Welsh Museums Go International

Welsh museums go international

We are pleased to share some news from museums in Wales that have been involved with international projects, partnerships and visits.


ICOM Kyoto 2019

People’s Collection Wales recently attended the International Council of Museums Conference (ICOM) in Kyoto, Japan. The theme for this year’s triennial conference was Establishing Museums as Cultural Hubs. ICOM’s 42 sub-committees explored how museums can connect with their communities in order to collect, interpret and preserve local cultural heritage.
People’s Collection Wales addressed many of the questions raised and delivered two sessions focussing on museums as hubs of contemporary collecting and establishing museums as community hubs. Presented by Kay Hanson, Senior Developer for People’s Collection Wales and Gruffydd Jones, Field Officer for People Collections Wales, the sessions were of great interest to the international delegates. The team also made connections with Japanese societies including, Kansai St. David’s Society Osaka; Welsh Japanese Society Tokyo and Welsh Studies Society Tokyo.

Yn ddiweddar, mynychodd Casgliad y Werin Cymru y Gynhadledd International Council of Museums Conference (ICOM) yn Kyoto, Japan. Thema’r gynhadledd, sy’n rhedeg pob tair mlynedd, oedd Sefydlu Amgueddfeydd fel Hwb Diwylliannol. Bu 42 pwyllgor ICOM yn trafod sut y gall amgueddfeydd gysylltu gyda chymdeithasau er mwyn casglu, dehongli a diogelu treftadaeth diwylliannol. Bu Casgliad y Werin Cymru yn trafod llawer o themâu gan ddarparu 2 sesiwn yn canolbwyntio ar amgueddfeydd fel hybiau casglu cyfoes, yn ogystal a sefydlu amgueddfeydd fel hybiau cymunedol. Roedd y sesiynau o ddiddordeb mawr i fynychwyr y gynhadledd a cyflwynir y sesiynau gan Kay Hanson, Uwch Ddatblygwr Digidol Casgliad y Werin Cymru, a Gruffydd Jones, Swyddog Maes Casgliad y Werin Cymru. Datblygodd y tîm berthynaf dda gyda chymdeithasau Japaneaidd hefyd, gan gynnwys Kansai St. David’s Society Osaka; Welsh Japanese Society Tokyo a Welsh Studies Society Tokyo.


A Visit from Spain

Professor Pilar Montero from Complutense University in Madrid recently visited National Museum Cardiff to discuss risk management of cultural heritage collections with Senior Preventive Conservator, Christian Baars (ICOM UK Committee Member) and Principal Preventive Conservator, Robert Pearce. Professor Montero is currently comparing methodologies and emergency management of museum collections in institutions across Europe and was very interested in our approach to emergency planning. The Professor was also happy to share the object salvage methodologies of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, whose flagship artwork is ‘Guernica’ by Picasso. The contact with Professor Montero was established through ICOM UK. ICOM UK provides international travel grants for museum staff and is able to assist with establishing international contacts.

Ymweliad o Sbaen

Yn ddiweddar ymwelodd yr Athro Pilar Montero o Brifysgol Complutense ym Madrid gyda Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd. Bu’r Athro yn trafod rheoli risg casgliadau treftadaeth ddiwylliannol gyda’r Uwch Swyddog Cadwraeth Ataliol, Christian Baars a Robert Pearce. Roedd yr Athro yn cymharu methodoleg a rheolaeth argyfwng o gasgliadau amgueddfeydd, mewn sefydliadau ledled Ewrop, ac roedd ganddi ddiddordeb mawr yn ein dull ni o gynllunio argyfwng. Roedd yr Athro hefyd yn hapus i rannu methodoleg yr amgueddfa Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía ynglŷn a sut i achub gwrthrychau. Mae gwaith celf flaenllaw’r amgueddfa yn cynnwys ‘Guernica’ gan Picasso. Sefydlwyd y cyswllt â’r Athro Montero trwy ICOM UK. Mae ICOM yn darparu grantiau teithio rhyngwladol ar gyfer staff amgueddfeydd ac yn gallu helpu gyda sefydlu cysylltiadau rhyngwladol.


Patagonia Trip Inspires exhibition

Andrea DeRome, Collections Access Officer at Ceredigion Museum travelled to Argentina in February 2019 with an ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grant.  The Cambrian News recently published an article about Andrea’s trip to Patagonia, Argentina and the exhibition that resulted from the visit.

A trip to Patagonia has had a lasting effect on Ceredigion Museum’s Andrea DeRome.

The journey to Argentina earlier this year has resulted in an exhibition currently on display in Aberystwyth.

The exhibition ‘Because it’s there’ examines human exploration: the desire to go beyond the horizon, climb the mountain, venture out across the ocean, fly among the stars, to discover something because it’s there, or rumoured to be there.

It features the tools and machinery that made things possible and uncover the stories of the brave people who took bold risks in their pursuit of new discoveries.

Andrea, who works as a collections access officer at Ceredigion Museum, travelled to Patagonia to research pioneering voyages for the exhibition, and the journey was made by support from the ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grant Scheme 2018-19.

Andrea, who is fascinated by the ocean, was keen to take the trip.

“Lured by tales about maritime wanderers I imagined voyages at sea, praying to survive a maelstrom, waiting for calmer winds and clearer skies. I became curious about the tools of celestial navigation and exploration, and in awe of those who went to sea.”

One pioneering voyage Andrea learnt more about began on 28 May 1865, when the anchor was raised on the sailing ship ‘Mimosa’ as it left for Patagonia in Argentina.

It took 60 days for the ship to arrive at its destination. At the mercy of the wind and waves, there were four deaths, two childbirths and one wedding along the way.

On board were about 153 resolute Welsh-speaking families seeking to create a Welsh-speaking utopia.

They had grown concerned that amongst the many changes of the Industrial Revolution in their homeland, their language and values were being eroded and lost.

“When they finally land there is nothing, they have arrived on this continent in winter. It is not the fertile land they were passionately promised; they shape their first dwelling in a cave and survive through the kindness and forgiveness of the indigenous people,” said Andrea.

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