£379,613 for six Welsh museums to increase public access

Patrick Steel, 06.06.2017
Welsh government announces £2.7m fund
The Welsh government has awarded £379,613 from its newly-minted £2.7m Transformation Fund to increase public access at six Welsh museums.

Tenby Museum and Art Gallery in Pembrokeshire received £5,126 to install tactile signage at the entrance of the museum to aid visually impaired visitors.

Ceredigion Museum was awarded £31,608 towards the cost of a major redevelopment and the integration of the Tourist Information Centre.

Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw in Gwynedd, received £100,011 to provide a larger space for catering and retail, create new gallery spaces and provide environmentally controlled storage facilities that meet professional standards.

Scolton Manor in Pembrokeshire was awarded £77,500 to open up additional rooms in the Manor House Museum, create new temporary exhibition spaces and improve facilities for Haverfordwest Museum volunteers, who support the museum.

Pontypridd Museum in Rhondda Cynon Taf received £50,000 to relocate and upgrade the lift in the museum, offering improved and increased access to all areas of the museum and community spaces in the building.

And Oriel Ynys Mon in the Isle of Anglesey, was awarded £115,368 to enhance its café and retail offer, as well as a new meeting and research room to support educational community activities and improved IT facilities.

The Welsh government’s cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure, Ken Skates, said: “I am pleased to announce this funding of over £2.7m for our museums, archives and libraries.

“These important cultural services are developing ways to engage more people to participate in culture, improving their creative and learning offers, and enabling people to reach their potential through new opportunities.

“Transforming the cultural and learning experience to open up opportunities to participate in culture is central to this funding. I want as many people as possible to experience the varied and stimulating cultural collections and learning experiences available in museums, libraries and archives across Wales.”

The Transformation Fund will also support the digital offer from museums, archives and libraries in Wales, with funding for archive services to improve online access.