Explore the world from your own home: Museum of Cardiff goes virtual

Online exhibitions and activities allow you to discover Cardiff’s heritage during lockdown.

Visitors can now explore the Museum of Cardiff online through virtual exhibitions and activities. Image credit: Museum of Cardiff.

Anyone can now take a virtual tour of The Museum of Cardiff during lockdown as exhibitions and activities are made available online.

Across their social media channels, the museum have posted one object from their collection each day along with the story behind it.

Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, Councillor Peter Bradbury said: “The team at the Museum of Cardiff have done some fantastic work to make sure their collection remains accessible to visitors from the comfort of their homes.”

As well as online exhibitions, there is a range of activities available for both children and adults, developed with the help of local school teachers. These include printable activity sheets exploring Cardiff’s social history and life during World War One, spring-themed colouring sheets for younger children, and a film about the Suffragettes made by students of Cardiff West Community High School.

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Alison Tallontire, Exhibitions Officer at the Museum of Cardiff, said the online exhibitions will enable people to continue engaging with their local museum during this difficult time and the children’s worksheets will be a useful resource for anyone home-schooling.

Older children and adults can also get involved, with an oral history guide on recording the memories of family members and other loved ones.

Discover Cardiff’s social history, what life was like in World War One and who the Suffragettes were through the Museum of Cardiff’s website. Image credit: Museum of Cardiff.

Virtual 75th VE Day Anniversary exhibition 

The Museum team are currently working on making their upcoming 75th VE Day Anniversary exhibition virtual.

Exhibitions Officer, Tallontire said: “Like all of our work, the focus will be on stories from the people of Cardiff. Some of those stories will include the memories of people that the Museum has recorded over the years.”

The exhibition will involve personal stories and photographs from VE Day celebrations, as well as photographs of objects from the Museum’s collection, including some bunting from a street party held in Llandaff, she said.

The Museum of Cardiff ‘s virtual 75th VE Day Anniversary exhibition will include street party bunting.

“During this time of social isolation and children not attending schools we hope the show will appeal to family audiences,” Tallontire said.

Museum on social media

You can explore the Museum’s virtual exhibitions and activities on Twitter, Facebook and their website.

The daily posts by the Museum are written in both English and Welsh and have recently included a scale for weighing loose tea used in one of the many stores opened near the docks to supply ships’ crews with the vital items for their return journeys. 

Another item shared from the Musuem’s collection was a quilted cushion cover made by a women’s co-operative to raise money for families facing extreme poverty during The Great Depression.

“This cushion cover was created during another time when society pulled together,” as the caption explains.

Councillor Bradbury said the plan is to regularly add resources to the Museum’s website so that there is a steady stream of activities for people to enjoy.

Where else can you explore?

From Cardiff to the rest of the world: keep on exploring as you discover the amazing places you can visit and galleries you can tour all over the world.

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