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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.

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

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Robert Owen around 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 in Newtown

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.

Robert Owen’s birthdate

 

248th in 2019 

247th in 2018 

246th in 2017 

245th in 2016 

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Ways we remember him

March along the streets of Newtown

The people of Newtown have gathered and celebrated the birthday of Robert Owen on 14th May in many ways over the years. Cakes have been baked and eaten. Children have marched down the streets of Newtown and danced around his statue. Speeches have been made. Music has been played. Old and young people have met in social gatherings in Newtown to eat cake and drink tea. You can see some photographs below of the celebrations in Newtown in 2016 and 2017.

In 2020, the museum had to close, and celebrations were affected by the coronavirus pandemic – but a small number of people lay flowers at his statue even amid that world event to show their respect for him.
In 2021, people in Newtown will celebrate his 250th birthday, and other parts of the world, people will also join in these celebrations, as allowed. A calendar has been produced and is being sold online to raise funds for the charity that normally open the museum.

Lay flowers at the statue of Robert Owen in 2020
Lay flowers at his statue in 2020

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Make a donation

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The museum is a registered charity and needs your donations to continue to work.

All of the Trustees and Officers are unpaid volunteers who give their time freely to ensure the smooth running of the museum.

If you wish to make a donation, we will be very appreciative. If you you are a UK taxpayer, we can recover an additional 25p for every £1 you donate, through the HMRC gift aid scheme. Please contact us, if you wish us to send you a gift aid form.

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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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