The Welsh Government’s Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths announed today (Thursday, 04 April) grants of over £2.17 million to encourage more people to visit and use their local museums, archives and libraries services, awarded via his CyMAL division.
Almost £1 million of capital funding will be allocated to modernise 6 public libraries – Bridgend (Bridgend), Canton (Cardiff), Cwmbran (Torfaen), Haverfordwest (Pembrokeshire), Morriston (Swansea) and Newtown (Powys). This will bring the number of libraries modernised as part of the Welsh Government’s Community Learning Libraries Programme to 89. This is part of the Libraries Inspire strategy for Wales (2012-16).
Around £667,725 has been awarded as revenue grant funding for libraries to deliver year two of Libraries Inspire. Revenue funding awarded for museums is £374,798 and for archives is £142,795 to go towards improving facilities and services to attract more people to benefit from their local museums, archives and library services by encouraging greater community engagement and supporting a number of projects to digitise material to make them available online.
The Minister said: “Our museums, archives and libraries provide free or low cost access to a wealth of resources and activities that can make a real difference in improving people’s lives, especially families on low incomes.
“These grants will create modern, dynamic cultural and educational hubs in our communities for all to enjoy. We are committed to ensuring that our culture and heritage enrich the lives of individuals and communities across Wales and this investment reflects that commitment.”
Attracting more visitors is central to the grants programme and £230,000 has been awarded to Wrexham Library Service to co-ordinate all-Wales campaigns and activities aimed at attracting more people to benefit from their local museums, archives and library services.