The council will look at alternative uses for some of its cultural venues, including Beaumaris Goal. Photograph by Ian Taylor, taken as part of the Geograph project collection (www.geograph.org.uk). Licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Anglesey considers future of museum and heritage sites

Simon Stephens, 23.09.2015
County council needs to find big financial savings next year
Anglesey County Council is considering transferring its museums and heritage sites to other organisations.

The council is asking for expressions of interest from town and community councils, social enterprises, businesses, trusts and other organisations with the appropriate resources, expertise and experience. This follows its decision in July to review the way it provides museum and cultural services as it looks to find cuts of about £5.2m before the next financial year.

Anglesey's cultural venues comprise Oriel Ynys Môn, a purpose-built museum and art gallery near Llangefni that includes spaces dedicated to Welsh artist Kyffin Williams; Beaumaris Goal and Beaumaris Courthouse; and Melin Llynnon and Roundhouses, near Llanddeusant, which features the only working windmill in Wales.

The council will consider various models to manage the facilities for their current use. In terms of Beaumaris Goal, Beaumaris Courthouse and Llynnon, it will look at alternative/additional uses as long as they protect the character, appearance, architectural and historic features of the buildings.

“Our main aim is to develop a new and sustainable business model, or models, to safeguard the future of these sites, and protect and preserve the island’s culture and heritage,” said council leader Ieuan Williams.

The council said that no decision has been made on the future of these sites and they may remain in house.

More information and details about how to express an interest in these assets can be found at www.sell2wales.gov.uk.

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