Pop up Museum in Trawsfynydd

Storiel has been working with Gwynedd Council’s Archive Service, staff from Yr Ysgwrn, Snowdonia National Park and Prysor and Eden Trawsfynydd Young Farmers’ Group and Caffi Prysor to host at pop-up museum over the summer and are inviting the public to take a stroll down memory lane.

The focus of the mini exhibition that is on-view until 30 August is on the close-knit farming communities of Gwynedd. Farms were once a hive of activity with many tools, traditions and skills. Families and neighbours came together year after year to help each other with shearing and harvesting.

As part of the exhibition there are a selection of audio memories and a memory book to encourage local people to record their stories, memories and past knowledge, which will give the exhibition a personal touch and preserve the history for future generations. Once the exhibition is over all items and artefacts will return to Storiel as part of a larger exhibition named ‘On Hill and Field’ which is held between 10 September – 29 October 2016.postar

Visit the pop-up museum between 8am and 4pm during any day of the week. For more information contact Storiel on 01248 353 368 / storiel@gwynedd.llyw.cymru or Caffi Prysor on 01766 540 780.Caffi Prysor, Llyn Trawsfynydd, Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd LL41 4DT.


Succesful Bangor City FC Exhibition

The exhibition on the history of Bangor City Football Club playing games in Europe has been a major success.  There was enthusiastic support from members of the Supporters’ Association and they were very keen to loan relics, souvenirs and game programmes.  Iorys Griffith came to visit the exhibition, Iorys was the only ‘local lad’ in the team that played the famous games against Naples in 1962.  Part of the exhibition showed a short film of Iorys’ father being interviewed for television on the High Street in Bangor.

I would like to thank everyone for the loaning relics/programmes/ souvenirs, sharing information and supporting the exhibition, and it already talked about holding exhibition again shortly that will reflect another aspect of the history of the Club-we will look forward!

Iorys Griffith a'i gefnder John Ogwen Iorys Griffith and his cousin John Ogwen

Iorys Griffith a’i gefnder John Ogwen
Iorys Griffith and his cousin John Ogwen

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Youth Panel

Storiel is looking for enthusiastic young people who are interested in local history, heritage and the world of art to join in our Youth Panel. There will be an opportunity to learn more about the Museum and Art Gallery’s work, take part in exhibitions and visit similar institutions. Please contact Megan at Storiel for more information. storiel@gwynedd.gov.uk 01248353368

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A visit to Maes G

We had a lovely morning at Eglwys y Groes, Maesgeirchan in an event organised jointly with Hunaniaith. We had received an album of photographs by a member of the Wallis family, the family who years ago owned ‘Wallis Bros’ department store on Bangor High Street. It was a great pleasure to listen to the members of the community chat about the High Street shops over the years and memories flowed as we browsed the collection with some tea and biscuits. One lady recited a story about her father, who on an annual basis had to stand in queue all night until 6am when her mother came to relieve him of his duties- in order to buy flannelette bed sheets in the sales! Many commented that they were very much looking forward to visiting us at Storiel in the New Year, and we will look forward to welcoming all of you.llun gwenllianGrwp Panad a Moidyrwallis


Democracy Day

Are young people interested in politics? During the 2015 General Election, 43% of young people voted, which is less than half compared to people 65+. Year 10 History and Law students from Ysgol y Moelwyn, took part in ‘Democracy Day’ in the Lloyd George Museum.

Would hearing about the history of the ‘Welsh Wizard’, the only Welshman to be Prime Minister of Britain, get the young people hooked on politics? They got a chance to learn about Lloyd George’s political achievements and to see some of the artefacts from the collection, including Lloyd George’s draft copy of the Treaty of Versailles.

A mock election was held in the theatre with the students split into groups to form six political parties. Every party had to present their manifesto. You need to be brave to take part in hustings, especially if the electorate are your peers. The six parties made an excellent job of presenting their manifestos with some managing to get in to the spirit of Lloyd George’s speeches!

A brilliant day of politics in the company of inspiring young people.

The day was organised by Storiel  – Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery as part of their satellite projects in partnership with the Education Officers from National Assembly Wales and Gwynedd Archives  & Museums Service

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Plaid Drws – Winners of the election  with Lloyd George.


The Young Farmers Oral History Project

It was a wonderful experience listening to some of the Oral History recordings made by Young Farmers clubs recently.  There is a collection of agricultural objects in Gwynedd Museum, collected at a time when there was a feeling that the ‘old Welsh way of life’ needed to be preserved before it disappeared.  Thankfully the farming tradition  has not disappeared in Gwynedd, but many of the old methods and social elements have done.  There is a sad note to some of the interviews, particularly when the bustle of shearing day in the Parc area is recalled – “Machinery has changed everything, as soon as the machines arrived for shearing the chatter was silenced”.  On a positive note it is heartening to hear young voices showing interest and quizzing the older generation giving hope that the farming tradition is adapting to the modern world rather than disappearing forever. 

Some of these memories have been included in an exhibition in Oriel Pendeitsh over the summer as well as photographs from Gwynedd archives and objects from Gwynedd Museum’s collection.  But the work of gathering stories is only just beginning and if anyone is interested in the project, please get in touch.


Napoleon is amzed by the exhibition

Napoleon Invades Gwynedd Museum

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Napoleon yn rhyfeddu gyda’r arddangosfa

Do you know why Napoleon decided not to invade Anglesey 200 years ago?
Gwynedd Museum was invaded on Friday evening when Napoleon himself gave us the answer to the question – he was too tired after his effort to invade Russia! This was one ‘fact’ revealed in an entertaining evening that was organized as part of the Museums at Night Festival. The actor Iwan Charles in his role as Napoleon shed a new light on the exhibition ‘Cataloguing and other pleasures’ by Emma Hobbins. He was proud to show the books that referred to himself and Josephine his wife.
Napoleon started talking about fulfilling his old dream of invading Anglesey. However, once he was informed of the military developments over the last 200 years, he decide to forget about his plans for Anglesey – the idea of fighting against metal birds in the sky sounded like too much hard work. He decided to bid his farewell to Bangor and the vicinity in peace.
During the evening there was also an opportunity to listen to a talk given by Bob Morris on Napoleon’s wife and Wales during the Napoleonic period; an artefact handling session with the Collection’s Officer and a chance to learn more about cataloguing with Emma Hobbins.


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An evening of Snowdon Race Memories

It was great to hear everyone’s memories of the Snowdon Race on Thursday evening the 19th of March.  After quite a bit of press attention a good few people came together to show their memorabilia and share their memories of the race over the years as runners and as spectators!  We heard the story of a couple who live in the village and have been filming the race from their back garden over the years,  Gareth Dobson breaking a tooth live on S4C the first year the race was broadcast, Malcolm Jones who’s running his 40th race this year, and lots of wonderful memories of competing in the children’s race and the trophies won for doing so.  A selection of the memorabilia and photographs will be a part of an exhibition in the Electric Mountain over the summer.

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Collection belonging to Gwenllian Williams


Celebrating Fireworks Night the old fashioned way!

Llanberis Youth Club tell the story of Rock Cannon

I had heard about the interesting old practice of creating holes and channels in the rock, filling them with gun powder and lighting them to create a firework display of sorts.  So when I started discussions with Llanberis Youth Club about a potential project to coincide with the village’s Fireworks Night, Rock Cannon seemed the perfect theme.  They set to recording Ken Jones from the village – he was a part of the team that mapped the location of some of the Rock Cannon, and Peredur Hughes who works at the National Slate Museum and is quite an expert on them.  These interviews along with archive and contemporary images of the Rock Cannon that can be seen today were put together to create a Digital Story.  One member of the club came across a Rock Cannon while walking through the quarry and managed to take a picture – I’m sure everyone will be looking for them now!  You can see the film on YouTube

Rock Cannon near Dolbadarn Castle

Rock Cannon near Dolbadarn Castle


After School Club, Ysgol y Faenol.

Museum staff held an activity with parents and children of Ysgol y Faenol in a session organised by Hunaniaith. The group has been meeting after school for some weeks now. The main intention is for everyone to have fun and consequently it is an opportunity for people to use the Welsh language increasingly in their everyday lives.

The Ogham Alphabet was the theme of the activity by the Museum. The similarity with the Welsh alphabet was evident immediately with the letters ‘ch’, ‘ff’ and ‘ll’ being pronounced proudly! The task was to write their names using the Ogham alphabet. This quickly drew attention to the differences between the Ogham alphabet and the English alphabet. Katy had difficulties because the letter ‘k’ was not in the Ogham alphabet. But who would have thought that there would be a problem with writing such an iconic surname in Wales as ‘Jones’? The letter ‘j’ is not in the Ogham alphabet (and wasn’t in the Welsh alphabet until recently). There was an interesting discussion regarding the problem amongst the adults. Naturally, the children were too busy creating!

Thank you to Ysgol y Faenol for welcoming us and thank you to Hunaniaith staff for organising it.

Egluro Ysgol y FaenolYr Wyddor OgamY Gwaith Ogam Gorffenedig


Takeover Day, Kids in Museums – thanks to the Ysgol Tryfan students

A group from Ysgol Tryfan came over today to take over our Museum, and have the opportunity to undertake some of the different members of staffs’ jobs. The group had the opportunity to complete front of house work as well as work behind the scenes. TheyThey were busy greeting visitors; doing maintenance work like cleaning and recording the climate in the rooms, as well as undertaking the process of accepting or disregarding the collection’s artefacts and cataloguing them. The highlight of the day was being able to practise their DIY skills, through disassembling a small replica of the dower chest that is part of the collection. It is arguable that this is the original ‘flat-pack’ piece of furniture! The largest challenge for the group was putting the chest back together. By working as a team, the group managed to complete the task without too much difficulty. The next step was noting the steps and creating instructions to be kept with the chest. Everyone had a specific role – builders, cameramen, note-takers, designers. After having completed the filming work, it was easy to get to work creating a set of instructions. Perhaps the task of building the chest will be easier for our visitors now that they have instructions to help them? Or, is it true that nobody really pays attention to instructions? Only time will tell!

Adeiladu'r Gist / Building the Chest

Adeiladu’r Gist / Building the Chest


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