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Many people from the Newtown area, and farther afield, have helped to keep the museum alive since it first opened in 1929, having been established as an organisation the previous year..

We are looking forward to celebrating Robert Owen’s 250th birthday in 2021.

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BBC Programme

Wales and the History of The World

A BBC programme called “Wales and the History of the World” aired again on BBC 1 Wales on Sunday 13th December, where the presenter, Eddie Butler, visited the museum and introduced Robert Owen as “the man who helped enlighten the “dark satanic mills around the world”. It was originally aired in March 2010.

Eddie Butler looked at the symbols and ideas we’ve chosen to represent us for the past 6,000 years, give or take a decade – everything from the red dragon to the red flag and from ancient burial mounds (via the bible) to the iPod. And it’s not just one way traffic into Wales. Eddie comes face to face with the man who helped enlighten the “dark satanic mills” around the world. He learns about a community in India that still sings Welsh hymns – Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau is their anthem, and they prefer lamb with mint sauce to a curry.

You can see the TV programme again on BBC’s IPlayer app online or using your TV and go to IPlayer and search for “Wales and the history of the world” or “History of Wales” and look for Episode 1: Ideas and it is 12 mins 28 secs into the half an hour programme when he visits the museum.

BBC programme
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000qgnk/wales-and-the-history-of-the-world-series-1-4-ideas

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

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Robert Owen in Newtown

Robert Owen is to be discovered all around Newtown. You can visit his tomb in St. Mary’s churchyard or his statue in his garden. He features in the Town Council crest and logo. His birthplace can be visited outside in Broad Street. There are numerous plaques around Newtown.

Here are some photographs taken by Andy Newham of his tomb and his statue.

Robert Owen’s tomb

Robert Owen’s statue

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Past birthday celebrations

Every year, people throughout the world, have come together to remember the life and importance of Robert Owen on his birthday in May.  Here are the past 5 year’s birthday celebrations in Newtown.   Photos taken by Andy Newham.

Date of his birth
Robert Owen’s birthdate – 14th May 1771

 

248th in 2019 

247th in 2018 

246th in 2017 

245th in 2016 

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250th birthday

Date of his birth

Robert Owen was born on 14th May in 1771, at No.2 Broad Street, Newtown, in Powys Mid Wales.

Co-op logoRegarded as Father of the Cooperative Movement and Trade Unions, he was one of the greatest social reformers of his time and of international significance. His work is of great importance and he was a philanthropist of the poor and vulnerable.

2021 will be a big year with celebrations planned to mark his 250th birthday. A calendar has been produced and you can buy a copy online by clicking here.

Calendar 2021 Front Cover
Calendar 2021 Front Cover

 

Calendar 2021 Back Cover
Calendar 2021 Back Cover

Read more about his early life and birth in Newtown here

 

 

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249th birthday

Flowers at his statue on Thursday 14th May 2020
Flowers at his statue on Thursday 14th May 2020

Robert Owen was born on this day, 14th May in 1771, at No.2 Broad Street, Newtown, in Powys Mid Wales.

Regarded as Father of the Cooperative Movement and Trade Unions, he was one of the greatest social reformers of his time and of international significance. His work is of great importance and he was a philanthropist of the poor and vulnerable.

His 249th birthday came during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic. A large gathering was not possible, but a small number of local people laid flowers at his statue in Newtown, out of respect for him on his birthday.

Read more about his early life and birth in Newtown here

Watch a video describing his legacy here

 

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Bedroom Browser for tourists

New Bedroom Browser is packed with information for tourists to Mid Wales.

Robert Owen Museum is included so that all tourists staying in the local area can see details about the museum and plan their visit.

This is a great way to advertise this museum and, hopefully, increase the number of visitors to the museum in 2019 and also in 2020 too.

New Bedroom Browser is packed with information for tourists to Mid Wales

 

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