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Two editions of our glossy 20 to 28 page magazine are published each year and posted to members.
Each edition contains interesting and informative feature articles relevant to members' interests, written by museum staff, guest writers and speakers
as well as those by members of the Friends.
Articles have covered such diverse subjects as: 15th century wall paintings, Bridges in Wales, Rings, Lady Llanover, St Fagans and the Other Earls,
the National Slate Museum, the Stonehenge Bluestones, Dickens and Merthyr Tydfil,
Shovelhead Worms and South Wales in 1803.
There are regular features which include Museum News, BAfM News, Friends' news, reports on Friends' tours and summaries of talks given to the Friends.

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Category Article Page
Art, Painting The Eight: American Artists of the Early 20th Century 14
Art, Sculpture The Sculptor Next Door: Frank Roper (1914-2000) 11
Cymraeg Dewi Sant: “Y Pethau Bychain” 20
Education, Museum Educators and Curators:
The Early days of the Museum Schools Service in Cardiff
Geology, Museum The De La Beche Archive at Amgueddfa Cymru 10
History, Artefacts From the Seal Cupboard: Mary Magdalene at Goldcliff 17
History, dress English Silks Worn at Tredegar House 21
History, Wales Gerald of Wales 4
Music, Opera Galuppi and Goldini 19
Science, Botany Drawn from Nature: Botanical Illustrations   6
Science, Creatures Peregrine Update 23
Visits, England

2010 - February

Category Article Page
Art, Botany A Passion for Plants: Botanical Illustrations by Women Artists 11
Art, Ceramics
English Pottery at Amgueddfa Cymru 16
Art, General Banksy versus Bristol Museum
Art, General
Oriel y Parc, St David's 17
Art, Painting Rembrandt in Focus 15
Art, Painting Terry Setch RA 9
History, Archaeology The Pontnewydd teeth 3
History, Food Remembering the White Ox of Nannau 4
History, Wales Cathays Cemetery: Dead Cats, The Spanish Consul’s Daughter
and a Severed Leg
Music, Craft Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2009 5
Science, Creatures
Ghost Slug: A Diet of Worms

2010 - June

Category Article Page
Art, Botany From the Botanical Illustration Collection: Bryan Poole
Art, Jewllery Rings 20
Art, Painting The 15th Century Wall-Paintings of St. Cadoc’s Church, Llancarfan 4
Art, Painting Two Paintings, One Ship 18
Engineering, Civil
Bridges in Wales 7
Engineering, Transport Tom Rolt – Centenary of a rail and canal reviver
History, Archaeology Coins at Caerleon: A New Display 19
History, Archaeology Penywyrlod Head:  The Face of a 6000 Year-old Man 14
History, Archaeology Sasanian Seal Stones 23
History, Estates Cyfarthfa Castle 6
History, Industrial Dinorwig ’69: The End of the Line for One of the Largest Slate Quarries in the World 5
Language, English We Are Not Amazed    21
Literature, Print Private Press Books: Recent Additions to the Museum’s Library 17
Museum, St Fagans Making History at St Fagans 11
Science, Creatures Secrets of the Ammonites 22

2010 - October

Category Article Page
Art, Ceramics Miners’ Mural, Llandough Hospital 12
Art, General Enchanted Heritage: Artistic Expression Amongst the Romans 13
Art, Painting Searching for an Idiom: Brenda Chamberlain as Artist 4
Art, Painting Still Life With Poron: A New Acquisition 13
Art, Sculpture Art, Sculpture 14
Engineering, Civil
Watkin George (1759-1822) 19
History, Modern Yanks in the Rhondda 15
Lilterature, Poetry Alun Lewis: A Welsh Discovery 18
Museum, Friends Our President: Pat Kernick 5
Museum, National New post-1950 Galleries at National Museum Cardiff 12
Museum, Politics Protect or Project: Wales’s Cultural Dilemma 17
Science, Ecology Biodiversity and Sustainability 9

2011 - February

Category Article Page
Art, General Llandough Miners' Mural - update  5
Art, Painting Every Picture Tells a Story 17
Cymraeg Medi 1966 13
History, Social John Christopher - Man of No Letters 12
History, Social Single Parenthood in the 18th Century 4
History, Wales A Roman Belt Buckle 5
History, Wales Hywel Dda 16
History, Wales Lidos & Public Baths in Wales 18
History, Wales Old Cures: Amgueddfa Cymru's Materia Medica Collection 8
Museum, Galleries Where Shall We Take Them Today? 7
Science, Biology Georg Dionysius Ehret  8
Geology, Fossils
Fossil Reptile From Penarth 15

2011 - June

Category Article Page
Art, Drawing Place in Wales: Reconstructing Drawings from a Sketchbook
by Francis Place
History, Social Drinking Punch in the 18th Century 14
History, Social  When Nelson Came to Merthyr  18
Language, English Can I Misquote You On That?  19
Museum, Friends Hugh Jones: A Tribute 17
Museum, Trust A Backward Glance 9
Science, Creatures9 The Cave Spider Hunt 16
Travel, Wales Ogmore & Ewenny 12

2011 - October

Category Article Page
Art, General Stories from the Sea: A New Exhibition at Oriel y Parc 15
Cymraeg Abingdon a Kingston Bagpuize 9
History, Education  Thomas Howell (1485-1537)  12
History, Estates The Mineral Collection of Lady Henrietta Antonia Clive 4
History, Industrial  Children in Mines 14
History, Social  Witch Bottles & Healing Charms 5
Literature, Welsh War Poets: Hedd Wyn 17
Music, Popular Fred Godfrey: Music Maker Extraordinary 18

2012 - February

Category Article Page
Art, General The Emperor’s New Clothes or The Assassins of Beauty 11
Art, Glass John Petts: The Wales Window 19
Art, Painting Francesco Guardi: A New Acquisition 12
Engineering, Mechanical The Pierhead Clock 15
Geology. Fossils Archaeopteryx: Feathers of Stone 16
History, Estates  St Fagans Castle and the ‘Other’ Earls 7
History, Welsh A Genius for Publicity: Lady Llanover (Gwenynen Gwent) 4
Museum, St Fagans The Future Is Now: Collecting Contemporary Life at St Fagans National History Museum  13
Science, Botany  Conserving Kew Garden’s Wax Orchid Flower Collection  10
Science, Chemistry A Skatole Story 6

2012 - June

Category Article Page
Art, General   John Piper: Beginnings 4
Art, Painting Impressionist Painting on Loan 14
Geology Coal Seams & Copper: W. E. Logan and the Geological Map  8
History, Archaeology
Sourcing the Stonehenge Bluestones     12
HIstory, Music Charles Dickens in Merthyr Tydfil 16
History, Social  Hooks, Wheels & Rag Dolls 15
Law Welsh Legal Identity 6
Museum, Personnel  Wales in Miniature: A Memory of Douglas A. Bassett 14
Museum, Slate 40th Anniversary of the National Slate Museum 7
Museum, St Fagans Creu Hanes - Making History: Transforming St Fagans    10
Travel,  Europe
Art & Culture of Valencia  17

2012 - October

Category Article Page
Art, Painting The Artist Mildred Elsi Edridge 4
Dance, Welsh Folk Dancing in Wales 13
Geology. Fossils Fossils in Stone: Acid Preparation of Fossils 12
History, Art Llandaff Diptych 7
History, Industrial  Tynewydd Disaster: Mission Accomplished 11
Museum, Wool National Wool Museum: Made in Wales 16
Science, Chemistry E. A. Moelwyn Hughes: A Lost Welsh Intellectual? 9

Category Article Page
Art, General  From the Abergavenny Workhouse to the V&A and Beyond 9
Art, Painting Maximilian Lenz: A Secessionist in Cardiff 15
Art, Painting Two Paintings of Margam House Acquired 14
Art, Sculpture Edith Downing (1857-1931): Artist and Activist  4
Geology Malachite, Georgeite and Tinned Peas 7
Geology. Fossils  Fossil Turtle Rediscovered Alter 150 Years 12
Science, Creatures Dance Flies from Chile 6
Travel, Europe Alsace-Lorraine & The Black Forest 13

2013 - June

Category Article Page
Art, Dress  Rowan Williams’ Enthronement Robes 10
Art, Painting  Ray Howard-Jones: Retrospective Exhibition 4
Art, Prints  Shirley Jones and the Red Hen Press 14
Cymraeg, Biographeg Cofio Taith Fawr Y Noddwr Hael 11
Cymraeg, Teithio Tro yn Andulucia 17
History, Archaeology The Caves at Cefn: Strange Creatures and Evidence of Wales’ Earliest Humans 7
History, Social China: The Criminal District of Merthyr Tydfil (1830-1840) 9
Music, Welsh The Welsh Crwth: A New Discovery within an Old Instrument  15
Science, Creatures Species New to Science: Shovelhead Worms from Around the World 13
Science, Wildlife Unknown Wales Conference 10

2013 - September

Category Article Page
Art, Painting A Love for Art: The Eric and Jean Cass Gift 12
Art, Painting David Jones (1895-1974) 10
Art, Painting Worktown: The Drawings of Falcon Hildred 14
Geology, Fossils Golden Wonder: Rare Fossil Trilobite 16
History, Estates Fonmon, The St John Family and Bolingbroke 8
History, Science Michael Faraday in Wales 4

2014 - March

Category Article Page
Art, Painting Art, Painting    James Dickson Innes (1887-1914) 18
Art, Print Railway Posters 15
History, Wales Daniel Defoe in Wales 8
History, Wales Ty Mawr and a Bishop of Llandaff 19
Museum, History First World War Commemoration 4
Museum, History T.H.Thomas (1839-1915): A Founding Father of the National
Museum of Wales
Science,  Botany  The Ghost Orchid: One of Britain’s Rarest Plants 13
Science, Health Madness not to Stay Safe around Mercury 6

2014 - September

Category Article Page
Art, Drawing A Private Passion – Llareggub: Peter Blake Illustrates Dylan
Thomas’s Under Milk Wood
Art, General  Michael Edmonds: A Tribute 21
Geology, Fossils  A New Species of Fossil Crinoid Discovered in South Wales 22
History, Archaeology Healing Power of Dogs 17
History, Estates Who Lived at Stackpole Court? 18
History, Poliitcs Five Days of Freedom: Chartists in Llanidloes 15
History, Wales Benjamin Malkin: A View of South Wales in 1803 10
Science, Biochemistry Energy in Creation, Honeybees and Obesity 4
Science, Plants  Resurrection Plants  13

2015 - March

Category Article Page
Art, Print, History Cartoons of J M Staniforth 4
History, Art Sites of Inspiration 15
History, Music The Romantic World of Ivor Novello 26
History, Wales Henry Tudor’s March through Wales 9
History, War, Mining When Dai Became Tommy 13
Museum, Exhibition British Passion for Landscape 7
Museum, Exhibition The Great War: Efforts and  Ideals 8
Museum, St Fagans Saints in the Window 24
Science, Conservation Preventive Conservation
Science, Zoology
The Ghost Slug
Travel, Europe
Classic Naples and the Amalfi Coast

2015 - October

Category Article Page
Art, History, Wales Medieval Paintings at Llancarfan Church 21
History, Roman Equus - Roman Cavalry 4
History, Wales Pontypridd Bridge and William Edwards 19
History, War Rhondda Coal & the Jellicoe Specials 7
History, Women, Science Women at Work 10
Museum, Caerleon Young Archaeologisits at Amgueddfa Cymru 23
Museum, Patrons Becoming a Patron 9
Science, Palaeontology Wales' newest dinosaur 21
Travel, Europe Turin
Travel, World
Celebrating Twenty-one Years
Visit, England
Broadway and Sezincote

2016 - April

Category Article Page
Art, General
Welsh Artist William Goscombe John (1860-1952)
Art, Painting, History
Welsh Participation in the Development of Britain’s Maritime Empire
Art, Print,
Natural History
16th Century Books in the Willoughby Gardner Library 9
Art, Sculpture Chinese Jades at Amgueddfa Cymru
Engineering, Civil
Proposed Newport Bridge: Almost the Largest Bridge in the World
Geology, Museum
William Smith and the Birth of the Geological Map
History, Wales Gwell Angau Na Gwarth: The Murder of Annie Dorothy Lawrence
History, Wales Henry Williams, Llancarfan: 18th Century Clockmaker
Museum, Exhibition Lle Hanes Stand at the National Eisteddfod
Museum, Personnel
Trefor Meredith Owen: Curator Welsh Folk Museum (1971-1987)

2016 - October

Category Article Page
Art, Botany, Print  Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717): Artist & Naturalist    
Art, Ceramics William Burges’s Tulip Vase for Cardiff Castle  
Art, Glass, Painting  Heat Smoke & Tears: The Works of Maurice Marinot    
Art, Painting Conservation of Thomas Henry Thomas’s Watercolour of Yellowstone Canyon
Art, Painting Thomas Henry Thomas Watercolour:
Washing & Tinning Treforest Tin-plate Works    
Art, Print The Gregynog Press Collection of Special Bindings    
History, Mining Letter in the Lamp: The South Wales Coal-Miners’ Hunger March   
History, Wales Hilary Clinton’s Welsh Ancestry   
Museum, St Fagans  Saints in the Window: St Margaret and the Dragon

2017 - April

Category Article Page
Art, Painting Lawrence Alma Tadema: Poetry & Prose    
Art, Painting Brenda Chamberlain and the Carreg Murals, Bardsey 
Art, Painting & History, Social 
Rev John Cynddylan Jones and the SS Bala    
Art, Textiles Level V, Newport
History, Industrial & Social Blaenavon: Percy Carlyle Gilchrist & Sydney Gilchrist Thomas  
History, Social 
The Story of Commonwealth Coins    
History, Wales Peoples Collection Wales (PCW) Programme
History, Wales St Melangell  

2017 - October

Category Article Page
Art, Painting Gillian Ayres in Wales
Art, Printing & Museum A Display of Remarkable Books
History, Archaeology Swansea Bay Dagger 17
History, Numismatics Counterfeit Coins
History, Social The Pettigrews: Creators of Cardiff’s Parks
History, Social Esyllwg’s Sad Fate
History, Social Letter in the Lamp: The South Wales Coal-Miners’ Hunger March   
History, Wales Amy Dillwyn: Author, Entrepreneur & Political Activist
Museum, Geology 
Mammoths at National Museum Cardiff
Museum, History
Amgueddfa Cymru during World War I

2018 - April

Category Article Page
Art, Painting Felicity Charlton (1913-2009)
Cymraeg, Biograffeg Cadi Iolen: Curadur 
History, Books
History in the Margins  
History, Social Ladies of Llangollen
History, Social Llandudno Revisited 
History, Social, Wales 
John Dwnn: Renaissance Welshman   
Museum, Exhibition Who Decides? Exhibition
Travel, Europe
The Art, Antiquituies and Culture of Ancient Rome
Visit, Wales
Visit to North Wales
Welsh, Biography
Cadi Iolen: Curator

2018 - October

Category Article Page
Art, History Sir Kyffin Williams (1918-2006)
History, Industrial & Social Dr Henry Naunton Davies (1828-1899) 11
History, Social Welsh Suffragists and Suffragettes 21
Museum Volunteering at Amgueddfa Cymru
Museum, Friends Pat Kernick: A Tribute
Museum, History Searching for Hetty Edwards
Science Science and Shakespeare
Science, Biology The Importance of Taxonomy
Travel, Europe
Highlights of Holland
Visit, Wales
Visit to Caerleon

2019 - April

Category Article Page
General & Museum
Commissioning an Artwork
Art, Painting & History, Wales Van Gogh: Making Connections
Art, Printing  & Museum, Library
Yoichirō Hirase’s Shell Book 17
History, Numismatics
Coin from the Cardiff Mint
History, Social Billy the Seal
History, Social Walking the Archives: Taking Archives to the People
History,  Wales 
The Newport Medieval Ship
History, Social & Art
Prints by Elizabeth Phillips Hughes & Kunisada Utegawa
Museum, St Fagans
Redeveloping St Fagans: A New Kind of Museum
Travel, Europe
Art & History of Belfast 30
Visit, Wales
Cardigan Castle & The National Coracle Centre

2019 - October

Category Article Page
Art, Painting Shani Rhys James
Art, Painting & History, Social
Andrew Vicari: And Take That Painting Too
Painting & Museum
Poor Taff: A Gift to Amgueddfa Cymru 16
Art, Painting & Museum, St Fagans St Teilo’s: The Weighing of Souls 5
Art, Printing & Museum, Library
Fore-edge Paintings
Cymraeg, Cerddoriaeth Y Pibgorn
History, Music The Pibgorn
History, Social Tea with Burton
History, Social & Museum, St Fagans
A Far Cry from the Past
History, Wales Ruperra Castle: A Poignant Memorial
Travel, England
Art & History in Northumbria

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