In partnership with The National Library of Wales, the gallery at The Riverside hosts a programme of thematic six month exhibitions, displaying the library’s iconic collections.
Treasures (25th May-12th October)
Headlining The Riverside’s inaugural summer season is Treasures, an exhibition of some of Wales’ most unique and historic items.
The exhibition features arguably the most important and influential book in the history of the Welsh language, William Morgan’s Bible of 1588, the first complete translation of the text into Welsh.
Another national treasure on display is the original score and words of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, the Welsh National Anthem, composed in 1856 by father and son Evan and James James.
Visitors to Treasures will also get a glimpse of an original Turner painting, Dolbadarn Castle, which provides insight into how this notable landscape artist was inspired by his many visits to Wales during the 1790s.
In addition, four icons are being displayed one-by-one during the course of the exhibition:
- The Black Book of Carmarthen
- Yny Lhyvyr Hwnn
- The Laws of Hywel Dda
- The Book of Taliesin
For up-to-date information on which icon is currently on display, please visit our Now Showing at the Gallery page.
The National Library of Wales will also deliver a programme of exciting events and education activities to accompany this exhibition.
For more information, including details of how to book your free tickets, please visit our What’s On page.
The Story of Pembrokeshire (25th May-12th October)
The gallery is also home to a permanent exhibition, The Story of Pembrokeshire, focusing on the history, culture, arts and legends of our county.
- An original letter from ‘Rebecca’ to the Vicar of Penbryn (dated 16th June 1843), referring to the Vicar’s transgressions and threatening him with violence
- An original poster from 1854 showing Rebecca’s ‘proclamation’ to her daughters
- An oil painting attributed to Richard Wilson of Pembroke Castle, the birthplace of Henry Tudor
- Poetry in the hand of Waldo Williams, one of Pembrokeshire’s most famous poets, which appeared in his notable volume of poetry, Dail Pren
- Original works of art with a Pembrokeshire connection, including Haverfordwest Bridge (c.1980) by John Einon and Vase of Flowers (c.1910) by Gwen John