Top of the pop-ups

Simon Stephens, 10.10.2014
Two pop-up museums are entertaining delegates at the MA conference
With pop-up shops, restaurants and caf├ęs springing up all over Britain, the Museums Association conference has not been outdone, with two pop-up museums greeting delegates in the foyer of the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

One was created by Barnsley Museums to mark the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike. 

The Coal not Dole: Women Against Pit Closures pop-up museum was developed in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Barnsley Experience earlier this year.


Jemma Conway, the community curator at Barnsley Museums, says the pop-up museum has been taken to venues in and around Barnsley, including town centres, miners' galas and schools.

The other pop-up museum has grown over the two days of the conference as people have brought objects and shared their stories. This initiative, organised for the Welsh Museums Festival, is a partnership between Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales), the Cardiff Story Museum and the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Objects people have brought in range from a table tennis bat and ball, a Welsh cake, a Neath RFC mug, a pack of paracetamol and lots more. These are displayed alongside objects from the Cardiff Story Museum, and National Museum Wales, including the skeleton of the famous Billy the Seal.