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The Cardiff Story

30 June 2011

Rudolph - webRudolph the marionette being conserved by Phil Parkes. Rudolph was used by the donor Marian's family to entertain parties all over Cardiff in the early part of the 20th Century. All the marionettes were handmade by her father.

Historical artefacts that tell the story of Cardiff have been conserved by staff from the University and are on show at an exhibition in the city centre.

Officially opened by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, The Cardiff Story Museum features artefacts that have been donated to the museum by members of the public.

Each artefact has a personal story attached to it including how they were used, who owned them and what they commemmorated. Through the objects, the museum charts the history of the city from the small market town of the 1300’s to the capital we know today, through the eyes of those who made it - its people.

In total, more than 3000 objects feature in the museum, 300 of which were conserved by Phil Parkes, Jane Henderson and a team from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

Speaking about the project, Phil, a senior conservator in the School said: "Many of these objects when donated were neglected or in need of care. Our role was to conserve them so that they could be displayed in the museum and continue to tell their stories for many years to come.

"The objects that we have conserved include items such as medals and badges, household objects, tools used in the docks and factories. There are also objects in the exhibition with close links to Cardiff including a Clarks Pie stand and trays used in the bakery, early vinyl records from Spillers, and a jukebox from Clwb Ifor Bach."

The Cardiff Story Museum is located in the Old Library in the Hayes area of Cardiff. Entry is free and the museum is open from 10 am–5 pm Monday - Saturday and 11 am - 4 pm on Sunday.

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