Ceredigion Museum

Interior of a theatre which ahs been converted into a museum gallery
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Ceredigion Museum is housed in a restored Edwardian Theatre. It has been described as 'one of the most beautiful museum interiors in Britain'.

Ceredigion Museum is a vibrant, welcoming institution which through well thought out displays and exhibitions attempts to deepen the understanding of the history and culture of the county to the people of Ceredigion and its visitors.

We make accessible our collections and information about them, which we hold in trust for the community we serve.
This is achieved by collecting, documenting, preserving and interpreting material evidence of Ceredigion's past for the public benefit.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Monday-Saturday 10.00-17.00

Closed: Christmas week

Admission charges

Admission free

The museum displays objects of all ages from the county of Ceredigion (Cardiganshire). Most of the displays are of the Victorian period and later

Collection details

Social History, Costume and Textiles, Archaeology, Agriculture

Key artists and exhibits

  • The museum has a large collection of oil paintings by Alfred Worthington,1835-1925. There is also a fine collection of taxidermy by the Hutchings family of Aberystwyth who worked between the 1860s and 1942.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Hope in the Great War

Hope in the Great War

  • 21 April — 30 June 2018 *on now

Hope in the Great War tells the wartime story of six heroic RNLI rescues, through family friendly, interactive displays.
See the First World War through the eyes of those living on the coast of the UK and Ireland and honour the courage of RNLI rescuers and survivors. The exhibition will also show objects and stories from the local RNLI heroes of Ceredigion’s coast, including the John and Naomi Beattie lifeboat.
5 May, 2pm
Everyone welcome at the opening of the exhibition Hope in the Great War.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Making a Splash

Making a Splash

  • 14 July — 13 October 2018

Celebrating the 'Year of the Sea', this exhibition take s a nostalgic look at the customs and eccentricities that characterise the nation's relationship with the seaside.

Puppet shows, donkey rides, deck chairs, swim wear, seagulls, ice-cream, fish 'n' chips; rediscover how we spent our private leisure time in such a public arena, whatever the weather.

Visitors will have the chance to dress up, take family snaps and create their own postcards as a souvenir of their visit

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Carreg Bica

Carreg Bica

  • 11 May 2018 From 7pm

Carreg Bica are friends and neighbours who live
on either side of the river Teifi. Working with
the inherited music of their environs and the
intertwined textures of their instruments, they
explore the musical possibilities of native melody.
From ancient to modern, the tunes themselves
range from plangent airs to joyful jigs.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Full Price: £10
Concession: £8

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

  • 18 May 2018 From 7pm

Marking the centenary of the First World War, All Quiet on the Western Front follows a group of enthusiastic German youths who eagerly go off fight in WW1 but soon discover the horrors of combat. Considered to be one of the most powerful war movies of all time.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Full Price: £6
Concession: £5

Adventures in the Screen Trade

Adventures in the Screen Trade: An Evening with Deborah Moggach

  • 25 May 2018 From 7pm

Deborah Moggach will delve into the exciting
and sometimes rocky world of Hollywood
screen writing. Known for her film adaptation
of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and
for adapting her own books into films, such
as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the
movie saga Tulip Fever, the evening will be an
eye opening insight into Deborah’s writing
life. Her books will be available to buy in the
shop. In association with Hay Festival.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Full Price: £8
Concession: £6

Walking Aberystwyth

Walking Aberystwyth with John Weston

  • 6 June 2018 10:30am-12pm
  • 13 June 2018 10:30am-12pm
  • 20 June 2018 10:30am-12pm
  • 27 June 2018 10:30am-12pm
  • 18 July 2018 10:30am-12pm
  • 25 July 2018 10:30am-12pm
  • 8 August 2018 10:30am-12pm
  • 15 August 2018 10:30am-12pm
  • 22 August 2018 10:30am-12pm
  • 29 August 2018 10:30am-12pm

Discover Aberystwyth through the ages with local enthusiast John Weston. Starting and ending in the Museum Auditorium, Walking Aberystwyth will take you in a journey through Aberystwyth's buildings, people and history from 1277 until today.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Gwerin Aber Folk Clwb

Gwerin Aber Folk Clwb - Open Sessions

  • 6 June 2018 From 7:30pm
  • 4 July 2018 From 7:30pm
  • 1 August 2018 From 7:30pm

Gwerin Aber Folk Clwb invites all those who want to sing, play or listen to an evening of live acoustic music. Thriving on a rich mixture of acoustic music, Open Sessions welcome all to sing solo, play together or simply sit back and listen.

Suitable for

  • Any age
HAKA Jazz Nights

HAKA Jazz Nights

  • 8 June 2018 From 7pm
  • 10 August 2018 From 7pm

On 8th June, Huw Bates and Kedma Macias of HAKA Entertainment are delighted to present to you the incredible Jazz performer Nia Lynn, accompanied by the fantastic Trust Trio. This will be the very first in the HAKA Jazz Nights series of evenings at Ceredigion Museum.

HAKA Jazz Nights will combine local talent with some incredible guest vocalists and instrumentalists to provide a series of intimate, classy and unique evenings. With a free welcome drink upon arrival, the HAKA Jazz Nights promises to be the perfect start to your weekend as well as a chance for Aberystwyth to celebrate its love of jazz in one of its most iconic spaces.

Keep an eye on our website to find out who will be playing on 10th August.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10 (including a free drink)

Birds - Writing Workshop

  • 10 June 2018 10am-3pm

Beginners and experienced writers alike are invited to join playwright Lucy Gough for a writing workshop on the theme of birds.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£20

Lleuwen

Lleuwen

  • 17 June 2018 From 3pm

Welsh/Breton acoustic singer-songwriter Lleuwen will be performing her unique fusion between jazz and Welsh folk. Supported by Blodau Gwylltion

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Full Price: £10
Concession: £5

Gwerin Aber Folk Clwb

Gwerin Aber Folk present the Flaky Tarts

  • 20 June 2018 From 7pm

The unique sound and close harmonies of the Flaky Tarts will get everyone's toes tapping. Performing Folk through to Country and Rock, you will hear self-penned material from the band as well as sing along classics.

Suitable for

  • Any age
The Tat Man

The Life and Times of the Tat Man

  • 21 June 2018 From 7pm

Set in his home in a Black Country scrapyard, the Tat Man weaves his tales, transporting audiences to places in his mind by means of story and song. From true tales of the Black Country, the plot leads inexporably into the real and terrifying landscape of the First World War. Here human dreams are shattered, and the Tat Man must find the pieces of his demolished dreams; dreams of his times, of his life. He must gather them and rebuild a life that makes sense, so to keep his sanity.

Written by David Calcutt, performed by Tony Barrett, directed by Glen Buglass

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Full Price: £8
Concessions: £6

Francine Stock

Francine Stock's Films from our Past

  • 6 July 2018 From 7pm

Francine Stock, presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Film Programme, delves into the Coliseum's film archive to choose four iconic films from our cinema history.

Alongside Aberystwyth University's Jamie Terrill, Francine will discuss each film in context with film clip. Her chosen films will be screened in the museum in Autumn. In association with Hay Festival.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Full Price: £8
Concession: £6

Gwerin Aber Folk Clwb

Gwerin Aber Folk Clwb - Sing Around

  • 18 July 2018 From 7:30pm
  • 15 August 2018 From 7:30pm

Gathering in a central circle, performers of acoustic music come together for Gwerin Aber Folk Clwb's Sing Around. Each performer takes a turn and invites the audience to join in if they wish.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Anne Denholm

Ensemble Cymru - Anne Denholm

  • 21 July 2018 From 7pm

Join Ensemble Cymru's Principle Harpist, and current Royal Harpist, Anne Denholm for a solo performance of music for the harp. In association with Musicfest Xtra.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Full Price: £10
Concession: £8

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

  • 27 July 2018 From 7pm

Join oceanographer Steve Zissou and his crew aboard the Belafonte as they plot revenge of the mythical sea creature that ate his partner. Will Steve find the creature and what adventures will they have along the way?
Rated 15

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Full Price: £6
Concession: £5

Coliseum Caravan

Mini Coliseum Caravan

  • 28 July 2018 12-4pm
  • 4 August 2018 12-4pm
  • 11 August 2018 12-4pm

The Mini Coliseum Caravan is back on Aberystwyth's seafront this Summer to bring mini film screenings and a mini museum to mini audiences! Delve into Ceredigion's history and discover the seaside of yesteryear from your seat inside the glitz and glam of the caravan.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Puppet Show

Professor Panic's Puppet Show

  • 1 August 2018 2-3pm

Professor Panic presents a traditional Punch and Judy with lots of crocodile kisses.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Kids: £4
Adults: £2

Puppet Workshop

Puppet Making Workshop

  • 1 August 2018 11am-1pm
  • 22 August 2018 2-4pm

Make your own puppet and be inspired by the museum's puppet collection and our temporary exhibition 'Making a Splash'.

English - 1st August 11am-1pm
Welsh - 22nd August 2pm-4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age
Saxaphony

Saxophony

  • 2 August 2018 3:30-4pm

Renowned saxophone teachers Kyle Horch and Lars Lien together with their fantastic students will wow you with a summer saxophone performance. In association with MusicFest Xtra.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Songs of the Sea

Songs of the Sea with the Hugill Brothers and Jez Danks

  • 4 August 2018 From 7pm

Phil & Martin Hugill bring us an evening of sea shanties, sailor songs and musical stories of the sea. Brought up in former seaport Aberdyfi, sea songs have formed a musical back drop to their lives, influenced by their father and 'foremost authority on shanties' Stan Hugill. Hear the work songs of the sea that would have spilled from the ships of Aberystwyth and beyond.

Jez Danks will bring the shanties to life through Ceredigion Museum's maritime collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Full Price: £8
Concession: £6

Puppet Show

Vagabondi Puppets 'A pirates life for me'

  • 7 August 2018 12:30-3:30pm

Come in your finest swashbuckling outfit and join the piratical treasure hunt adventure around the museum.

Captain Mary Macguire will tell you her tall tales of life on the high seas, watch as her ship unfolds from a giant treasure chest and learn the secret of the chest of Redbeard.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Kids: £4
Adults: £2

Snapshot Photography

Snapshot Photography Workshop

  • 10 — 14 August 2018

Travel back in time and dress up in the holiday fashions of yesteryear, who will you be? You could be the photographer, or are you reeling in a deckchair or promenading with your parasol?

Welsh - 10th August 11am-1pm
English - 14th August 2pm-4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
Puppet Show

Fflic a Fflac Puppet Show

  • 15 August 2018 2-3pm

Follow the adventures of Fflic a Fflac on their holiday in Aberystwyth - fun and learning with colourful puppets.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Kids: £4
Adults: £2

The Hornettes

The Hornettes - Sounds of the Summer

  • 17 August 2018 From 7:30pm

Celebrate the sounds of the swinging 60s with The Hornettes. Join them and Ric Lloyd on keyboard for a night full of fun, song, sequins, comedy, beehive wigs and dancing to hit after hit from the Motown era, 60s Girl Groups and beyond.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£8

Puppet Show

Living Daylights Puppet Show

  • 22 August 2018 1-1:30pm

A traditional Punch and Judy show in a traditional wooden boots was performed on the prom in Aberystwyth. Expect 'swazzles', sausages and raucous slapstick.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Kids: £4
Adults: £2

Ceredigion Museum
Terrace Road
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 2AQ
Wales

Website

Museum website

http://www.ceredigionmuseum.wales/

Collections information and Virtual Museum Tour

pilgrim.ceredigion.gov.uk

E-mail

museum@ceredigion.gov.uk

Telephone

24 hour answerphone

01970 633088

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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