National Waterfront Museum

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National Waterfront Museun
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National Waterfront Museum and marina
National Waterfront Museum is located in Swansea
National Waterfront Museum
Museum location in Swansea, Wales
Location Swansea, Wales
Coordinates 51°37′01″N 3°56′20″W / 51.616843°N 3.938820°W / 51.616843; -3.938820
Type Maritime museum, Industry
Website National Waterfront Museum

The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea or NWMS (Welsh: Amgueddfa Genedlaethol y Glannau) is a museum in Swansea, Wales, forming part of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. It is an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage.

Construction and development[edit]

Building and exhibition design was carried out by Wilkinson Eyre and Land Design Studio respectively, and Davis Langdon was project manager for the construction National following an Architectural Design Competition managed by RIBA Competitions.

The £33.5 million museum, which secured funding from the Welsh Development Agency and £11 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund was opened in October 2005.[1][2]

Description and contents[edit]

Consisting of a major new slate and glass building integrated with an existing Grade II listed warehouse (formerly the Swansea Industrial and Maritime Museum), the new museum deals with Wales' history of industrial revolution and innovation by combining significant historical artifacts with modern technologies, such as interactive touchscreens and multimedia presentation systems.

Much effort has been put into accessibility for the new museum,[citation needed][3] and is one of the first museums in the United Kingdom to feature multilingual voiceovers, as well as British Sign Language captioning on all interactive content.[4]

The collections on display include maritime, transport, technology and retail artefacts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tourism hopes as new museum opens", BBC News, 17 October 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  2. ^ Gareth Jones (18 October 2005) "Split opinions on city makeover", BBC Wales News. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Disabled groups' fury at access". BBC News Online. 7 January 2005. 
  4. ^ http://www.heritage365.com/articles/tech-the-digital-revolution-national-waterfront-museum-swansea.asp

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