Ganesha on display in Gweithdy, a space celebrating making at NMW's St Fagans site

National Museum Wales to build on "cultural democracy" model

Simon Stephens, 24.10.2019
Organisation unveils plans in annual review
Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales - NMW) is to build on its national museum model that is based on “Welsh communitarian traditions and the principles of cultural democracy”, according to the organisation’s 2018-19 annual review.

During the year, National Museum Wales completed the £30m of the St Fagans National Museum of History, which won the 2019 Art Fund Museum of the Year award. Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar described the museum as “monument to modern museum democracy”.

David Anderson, the director general of NMW, said that over the coming year the organisation will be working on a new 10-year strategy. This will set out how it will work with partners across Wales and how it will support the country in achieving the goals in the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.

The act requires public bodies in Wales to think about the long-term impact of their decisions, to work better with people, communities and each other, and to prevent persistent problems such as poverty, health inequalities and climate change.

“We have made significant steps in the past few years but are acutely aware that there is a lot more to do” Anderson said. “We can build on our work and continue to innovate and form new partnerships.”

The annual review showed that NMW attracted 1,887,376 visitors in 2018-19 to its seven museums. It hosted 57 exhibitons and more than 208,000 schoolchildren and students took part in its learning programme. It also contributed £83m to the Welsh economy.