CGI of St Fagans

St Fagans awarded £11.5m lottery funding

Rebecca Atkinson, 23.07.2012
HLF also awards £7m to redevelop Piece Hall in Halifax
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £11.5m to Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales for the redevelopment of St Fagans National History Museum – its largest ever grant awarded in Wales.

The Creu Hanes - Making History project will cost a total of £25m and includes the construction of a new building featuring gallery and activity spaces as well as a cafe and other visitor facilities.

Two new historical structures based on archaeological remains will also be built; an iron-age farmstead and Llys Rhosyr, a 13th century royal court.

Manon Williams, chairwoman of the HLF committee for Wales, said: “"Making History will become an exemplar project for us, demonstrating how lottery money can have a positive impact on heritage, economic development, tourism, regeneration and skills.”

The Welsh government has earmarked £6m funding for the five-year project and the the National Museum Wales has also launched a fundraising appeal.  

David Anderson, director general of National Museum Wales, said: “For the first time, Wales will have its own national museum of history that will tell the story of everyone in Wales, from the past to the present.”

Meanwhile, HLF has also awarded Calderdale Council £7m to redevelop the Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, into a £19m visitor and heritage centre.

The project, which starts next year and aims to complete in 2015, is part of the regeneration of Halifax, with the hall offering shopping, eating and drinking opportunities, as well as events and learning activities. Once completed, Piece Hall will be transferred to an independent trust.

Tim Swift, the leader of Calderdale Council, said: “A revitalised Piece Hall will be a magnet for visitors, offering a spectacular heritage attraction and public space and excellent leisure and retail business opportunities. This will be of huge economic benefit to the town and to Calderdale as a borough.”