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National Slate Museum gets ready to celebrate 40th birthday

National Slate Museum gets ready to celebrate 40th birthday

National Slate Museum

The National Slate Museum Llanberis will be celebrating its 40th birthday in 2012 with events and activities running throughout the year!


The original Victorian workshops - now home of the National Slate Museum - closed in August 1969 along with Dinorwig Slate Quarry but re-opened on May 25th 1972 as the North Wales Quarrying Museum.

 

Dr Dafydd Roberts Keeper of the museum explained further:
“Since that day in 1972 the museum, which is one of the seven sites of National Museum Wales, has been visited by over 2.6 million people, all of which have walked through the magnificent archway in order to experience and learn more about the history of the great slate industry in this area.’


“We want our 40th birthday to reflect and celebrate all the activity that this historic place has seen over the last few decades, from its opening days in the seventies to its major redevelopment at the end of the nineties to Free Admission in the new millennium.”


Celebrations will include the launch of FAB FORTY - an exhibition about the last four decades at the museum, which also looks at the role of museums in our communities today - on 25th May and there will be a public celebration with cake for everyone on 26th May!


The museum is currently putting together the exhibition and is eager to hear from anyone who has any memories of the actual opening in 1972 and its early life in the 1970s as well as memories over the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s!


“We held a memories day last year to collect information which was really successful” said Curator Cadi Iolen. “If anyone out there has any photos or souvenirs or memories from those early days we’d be delighted to hear from them.”


If you want to contribute please contact the museum on 01286 870630 or at slate@museumwales.ac.uk or you can join the museum on Facebook or Twitter @amgueddfalechi
In partnership with Culturenet Cymru and People’s Collection Wales.

For more information, please contact Julie Williams  01286 873707 Cadi Iolen ( Curator) on 01286 873714 or Elen Roberts ( Education) on 01286 873706
 

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