Art UK is delighted to announce the launch of the Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery guide on the Bloomberg Connects app. There is also a Welsh language version of this article.
The Bloomberg Connects app is a free digital guide where you can explore content from numerous cultural organisations. Wherever you are in the world, you can access a range of content, either to add to your experience viewing the gallery in person, or to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery's guide is an exciting addition to the diverse array of cultural institutions currently represented on the app.
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery's guide is the first guide to launch on Bloomberg Connects in both English and Welsh.
Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr Tydfil was commissioned by ironmaster William Crawshay in 1824 and was designed to overlook the Crawshay family's hugely successful ironworks. The castle was sold to Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council in 1908 and the museum and art gallery opened in 1910.
Today Cyfarthfa Castle is home to a range of exhibits, with highlights including displays exploring Merthyr Tydfil's industrial history and historic rooms displaying varied collections. You can explore all of this and more in Cyfarthfa Castle's guide on the Bloomberg Connects app.
In the Wine Cellar Exhibitions section of the guide, you can find out about Merthyr Tydfil's transformation into the global centre of iron production. As the guide explains, 'Merthyr Tydfil sat on the South Wales Coalfield and was a key location to exploit the mineral wealth to make iron.' The accompanying audio recording highlights, 'Cyfarthfa, at its peak, was the most successful ironworks in the world.'
You can also find a range of content in Cyfarthfa Castle's guide exploring the rooms where the Crawshay family once lived. A selection of artworks and artefacts associated with the family are featured in the Ground Floor Galleries, including portraits of Crawshay family members which are displayed in the Dining Room.
This portrait, for example, depicts Robert Thompson Crawshay, 'the final Ironmaster to oversee the production of iron at Cyfarthfa Ironworks.'
In the Round Drawing Room, you can find an array of paintings by Penry Williams displayed alongside Nantgarw and Swansea ceramics.
As the guide explains, 'Penry Williams was a local-born Merthyr boy who had a humble upbringing. Known as the 'Welsh Turner,' his work was featured during the Museum's official opening in 1910 and has remained a core piece in the collection.'
To explore more of Cyfarthfa Castle, download the Bloomberg Connects app today!
Jolif Guest, Collections Content and Liaison Officer