Abermule 26/01/1921

The Abermule train crash happened one hundred years ago this January. As well as personal tragedies – 17 people were killed – there were far reaching effects for Machynlleth. And, once the cause of the disaster had been established as human failure, for signalling arrangements on single track railways worldwide.

Lord Herbert Vane-Tempest was the youngest child of the fifth Marquess of Londonderry and Mary Cornelia nee Edwards and the last member of the Londonderry family to live at Plas Machynlleth. As a Director of the Cambrian Railways he used the first carriage on the train which took the brunt of the head-on collision.

He was killed, along with his valet James Henderson, and Harold Owen Owen of Garthgwynion whom he had invited to sit with him.

Lord Herbert, who gave his name to Glanmerin Lake, was a bachelor. There was no-one to succeed him at Plas Machynlleth and in December 1948 the 7th Marquess presented the house and the grounds to the people of Machynlleth.

On an obscure chunk of railway in India, fairly recently, in the cab of an ancient locomotive was the message “CHECK THE TABLET! REMEMBER ABERMULE!”

Digwyddodd damwain dren Aber-miwl gan mlynedd yn ol ym mis Ionawr eleni. Yn ogystal a’r trychinebau personol – lladdwyd 17 o bobl – bu effeithiau pellgyrhaeddol ar Fachynlleth ac, unwaith i achos y drychineb gael ei briodoli i fethiant dynol, ar drefniadau arwyddo ar reilffyrdd trac sengl ar draws y byd.

Yr Arglwydd Herbert Vane-Tempest oedd plentyn ieuengaf 5ed Ardalydd Londonderry a Mary Cornelia, Edwards gynt, ac aelod olaf y teulu Londonderry i fyw ym Mhlas Machynlleth. Ac yntau’n Gyfarwyddwr Rheilffyrdd y Cambrian, byddai’n defnyddio’r cerbyd ym mlaen y tren a gafodd y gwaethaf o’r gwrthdrawiad penben.

Fe’i lladdwyd, ynghyd a’i was James Henderson a Harold Owen Owen, Garthgwynion, yr oedd wedi’i wahodd i eistedd gydag ef.

Dibriod oedd yr Arglwydd Herbert (a roddodd ei enw i’r enw Saesneg ar Lyn Glanmerin). Doedd ganddo neb i’w olynu ym Mhlas Machynlleth ac ym mis Rhagfyr 1948 cyflwynodd y 7fed Ardalydd y ty a’r tiroedd i bobl Machynlleth.

Yn eithaf diweddar, yng nghab hen injan ar ddarn anghysbell o reilffordd yn India, cafwyd hyd i’r rhybudd, “CHECK THE TABLET! REMEMBER ABERMULE!”

David Ware

28 November 2020 to 24 April 2021
Ruralist Room

David Ware was born in the Rhondda Valley but emigrated to Canada as a young man, studying at the Ontario College of Art as a night student. David has his own style of painting with some influence from the Canadian Group of Seven and paints landscapes as poems of light. Also included in this exhibition are a selection of David’s woodturning, He says “I paint to free my spirit and I turn wood to relax”

Society of Wood Engravers

Centenary Exhibition (82nd Annual)

28 November 2020 to 10 April 2021
Owen Owen Gallery

This is a special year for the Society of Wood Engravers as they celebrate their Centenary.

It was founded in 1920 by artists including Eric Gill, Gwen Raverat, Robert Gibbings, Philip Hagreen and Lucien Pissarro. A break during the war years and then again in the 1970s meant that the annual exhibition ceased for a time, hence this being the 82nd show. Since the revival in 1984, the SWE has built a reputation for excellence, attracting exhibitors and collectors from around the world.

The Society exists to promote wood engraving, but also embraces all forms of relief printing, which makes this show a fascinating and affordable collection of images inspired by a wide range of subjects.

Young Welsh Artists

28 November 2020 to 10 April 2021
Pulpit Room

One of the most exciting events in the art world in Wales, the inaugural Young Welsh Artists – Artistiaid Ifainc Cymru Exhibition. This event, designed to show the work of artists under 30 working in Wales, will take place annually in November at MOMA Machynlleth.

For more information visit the Young Welsh Artists page.

Jane Parry

28 November 2020 to 10 April 2021

A series of paintings depicting impressions of light, space and architectural form, inspired by distilled memories of church interiors.

Tabernacle Collection

28 November 2020 to 10 April 2021
Tannery Gallery

A selection of work from the Tabernacle Collection, including works by Giles Ford (pictured), Gordon Miles and Theo Crutchley Mack.

Danny May

28 November 2020 to 10 April 2021
Sculpture Space

Danny May is based local to Machynlleth. His sculptural shapes in both two and three dimensions utilise the cylindrical device to limit and inform his creative expression. His work can also be seen at the Centre for Alternative Technology and at the St Fagans museum in Cardiff.

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