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Be amazed at Big Pit National Coal Museum

Museums across Wales are getting ready to celebrate and promote Wales’ outstanding cultural offer at the second Welsh Museums Festival from 24 October – 1 November. Over 100 events and exhibitions will be on offer for the whole family from sleepovers, talks, walks, hunts and handling sessions to archaeologist digs, re-enactments, dressing up, tea parties and Halloween themed activities.

Supporting the Festival is TV Presenter and Wildlife Expert Iolo Williams – “I am delighted to be supporting the Welsh Museums Festival. As a four-year-old child, I remember staring in awe at the skeleton of a woolly mammoth and even now, I am amazed by the wealth of items held by our museums. With almost a hundred accredited museums all over the country caring for around 5.5 million items, no matter what your interests, there are treasures waiting to be discovered by the whole family.”

Come along to Big Pit and have a 'hoot' with us making crafty owls and animal species which you might find on the nearby Coity Tip, plus other autumn-themed crafts. Kathryn Jenkins, Communications Officer at Big Pit said” The Coity Tip was created during the working life of Big Pit and its predecessor the Coity Pit. Tips such as these were once a familiar site in industrial communities and altered the landscape and environment forever. When the tipping stopped, nature began to gradually reclaim the tip and surrounding area, which is now rich with plant and animal species”

The crafts workshops will be running from Monday 26 October until Friday 30 October, 12pm-4pm and cost £1 per child.

The Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, commented, “We have some fantastic museums across Wales, filled with fascinating items that help tell the story of our past. They are a valuable resource in helping us to learn about and understand important historical events in a way that books alone cannot. The Welsh Museums Festival will give visitors more opportunities to discover and be inspired by the unique collections, and I am pleased to see a range of events being held both in and around Communities First areas, ensuring there are opportunities for all to participate in a range of exciting experiences.”

Rachel Silverson, President of The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales added, “We are thrilled to be involved in the Festival once again as it offers an opportunity for our members to promote their museums and to be proud of the work that they do. At a time when museums need support from their communities, we hope that more people will be amazed by all that Welsh museums have to offer. ”

Find out what events and exhibitions are taking place in Big Pit by visiting www.museums.wales

Posted on: Monday 26th October 2015