Swansea University to offer exciting events as part of Swansea Learning Festival

Swansea University will be opening archives and museums, offering campus tours and events in local communities as part of the Swansea Learning Festival.

The six-day free event will celebrate Swansea’s UNESCO Learning City Status and offers a wide range of learning opportunities from art and crafts, languages, music, poetry, film making, health and wellbeing, to employability and entrepreneurial skills.

Swansea University will be on hand throughout, allowing everyone in the community the chance to learn across a variety of subjects for all ages.

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Geography professor Mary Gagen will host ‘A Night in the Bone Museum’ with BBC wildlife broadcaster Lizzie Daly on Tuesday, April 2 at the Zoology Museum in Wallace Building on Singleton Campus, where you can learn how animal bones tell us how a particular animal lived.

You can also visit the Richard Burton archives, join Dr Sam Blaxland and learn about the history of Swansea University on a tour of Singleton Campus or explore the ‘South Wales Coalfield Collection’ exhibition throughout the week at the Miners’ Library on Hendrefoelan Campus.

If that wasn’t enough, the Egypt Centre will be holding daily drop-in activities from 3-6 April, while you can also attend a book launch and signing by Wales’ Philip Gwynne Jones - best-selling author of the Nathan Sutherland series – at Taliesin Create on Singleton Campus on 3 April.

Technocamps will also be holding a range of after school coding clubs throughout the week.

Swansea’s first Learning Festival is led by Swansea Council’s Lifelong Learning Service. To find out more and sign up for events visit: www.swansea.gov.uk/swansealearningfestival

Professor Martin Stringer, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Swansea University said:

“With Swansea being one of only three cities in the UK to hold UNESCO Learning City status, we are delighted to be part of what promises to be fantastic festival of learning.

“Swansea University is proud to be close to the local community and we hope that the events we have on offer during the course of the Swansea Learning Festival will benefit not just future generations but for people of all ages.”

Councillor Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council’s cabinet member for education improvement, learning and skills, said:

“This is a diverse programme that demonstrates the many opportunities there are for people of all ages to learn new skills and develop talents.”