Crowd gathers to view Robert Owen Birthday mural

May 18, 2015

The annual Robert Owen birthday celebrations this year were made more special than ever with the unveiling of a beautiful fabric mural by local schoolchildren.


At an event at the Robert Owen Museum to mark the great man's birth on May 14th 1771, a crowd gathered to see Newtown Mayor Rina Clarke unveil a new artwork to celebrate the life and influence of Robert Owen.


The brainchild of Robert Owen Museum Artist in Residence Ezma Macro, the project saw pupils from Hafren School create a lovely tribute in cloth and embroidery to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the opening by Owen of the first free community school in the world in 1815.


Commenting on the successful completion of the mural, Ezma said: "I wanted to keep the work as close to each child's original interpretation of pieces in the museum.


"It is fantastic to see their artistic creations inspired by the life of Robert Owen on the wall of the museum.


"The project has been a great way for children to learn more about Robert Owen and the rich history of Newtown. I hope to run more workshops and work with other schools in the future, bringing young people into the museum."


The Robert Owen Museum is open Monday to Friday between 11am and 3pm and on some Saturdays during the spring and summer months. For further details please visit the museum's website at