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Event: BBC 100 in Wales: Through the Lens

National Museum Cardiff
11 February 2023, 10am - 4pm
Cost Free
Suitability All
BBC 100 in Wales: Through the Lens

BBC 100 in Wales: Through the Lens


Have you ever wondered how they make realistic-looking wounds on Casualty? Or what it’s like to present the weather in front of a green screen? 

The BBC has produced some iconic programmes over the last 100 years, many of them right here in Wales. 

In this event for all the family we will look at and celebrate not just the programmes themselves but some of the behind-the-scenes magic.

What Can We Do?

You don’t need to book these activities, just come along and have a go.

  • Have a small fake wound and find out more about special effects make-up.

  • Play a sound effects game – can you match the story to the sound?

  • Find out more about the Moon Landing in 1969 – one of the biggest events ever shown on the BBC.

  • Create your own news bulletin and have a go at presenting it from the iconic BBC Wales newsdesk in the exhibition.

  • Become the next David Attenborough and spot the wildlife around the museum on a natural world themed trail.

  • Colour and cut out a TV themed craft to take home with you.

  • Strike a pose and take a selfie wearing a replica costume from a favourite BBC show.

  • Can you guess the theme tune as you listen to music performed by students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama? 11am & 2pm.

  • Create your own weather bulletin using green screen effects.
  • Are you sitting comfortably? Come and listen to some Jackanory stories. 11am & 3pm
  • ‘Turn Off Your TVs’ Through dance and spoken word, Movement Artist Patrik Gabo shares a story that looks to the future by filtering through news and the way in which it shapes our hopes and dreams. Can we ever be united? Can we imagine a world in which joyful news and events replace tragedy. 12pm & 1pm at the news desk in the BBC 100 Exhibition.

These activities are timed. Please book your place in advance.

  • Costuming masterclass: from flat to fabulous! – by Ivy Hible. Ivy demonstrates the art of costume making. She’ll talk about how she came to be a costume maker and demonstrate the process in the masterclass. 12+ Book Tickets

  • Special effects make-up masterclass. This masterclass will be given by the lead make-up artist on Casualty. She’ll talk a little bit about her career path and then transform a model, describing in detail the processes behind the magic of special effects make-up. 12+ Book Tickets

  • Guided tours of the Dr Who filming locations in the Museum. Join a young Doctor Who enthusiast as he takes you on a lively tour around the museum in English. 6+ Book Tickets

  • Talk: The Perils of Time Travel. Time Travel sounds great - but it's far more dangerous than you think! Come and listen to a lively discussion of time travel given by Phill Wallace of Cardiff Astronomical Society. 12+ Book Tickets

  • Talk: The Science of Doctor Who. Come and learn about the real science that (sort of) underpins our favourite Time Lord. A tongue-in-cheek look at the science given by Phill Wallace of Cardiff Astronomical Society. 12+ Book Tickets

Museum Members get access to early bird tickets for the bookable activities. Become a Museum Member today so you don’t miss out!

Bloedd Amgueddfa Cymru are inviting all creatives, makers and movers aged 16-25, and any groups working with children and young people to collaborate with Amgueddfa Cymru to develop projects led by, involving, or benefiting young people aged 11-25, in Welsh, English, BSL and in other languages.

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