next giant leap. Next stop … Mars!

 

Saturday 27th January

Lazy Crafternoons: Tassels and Pom Poms

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our guesthouse

 

Join eco designer Helen Stew for this special upcycling workshop to create must-have, re-styled decorations and accessories, all in an afternoon.

 

This month, join us in escaping the winter blues by making vibrant on-trend pom-pom or tassel decorations for home or must have fashion accessories including garlands and bag charms.

 

Materials provided.

 

All abilities welcome

 

Starts at 1.30pm, £5 per person

 

Saturday 27th January

Saturn’s Moons – Guardians of the Rings

National waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our hotel

 

The moons of Saturn have provided scientists with a wealth of data that may help explain how planetary systems form and how the structures in Saturn’s rings are formed. In this amazing presentation, stunning images show icy worlds that are active from Enceladus’ plumes to the two-tone world of Iapetus – a world whose likeness was predicted by Cassini in the 17th Century.

 

Take a dramatic voyage with presenter Andrew Lound accompanied by wonderful images and music.

 

2 - 4pm FREE

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 30th January

Explore Books

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our B&B

 

10.30 - 12.30

Cost: Free

 

Suitability: Adults

 

Booking: Please phone (029) 2057 3600 to book a place.

 

Come along to discuss authors and books old and new. Different from a regular book club there is no need to have read the book in advance!

 

With set themes and authors this is a chance to discover different books that you might be inspired to go on and read.

 

The theme for the Autumn term will be American Authors.

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