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Celebrating Welsh role in a history of the world

Eddie Butler
Eddie Butler celebrated Wales's contribution to world history on TV

A Relic Trail of historical objects inspired by a Children's BBC TV series has been launched by the National Museum Cardiff.

Based in the Origins gallery, the trail invites children and families to form teams to discover and observe a number of objects in a challenge inspired by the programme Relic: Guardians of the Museum.

People will be encouraged to look at an item for a fixed amount of time before drawing it from memory, or strike a pose based on an exhibit, or decipher a code based puzzle based on the Ogham stones.

Jamie Rea, executive producer at CBBC, said the Relic Trail - which also appears in Swansea Museum - would be a test of memory, reasoning and problem solving.

"Bringing history to life was the inspiration for the CBBC series and these trails give families the chance to do just that as they discover the stories and personalities behind their local museum's collection," said Jamie.

Waterlilies by Monet - courtesy of the National Museum of Wales
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"We hope that the families taking part will not only love the challenge of completing the Relic Trails but will also learn something new about the objects they encounter."

Another guide aimed at more grown-up visitors details the locations of exhibits in the National Museum Cardiff featured in the BBC's A History of the World project and website.

They include a portrait of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Monet's Waterlilies, the Welshpool Gold Cup, the Llyn Cerrig Bach slave chains, the Caergwle bowl, the Llandaff diptych, the Red Wharf bay arm-rings, a stone tool from Pontnewydd cave, decorated beads from Kendrick's cave and the Trenacatus stone.




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