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Wales and the Sea: a new exhibition

A new exhibition entitled, Cymru a’r Môr /Wales and the Sea, and inspired by the stories and images from the archive collections of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, the National Library of Wales and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, and Cadw will be on display at Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre from this week.

Themes of the exhibition include Tales from the Deep, Inspiration from the Sea, Castles and Cloaks, Peril between the Waves as well as the more light-hearted Beside the Seaside.  This exhibition was created to celebrate the magnificent coast, dramatic seascapes, and active inland waterways of Wales, all of which, teem with life, adventure and legend. These waters have shaped not only the coastline of Wales, but also the history and imagination of the Welsh people. Notable images in the exhibition include the painting of Forest Cove, Cardigan Bay (1883) by the Pre-Raphaelite artist John Brett (1831–1902), a sea chart of Aberystwyth Bay by Lewis Morris, the self-taught hydrographer from Anglesey (1701–65), and an early depiction of coracle men by Julius Caesar Ibbetson on the banks of the River Teifi.

The exhibition will be on display at the Heritage Centre, from Wednesday 1 May to Saturday 1 June 2019.


The Pre-Raphaelite artist John Brett (1831–1902) declared that Pembrokeshire was the ‘only one really satisfactory seaside place on the whole British coast’, a conclusion manifested in his sunlit oil painting called Forest Cove, Cardigan Bay (1884). © AC–NMW

Lewis Morris’ sea chart of Aberystwyth Bay, 1748. © LLGC–NLW

Julius Caesar Ibbetson’s late-eighteenth-century watercolour shows salmon fishermen on the river Teifi; the cwrwgl (coracle), passed down from prehistory, continued to be used to good effect throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. © AC–NMW

For further information and images, please contact: Nicola Roberts, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales nicola.roberts@rcahmw.gov.uk Tel: 01970 621248