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Tenby Museum & Art Gallery

Founded: 1878        Governance: Independent Trust        Scope: Local History, art   Visited: Autumn 2021

The setting of Tenby Museum could hardly be better: perched on the south side of the Castle headland, and gazing across the beach towards St Catherine's Rock and Caldey Island a mile away, sometimes sun-baked and sometimes storm-lashed, in an old house which was once part of the Castle living quarters, reached by a snaking and ever-so-slightly scary path. I think, though, it was a little unfair to visit less than a month after it reopened subsequent to the pandemic restrictions: like a number of heritage attractions it seems to have taken the decision to get some longstanding work done, and it wasn't quite finished. Thus the staircase, stripped of its customary display about the fishing history of the town (and pirates), had a high, long display case of 'relics of the French attack on Fishguard in 1797', entirely without context, and I missed the significance of the Peruvian pottery figures too. The story of Tenby emerges reticently from the displays, but you get Augustus John's paint palette, skulls and axes, and a sedan chair looming over the stairs.

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