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Archaeological Treasures

Great archaeological discoveries on display in a major new exhibition at National Museum Cardiff

Thanks to vital funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery, 2016 is a big year for exhibitions and events at National Museum Wales.

Three exhibitions will feature during the year at National Museum Cardiff:

  • Treasures: Adventure in Archaeology, which features Indiana Jones's hat, whip and jacket

  • Wriggle, an exciting new family-friendly exhibition looking at the importance of worms in the garden and on the seashore, and

  • to celebrate the centenary of the Welsh-born author's birth, a special exhibition on Quentin Blake's illustrations of Roald Dahl books.

Funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery will be put to good use. The programme begins with Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology, which is on display at National Museum Cardiff from 26th January to 30th October 2016. The exhibition features extraordinary artifacts from popular culture, including crystal skulls and Inca Gold, alongside early finds such as Egyptian Mummies.

As part of Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology, Amgueddfa Cymru will be working with local Cardiff charities Action Caerau Ely, Getaway and CAER Heritage to allow people from the local community to curate their own display case to coincide with the exhibition. This will provide an opportunity for participants to increase learning skills, gain confidence and engage with their local museum in a way which they've never done before.

As well as supporting the exhibitions programme at National Museum Cardiff, a portion of the funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery also supports the salaries of two apprentice stonemasons at St Fagans National History Museum. They are working with the Museum's specialist builders to re-imagine a medieval prince's court based at Llys Rhosyr, an archaeological site on Anglesey.

Players of People's Postcode Lottery have generously supported Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales - since 2013. This funding allows the Museum to build on its work providing visitors (particularly children and young people at risk of exclusion from formal education) with new skills, self-confidence and experiences that will raise their aspirations and help them seek further education and employment opportunities.

David Anderson, Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru, said, "I'd like to thank players of People's Postcode Lottery for their continued generous support. This vital funding ensures we can continue to offer a dynamic programme of events, activities and exhibitions such as Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology for all our visitors, and this at a time when public institutions are feeling the effects of austerity.

"With players of People's Postcode Lottery support, we can continue to reach out to our visitors and the wider community, giving them an opportunity to learn about and get involved in their own culture and heritage."

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Funding from players also supports the salaries of two apprentice stonemasons at St Fagans National History Museum