Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery is found in the centre of the City of Bangor, North Wales. Sometimes known as Bangor Museum, the museum is Gwynedd's only general museum.
The gallery has a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions by local and international artists. Changing regularly, the gallery always offers inspiration.
Welsh furniture, textiles, art, archaeology, social history items. Located in the former Canonry, the Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, Bangor is brimming with stories from Gwynedd and surrounding area. The Roman Segontium sword, the Welsh Not, model of Telford’s suspension bridge, the King of Bardsey’s crown are just a few of the treasures you can enjoy.
The shop sells a mix of unique hand-made crafts including ceramics, jewellery, greetings cards and prints. The Principality Collector Plan Scheme, which is an interest free credit service, is available to individuals to purchase original and contemporary art and craft from both the gallery and shop.
The friendly staff are always on hand to answer questions.
There is an active support group, the “friends of the Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery” who support the work of the museum and gallery by fundraising and advocating on behalf of the collections. New members are always welcome.
Finds from the well known Neolithic axe factory site of Graig Lwyd are on display. The hand axes from the Graig Lwyd site near Llanfairfechan have been found from all over Britain – even as far as Cumbria and they tell us a lot about the technology and the distance of ideas and items all over Britain.
There are a large number of items dating to the Bronze Age (c.2500- 1000 B.C) in the collections, funerary remains and urns from sites such as Bedd Branwen.
The nearly intact Roman sword found at the fort of Segontium is particularly unique, as are the imperial milestones from the Roman road between Aber falls and Caernarfon.
Early Christian memorials including the Llantrisant Stone which has inscribed the longest obituary notice from Britain. The museum also has a number of beautifully patterned medieval tiles from Llanfaes and medieval finds from Owain Glyndwr’s home at Sycharth.
Some of the earliest pieces of furniture in the collection dates to the seventeenth century although the collection spans through to the twentieth century. The large oak dower chest, joined by pegs or dowels only is one of the earliest pieces, dating to 1666.
One of the main furniture rooms displays a large selection of the Dorothea – Pughe collection from the house of Ynysgain, near Cricieth. Despite being made locally using locally grown timber, some furniture, such as the Italianate style chairs reflects fashions from London and abroad. Other furniture items from the Ynysgain collection includes a long oak dining table and chairs, bureau, dresser, tri darn cupboard, a bible box, ceramics and a number of large oil portraits.
In contrast, the ‘Welsh kitchen’ has examples of less prestigious furniture items such as the oak settle by the fire place and the wooden cradle.
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