New Minister for culture in Wales

Today we have a new Minister for Culture and Sport in Wales, following a Welsh Government Cabinet reshuffle which was announced on Twitter: John Griffiths AM.

The eagle eyed among you will notice the portfolio name change too – museums, libraries and archives will now be under Culture and Sport. I’m sure many librarians will be sorry to see our former Minister (Huw Lewis) go, as he was genuinely supportive and enthusiastic for all the work this sector does. He is off to a new portfolio of Communities and Tackling Poverty. Despite that I am  looking forward to working with the new Minister and seeing what his priorities and interests are. I’m sure the whole sector will welcome him to his new post.

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2 Responses to New Minister for culture in Wales

  1. Chris Armstrong says:

    Does this make CyMAL, CyCS? I suppose it was inevitable that libraries would be devalued and sidelined by Welsh government as well. Sad.

    • alysontyler says:

      Hi Chris, thanks for your comment. CyMAL stays as CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales. The Ministerial portfolio we sit in has changed to Culture and Sport, but our name is the same. This is actually going back to a similar name prior to the last 2/3 years, when it was previously culture, sport and possibly media. I don’t think it’s a devaluing of libraries at all. There have been several other changes of responsibilities among Ministerial portfolios, and, in some ways it could be seen as an increase as it’s a smaller portfolio than the previous Housing, Regeneration and Heritage so in fact we may have more time from the Minister, because the previous portfolio was very big. Hope that reassures you! It’s still early days so things will become more settled soon but I don’t see it as a negative thing at all.

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