The Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths has today announced the latest round of grant funding for Welsh libraries, archives and museums.
Making the announcement at the Richard Burton Archives in Swansea University the Minister outlined how the £2.2m funding will be used to develop, promote access to and encourage use of the rich and diverse collections on offer at museums, archives and libraries across the country.
This new allocation for 2014-15 will be broken down by:
- nearly £1m to modernise 9 libraries at Pontardawe, Llantwit Major, Ely, Grangetown, Pembroke Dock, Llandrindod Wells, Aberfan, Pennard and a mobile library in Ceredigion
- £400,000 to ensure the continued success and popularity of Welsh museums including the development of joint marketing opportunities
- £685,000 to develop library services such as improving digital inclusion and sharing resources
- £140,000 for archives in order to widen access to archival resources.
The Minister made the announcement at the Richard Burton Archives in Swansea University, which is one of four archive services across Wales to benefit from grant funding to open up access to their collections relating to the steel industry as part of the ‘Wales Showing Our Metal‘ project.
A Welsh Government grant of £20,000 along with £56,000 from the from the National Cataloguing grant scheme will enable the Richard Burton Archives, Glamorgan Archives, Flintshire Record Office, Archives and Records Council Wales, Wrexham Archives and Local Studies to catalogue and make details available online of the archives of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation, British Steel Collection and the Brymbo Steel works collection.
John Griffiths said:
“This welcome investment will enable local museums, archives and libraries to develop their services, improve facilities and encourage greater use by the public.
“It will help promote our rich culture and heritage and ensure that more people can access and enjoy our collections. An excellent example of this is the charity Kids in Museums. They have received a grant of £34,870 to increase participation in museums by children and young people across Wales.
“The Steel industry has played a key role in the development of Wales and the ‘Wales Showing our Metal’ project will enable researchers of all ages to understand the legacy of the steel industry and its ongoing impact on Welsh communities.
“Without the support of archive services and this investment, these records could have been lost to future generations.”
Elisabeth Bennett, Head of the Richard Burton Archives at Swansea University, said:
“Archives have a vital role to play in bringing the past to life, as we see from the huge public interest in the First World War.
“The funding announced today is a very welcome boost for our work on the history of steel in Wales, which has been an untold story for too long. By cataloguing the archives and making them accessible, we will be able to make the fascinating history of steel available to all.”
The funding programme is administered by the Welsh Government’s CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales division.