The exterior of the redeveloped main building at the St Fagans National Museum of History in Cardiff

Amgueddfa Cymru unveils St Fagans redevelopment

Simon Stephens, 19.07.2017
Funders include Heritage Lottery Fund and Welsh government
Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales – NMW) unveiled the redeveloped main building at the St Fagans National Museum of History in Cardiff on 14 July.

This is part of the wider £30m Making History project at St Fagans, which will be completed in October 2018. NMW also opened Gweithdy, a new building for craft and making.

The Grade II-listed main building, originally designed by the Percy Thomas Partnership and completed in 1975, has been refurbished by main contractor Kier Construction and architect Purcell. There is a new entrance, reception area, shop and cafe. The Weston Centre for Learning includes activity spaces and a lecture theatre.

Gweithdy, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, is designed to encourage visitors to experience traditional craft skills first-hand.

“The complete redevelopment of the main building and the construction of a multi-purpose sustainable building are key to delivering our vision at St Fagans, not only to extend the timeline of the stories told at St Fagans but also to be a museum that makes a difference to people’s lives – a place where everyone can share knowledge, collections and skills and importantly make history together,” said David Anderson, the director general at NMW.

“The Making History project is a distinctively Welsh – and globally significant – model for museums, one rooted in social engagement and cultural democracy.”

Funders for the project include the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Welsh Government, NMW and private donations.