The role of water and rivers in the industrialization of Wales
A new exhibition, developed by SEACAMS at Swansea University for the National Waterfront Museum, explores the role of rivers and water supply in the industrialization of Wales against the backdrop of 18 000 years of landscape change.
Date: Saturday 22nd October to 26th November 2011
Time: Open 10am to 5pm daily
Venue: The National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 3RD
Admission: Free of charge, all welcome
The exhibition features a 5 m long model of a river from source to sink illustrating the natural variation in rivers over time. The model, developed by the Environment Agency, shows how the river provides a home for a diverse range of plant and animal species while having a key role in the industrialisation of Wales through the provision of power and access to transport routes.
The exhibition explores 3 main themes. The first ‘The changing patterns of rivers’, explores natural variations in river channel patterns, while the second focuses on how Welsh rivers and valleys have changed since the last glaciation. The third theme addresses the importance of water in the industrialisation of Wales by looking at its use in mining, its use to generate power, and as an aid to transport.
The exhibition also offers the opportunity to look at some famous Welsh mineral ores and look through a stereoscope to see the ancient glacial landscape around Cadair Idris in three-dimensions.
For further information about the exhibition, please contact Suzanne Grenfell (SEACAMS Research Officer) on 01792 295454. For more information about SEACAMS please visit our website www.swansea.ac.uk/seacams or www.seacams.ac.uk
To attend the free “Make a Mountain!” activity, ideal for children between the ages of 7 and 11, and held at the Museum between the 23 and 28 October, pre-booking is recommended. Please contact the National Waterfront Museum on 01792 638950.