Events in Swansea: museums

Swansea Museum

20 minutes walk from our Bed and Breakfast




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).



Friday 17th November

Wine Tasting Talk – Italian Wines for the Festive Season

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our guesthouse


Booking: £15/£12.50 concessions. Available from the Museum gift shop or over the phone (029) 2057 3600

Start the festive season, with a selection of sumptuous Italian wines.

With detailed backgrounds for each wine, and accompanied by regional music and location maps, this is a highly enjoyable and informative evening. Led by Join Prof John Cope, National Museum Cardiff, and Steph Mastoris, Head of National Waterfront Museum.

7 - 10pm


Saturday & Sunday, 18th/19th November

Green Fayre

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our hotel


Swansea’s Green Fayre is a unique experience with the environment and ethics at its heart. Discover a huge number of stalls including fresh tasty local produce and talented craftspeople offering green festive gifts. Be inspired by local volunteer projects and campaign groups alongside top tips on how to live more sustainably. Gain skills and learn more about green issues through a series of free talks and workshops – small actions can make a difference to big problems.

With FREE ENTRY and kids activities, it’s a great day out for all the family! Open 10am – 5pm both days.


Saturday 18th November

Learning from Sabrina: The great Severn Flood of 1607

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our guesthouse


On 30 January 1607, around noon, the coasts of the Bristol Channel suffered from unexpectedly high flooding that broke the coastal defences. The devastation was particularly severe on the Welsh side, extending all the way from Laugharne to Chepstow.

It is estimated that 2,000 or more people were drowned, houses and villages were swept away, farmland inundated, and livestock destroyed, wrecking the local economy along the coasts of the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary.

Join us for this moving talk with Dr Mark Lewis, Senior Curator (National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon)

Organised by Historical Association, Swansea Branch.


11am - 1pm



Saturday 18th November

Bay of plenty: Stories of the City, Campus and culture

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


As Swansea University approaches its centenary in 2020, bring the whole family along to explore 100 years of swansea`s human stories.


1.30 - 3.30pm



Tuesday 21st November

My Family and Empire 

Swansea Central Library, Civic Centre - 10mins walk from our B&B


Hosted by Research Institute for Arts and Humanities


Part of Being Human Festival 2017 - a festival of the humanities


Do you have a family story connected to the British Empire? Or are you simply interested in learning more? Here’s a chance to put your own experiences, and those of relatives and friends, into historical context. Led by Dr Catherine Fletcher of Swansea University, whose grandparents worked as missionaries in India (1940s-1960s), it will explore the range of archive resources available on these complex family histories.


This is an interactive session and you are encouraged to bring along letters, photographs and objects connected to the workshop theme.


Age 11+ (under-16s accompanied by an adult)



Thursday 23rd November

Get it Loud

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our hotel


Join us as we bring the Museum to life after dark with a live music gig from Betsy.

Tickets £8 from



Friday 24th November

Explore Classic Films

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


The Lavender Hill Mob

A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipment of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbour to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country as miniature Eiffel Towers.

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.



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