Amgueddfa Cymru unveils St Fagans redevelopment

Funders include Heritage Lottery Fund and Welsh government
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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.

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