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Exhibition, Sat 21 Oct 2017 - Sun 18 Mar 2018, free entry




One man’s collection of computer games consoles is to go on show at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea in a new Generation Games exhibition.

Consoles from every one of the eight generations of consoles so far released in the UK are included in the exhibition, which allows visitors to try out the games of yesteryear.

And how far the concept has come since the gaming console first appeared in the UK in 1973 will amaze those who have grown up never knowing a world without Nintendo.

Samuel Anstee from Caerphilly in south Wales has been playing computer games from a young age, having been born in 1972 – the year the first recognisable console, the Odyssey made by Magnavox, came off the production line. Samuel’s collection includes a rare Odyssey made in that first two-week manufacturing run in the US in August 1972 – the Odyssey reached the UK in 1973.

The history of video game consoles is divided into eight ‘Generations’ and the exhibition features them all. It starts from Generation One - the early 1970s when players would often have to mount a plastic screen on their TV to give some simulation of graphics, draw cards from a pack to give them new tasks and even keep score with a pencil and paper – right up to today’s Generation Eight virtual reality games.

Starting on 21 October, 2017 and running through to March 2018, the exhibition will include a playable version of a game from each Generation, such as Generation Five’s early Tomb Raider, and Tetris on an original 1990 Game Boy, as well as showcasing consoles from across the years.

Samuel was hooked on playing games before he decided to collect the actual consoles. His amazing collection now includes one of every console released in the UK since 1972. With a view to displaying them, he approached Pontypool Museum which has worked with the National Waterfront Museum to put the Generation Games exhibition together. The exhibition will be hosted in Pontypool in 2018.

Andrew Deathe, who has researched the exhibition, says the spread of consoles span the early years “when they were the missing link between board games and computers” right up to the present, speculating on the current gamers’ conversations of what will constitute Generation Nine.

“One thing that you realise hasn’t changed is the storyline for many games. Even the very simple ones feature elements where one person is trying to blast another, shooting aliens or trying to beat your opponent at a sport like tennis. But now the technology has caught up and is able to give us so much more. I know Samuel sees virtual reality as finally giving him the opportunity to be part of the action – the games are at last able to live up to that promise!”

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopItalian signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 21 Oct 2017 - Sun 18 Mar 2018 10:00 to 17:00


Free entry

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Sat 21 Oct - Sun 18 Mar Generation Games
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Oystermouth Road,
Maritime Quater,



Plan route to National Waterfront Museum using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SS 658926  Lat: 51.61618 Long: -3.93970

From outside Swansea, exit the M4 at junction 42 and follow the brown signs. From inside Swansea, the Museum is located on Oystermouth Road next to the LC, Swansea’s Leisure Complex. For satellite navigation purposes use the post code SA1 3ST.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Swansea station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu