The Relevance of St Fagans National History Museum to Contemporary Wales

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Report The Relevance of St Fagans National History Museum to Contemporary Wales Table of Contents Introduction..........3 Historic buildings............ 3 2.1 Maestir School............3 2.2 Newbridge War Memorial..4 2.3 Woollen Mill...............4 Importance of St Fagans to Welsh culture5 Self-reflection...6 Conclusion....6 Bibliography...7 1.0 Introduction St Fagans National History Museum (then known as the Welsh Folk Museum) is the one of Europes most outstanding open-air museums and most visited heritage attraction in Wales. According to a visitor guide (National Museum Wales 2011), it was established in 1947 with original re-erected historic buildings from various parts of the Wales. Basically, it shows a period of Welsh life that how inhabitants in Wales lived and worked in the past. This report provides information based on a field trip to the museum, St Fagans, and will analyse its relevance to contemporary Wales. In addition, the report involved parts regarding importance of the museum to Welsh culture and self-reflection after visiting. 2.0 Historic buildings It was received the information related to introduction of some re-erected buildings during the field trip, and the following three buildings will be discussed. 2.1 Maestir School This is a small rural school where Welsh children were taught from 1880 to 1916 and it was relocated here in 1984 (National Museum Wales no date). The number of students attended class determined teachers incomes in the school. As it was during Victoria era (BBC 2010), speaking Welsh was often banned in school and they spoke only Welsh at home. Children were punished for speaking Welsh instead of English so that it had led to a great decrease of Welsh-speakers. However, in contrast to previous time, learning Welsh is encouraged by the government today and the Welsh regard the language as a symbol of Wales. Also, it can be seen that all road signs are in both...
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