It’s MOT time for the car again! A year seems to pass so quickly these days that it doesn’t seem long ago that we were last driving into Swansea to get the car checked over. This time we needed new brake pads and the Honda garage were very kind to let us have a courtesy car for the four hours needed to complete all the work.
After leaving the car at the garage we drove in a new small, fast, Honda car the 10 minutes into Swansea and straight down to the Marina as we wanted to visit the museum again.
I remember these docks from years ago when they were industrial sites. Now the marina is a restful place for many ‘retired’ boats and a lovely place to live with the many apartment blocks surrounding the water. It’s also home to museums and close by the national swimming pool . http://www.walesnationalpoolswansea.co.uk/
The National Waterfront Museum is a delight to visit. Entry is free for a start and it is full of all things recording the history of industrial and sea faring Wales and social history too. https://museum.wales/swansea/
Children love this museum as there are many hands on things to do: buttons to press, handles to turn and drawers to open- I love it!
Next door to the Maritime museum is a display of the old trams that used to run between Swansea and Mumbles along the seafront.
The Swansea and Mumbles Railway was the world’s first passenger railway service, located in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom.
Originally built under an Act of Parliament of 1804 to move limestone from the quarries of Mumbles to Swansea and to the markets beyond, it carried the world’s first fare-paying railway passengers on 25 March 1807. It later moved from horse power to steam locomotion, and finally converted to electric trams, before closing in January 1960, in favour of motor buses.
At the time of the railway’s closure, it had been the world’s longest serving railway and it still holds the record for the highest number of forms of traction of any railway in the world – horse-drawn, sail power, steam power, electric power, petrol and diesel…..Wikipedia
If only they had kept the railway open it would be a real money spinner with tourists these days!
Next stop was the Swansea museum just next door where there was an exhibition that I wanted to see. http://www.swanseamuseum.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions
Mining Josef Herman and Women by Joe Bach:
An exhibition of Josef Herman
Curated by Erin Rickard
I was totally unprepared for the size of the Josef Herman painting that was exhibited. It was surprisingly large and magnificent. The flash spoilt the photo.
The next exhibition we viewed :Swansea and the Great War –
The exhibition focuses on the stories of the men who went to fight in the Great War many of which were Swansea people.
The exhibition also reveals the struggles faced by women who were left behind and looks at their contribution to the war effort. It also explore the stories of conscientious objectors.
It was a very interesting exhibition recording personal memories of people living in Swansea during the Great War and all very sad to read.
Pleased to record the car passed its MOT so on our drive home we called into a garden centre where there was a sale and bought two garden clocks….yes two! Jim hopes to make a turret clock for the workshop and two clock faces are needed. Before he makes the tower one clock has been placed on the back wall to check it out!
The birds were not impressed!
Actually the clock has turned out to be very useful and I hope it stays there!