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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

The icon currently on display at The Riverside is: The Book of Taliesin

The Book of Taliesin, dating from the first half of the fourteenth century, is one of the most famous Welsh manuscripts. It does not appear to have been known by its present title until the seventeenth century.

The volume contains a collection of some of the oldest poems in Welsh, many of them attributed to the poet Taliesin who was active towards the end of the sixth century.

It is this manuscript which preserves the texts of famous poems such as Armes Prydein Fawr and Preiddeu Annwfn which refers to Arthur and his warriors sailing across the sea to win a spear and a cauldron, as well as the earliest mention in any western vernacular of the feats of Hercules and Alexander.


The Story of Pembrokeshire (25th May-12th October)

Our permanent exhibition at The Riverside is a must for anyone with a keen interest in the history, culture and landscape of Pembrokeshire.

Highlights include:

- 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

ID: 4467, revised 12/09/2019