Other Organisations' Events - December

National Museum Cardiff
Music in the Museums: Christmas Traditions
3 December 3pm, £5, Booking essential from www.eventbrite.co.uk
Dr Mark Lewis, Senior Curator: Roman Archaeology at the National Roman Legion Museum will talk about where our Christmas time customs came from. He will look at how the Romans celebrated at this time of year and even before that far back into the Pagan past to see how our modern festivities have been shaped by ideas thousands of years old. Alongside Dr Lewis’ talk will be festive music old and new by the Palestrina Singers from Cardiff University School of Music. A perfect start to the Christmas season! https://museum.wales/cardiff/whatson/9799/Music-in-the-Museum-Christmas-Traditions/

Nantgarw China Works
Open Day
10 December 10am – 4pm, free
Over the last few months a team at Nantgarw China Works has been engaged in an exciting and ambitious research and development project to learn more about Nantgarw’s world famous porcelain.
The team has been attempting to replicate the secret recipe for William Billingsley’s extraordinary porcelain to see if, through the use of today’s knowledge and equipment, we can overcome the firing issues which destroyed up to 90% of the ware in the bottle kilns. If successful, this will be the first time a porcelain body has been created at Nantgarw since William Billingsley’s time at the China Works 200 years ago. If successful future plans will involve commissioning contemporary ceramicists to make new work from the porcelain. We are now in a position to share what the team has achieved so far and invite you to join us at an ‘Open day’ at Nantgarw China Works on Sunday December 10th. We will be showing a small exhibition about the project, There will be demonstrations of ceramic techniques used in the project as well as guided tours of the Museum and China Works. Between 2pm and 4pm we will have live performances from some of the young band, Nantgarw who play traditional Welsh music and give demonstrations of Welsh clog dancing, some steps of which may even have been brought to Nantgarw by Staffordshire Potters working at the China Works in the early nineteenth century As Christmas will soon be with us we will, of course have mince pies, mulled wine and assorted delights from the China Works tea rooms. http://nantgarwchinaworksmuseum.co.uk/events/open-day-update-nantgarw200-project/

National Waterfront Museum
Christmas and the British: A Modern History
16 December 11am, free
Join Dr Martin Johnes for this fascinating lecture on Yuletide traditions.
The modern Christmas was made by the Victorians and rooted in their belief in commerce, family and religion.  Their rituals and traditions persist to the present day but the festival has also been changed by growing affluence, greater expectations of happiness and material comfort. For all the cynicism it can induce, Christmas was more often a happy time, a moment of a joy in a difficult world. That made it more than just an integral feature of the calendar. Organised by Historical Association, Swansea Branch. https://museum.wales/swansea/whatson/9823/Christmas-and-the-British-A-Modern-History/

Abergavenny Local History Society 
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