Events in Swansea: museums

Swansea Museum

20 minutes walk from our Bed and Breakfast




Saturday 1st September til Saturday 1st December 2018

The Munitionettes & Canary Girls

National waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our B&B


An exhibition that enables the audience to discover the women recruited to work in munitions factories during the First World War.


Nicknamed Munitionettes or Canary Girls, they found the hazardous, heavy work brought them a new found freedom. Such as work outside the home and even new found fame on the football pitch.


12-5pm each day




Saturday 22nd September to Monday 3rd December

Remembering our Heroes / Somethings we forgot to Remember

Swansea Museum - 20mins walk from our Bed and breakfast


Remembering our Heroes’ is an exhibition of eight panels giving an overview of some of the First World War heroes from Swansea and Neath Port Talbot who displayed exceptional bravery and were honored in return with medals. It includes case studies of particular soldiers, with panels entitled proud to serve; Lance Corporal William Fuller VC; Chief Petty Officer George Prowse VC DCM; 2nd Lieut Rupert Price Hallowes VC MC; Captain John Stanley Strange DSO MC; Captain H W Godfrey Jones MC; and John Oliver Watkins CdeG.


‘Some Things we forgot to Remember’ an exhibition of seven panels takes a different, somewhat anti-heroic, look at the First World War, from the perspective of women war workers, conscientious objectors, soldiers from other parts of the British Empire, Belgian refugees, war widows and subject peoples, in this case the Kurds, who did not have a voice at the peace conference.


Saturday 22nd September to Monday 3rd December

Somethings We Forgot To Remember: Contemporary Responses

Swansea Museum - 20mins walk from our hotel


40 artists respond to the Swansea Museum collection and Now the Hero themed activities by creating a multi-media exhibition trail. Contemporary responses will be situated among the artefacts investigating memory, loss and our seemingly never-ending behavioural cycle of war and destruction


Saturday 22nd September to Monday 3rd December

Votes for Women

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our B&B


Exhibition & workshops to celebrate the centenary of the partial victory in the women’s suffrage campaign in 1918, with a focus on the local campaign and some prominent women campaigners.


10am - 4pm



Tuesday 25th September to Saturday 30th March 2019

Starlight Order

Dylan Thomas Centre - 25mins walk from our B&B


To tie in with Now The Hero / Nawr Yr Arwr, the Dylan Thomas Centre presents a temporary exhibition featuring the medieval Welsh poem Y Gododdin, focusing on its influence on David Jones’ epic, In Parenthesis.


Material on display will include handwritten manuscripts by David Jones, and excerpts from the broadcast script of In Parenthesis, the recording of which featured both Dylan Thomas and Richard Burton.


The Exhibition is presented in partnership with the National Library of Wales and with thanks to the Estate of David Jones.



Sunday 7th October to Sunday 18th November

A Spacewoman Dreams

Glyn Vivian Art Gallery - 25mins walk from our Bed and breakfast


Anna Barratt I Gemma Copp I Joan Jones

Room 9

This new film work by Swansea-based artists, Anna Barratt, Gemma Copp and Joan Jones, explores planetary and outer-planetary themes of loss, emptiness, futility and dislocation.


Creating a feeling of the impending extinction of human life, they trudge through eerily beautiful natural settings. Their costumes and gestures suggest a sense of abandonment and defiance, lending the idyllic scenery a foreboding bleakness. In increasingly turbulent times, politically, ecologically and psychologically, the work attempts to map out the experience of life lived on the very edge of existence.


Sunday 7th October to Sunday 11th November

On Paper

Glyn Vivian Art Gallery - 25mins walk from our bed and breakfast


Room 3

Paper, often an overlooked support for drawings is the subject of this exhibition. From collage to sculpture, corrugated card to blotting paper, On Paper explores the work of celebrated 20th century and contemporary artists whose work demonstrates a range of approaches to work on paper and the use of paper as a sculptural medium.


Featuring work by over 20 artists including Karla Black, Tim Davies, Eduardo Paolozzi, Cornelia Parker, James Richards and Bridget Riley.


An Arts Council Collection exhibition


Sunday 7th October to Sunday 18th November

Wakelin Award 2018: Richard Billingham

Glyn Vivian Art Gallery - 25mins walk from our guesthouse


Room 8

The Wakelin Award is given annually to a Welsh artist whose work is purchased for our permanent collection. This year’s selector is sculptor Laura Ford, who has chosen the work of Richard Billingham.


Richard Billingham lives in Swansea. He was the first recipient of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 1997 and was nominated for the Turner Prize, 2001. His work is held in many international public collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, Tate and the V&A, London.


He holds professorships at the University of Gloucestershire and Middlesex University.


The Award is administered and supported by the Friends of the Glynn Vivian, together with donations in memory of Richard and Rosemary Wakelin.


Saturday 13th October to Sunday 31st March 2019

HM Coastguards: Safeguarding the Shore

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our guesthouse


Cost Free 10am - 4.30pm each day


Suitability All


Discover the history of HM Coastguard and visit a horsedrawn rescue wagon from HM Coastguard in Porthcawl. Find out how the organisation started and continues tirelessly to help those in distress and to safeguard our shores.


Part of Year of the Sea 2018.


Tuesday 16th October to Monday 5th November


Swansea Museum - 25mins walk from our B&B


Artist Scarlett Crawford explores the impact of race relations legislation in the UK.


To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Race Relations Act, the House of Commons has appointed artist Scarlett Crawford to lead a UK-wide art project.


Communities across the UK have come together to share memories of life in the UK over the past 50 years and to celebrate the people who have made a difference, the project has captured the voices of the people the Act most affected.


Working with Race Council Cymru, communities in Swansea have now created a special exhibition telling their story.


Scarlett Crawford is a British artist who is passionate about equality and diversity. Her photographic work examines race and class and uses lens-based media to create images that portray the stories of underrepresented people.


First Waves: Exploring the impact of race relations legislation in the UK was commissioned by The Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art, House of Commons.


During January 2019, art works created with communities across the country will come together to form an exhibition in Parliament’s Westminster Hall.


Saturday 20th to Saturday 27th October

Frank Brangwyn: Then & NoW

Grand Theatre (Arts Wing) - 10mins walk from our hotel


Sir Frank Brangwyn: Then and NoW

Original Prints and contemporary responses


Alongside a series of large contemporary artworks responding to the

Swansea Brangwyn Panels created by six Elysium Gallery

artists, Taliesin Arts Centre & elysium gallery is delighted to present the opportunity to view and purchase important and original prints by Sir Frank Brangwyn courtesy of the Goldmark Gallery.


Please join us for a reception on Saturday 20th October from 5pm to 7pm where you can also talk to the artists about how Frank Brangwyn continues to inspire them today.


1st & 2nd Floor, Grand Theatre Arts Wing

(Singleton St, Swansea SA1 3QJ)

The exhibition continues until Saturday 27th October


Tuesday 23rd October

Explore books

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our hotel


Come along to discuss authors and books old and new.  Different from a regular book club there is no need to have read the book in advance! This month features books with a food related theme.


With set themes and authors this is a chance to discover different books that you might be inspired to go on and read.





Friday 26th October

Explore Classic Films: It Always Rains on Sunday (PG, 1949)

National Waterfront Museum - 20mins walk from our B&B


Explore Classic Film screenings are held on the last Friday of the month and feature an introduction to the social and cultural context of each film.


The events of a wet Sabbath unfold in the pubs, homes, and markets of the East End. While petty criminals and the police play cat-and-mouse, and various love affairs start and stop, housewife Rose Sandigate finds she has a difficult decision to make.





Friday 26th October

Glynn Vivian at Night

Glyn Vivian Art Gallery - 25mins walk from our bed and breakfast


Experience the Gallery after hours and enjoy a range of workshops, lm, poetry, live music and performance, with drinks and food available from local food traders.


Drop in and join us at any time. Everyone welcome




364 Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3UL



Phone Hotel on: 01792 651380