Minister announces £1.35m for museums, archives and libraries in Wales

During a visit to Glamorgan Archives on 22 May 2018, the Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, announced that museums, archives and libraries in Wales will benefit from over £1.35 million Welsh Government capital funding to develop and enhance their facilities and services.

The Transformation Capital Grant Programme is supporting, museums, archives and libraries  to transform services for users, and ensure their future sustainability.  

The fund will modernise three libraries, in Ringland, Pyle, and Tonypandy, creating new community facilities, and supporting the establishment of wider ‘hubs’ where people can access library services alongside a range of other amenities.  Funding is also provided to contribute to the integration of library and heritage services in Carmarthenshire and Conwy.  A new archive repository will be added to the existing library building in Carmarthen, and the Conwy Culture Centre development will see the establishment of a new cultural destination, providing access to the library, archive and heritage collections.

Four museums will receive transformation funding to widen access to their collections.

Announcing the funding, the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: 

“I am delighted to be able to announce this funding of over £1.35 million for our museums, archives and libraries. I have seen first hand the improvements this fund has already made in creating bright, modern and welcoming spaces for everyone. 

“The Welsh Government remains committed to supporting these important services. This fund will widen access for our communities, promoting cultural engagement, providing learning opportunities and supporting community cohesion and prosperity.  I look forward to visiting the new facilities in due course, and encourage everyone to see what their local museum, archive or library  has to offer. ”

Full press release on the Welsh Government website.