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Today, 13th August, the National Museums & Galleries of Wales (NMGW) reaffirmed its commitment to improve its collections facilities, after confirming how a £3.5 million grant from the Welsh Assembly Government is to be spent.

The grant will enable NMGW to extend its existing collections facilities at Nantgarw, Rhondda Cynon Tâf, ensuring that the industrial collections housed there are made even more accessible, whilst addressing recommendations made in the National Audit Office's recent report on the Museum's collections management strategy.

The Museum will be able to provide permanent accessible storage for its collections of machinery including those associated with the Welsh woollen industry. These collections have until recently been housed in various storage locations but now that the newly developed National Woollen Museum in Dre-fach Felindre is opened it will also secure its associated machinery collections for future generations to study.

With the National Waterfront Museum, highlighting the history of industry and innovation of Wales, due to open in summer 2005, the improved facilities will enable NMGW to provide a series of rotating displays on a wide range of industrial topics at the site in Swansea's maritime quarter. The money will also allow NMGW to further develop its partnership work across Wales.

Whilst the main funding for this work has come from the Welsh Assembly Government, NMGW continues to seek private and wider public sector funding to finalise the financial package for the scheme, which will cost approximately £5 million in total.

"We are delighted to announce our exciting plans for developing and improving our collections facilities at NMGW," said Michael Houlihan, the Museum's Director General. "The money allocated by the Welsh Assembly Government is a great boost to our work, and will help us to make our collections, including our important but little-seen reserve collections, more accessible to the public than ever before."

Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport, Alun Pugh AM, added:

"NMGW's collections are a vital part of our national heritage, so it is essential that as many people as possible can enjoy them. This money from the Welsh Assembly Government will help to expand the collections on display for visitors as well as improve storage facilities, so that exhibits are maintained in peak condition."

NMGW currently has six sites across Wales, the National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff; the Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans; Roman Legionary Museum, Caerleon; Big Pit: National Mining Museum, Blaenafon; National Woollen Museum, Dre-fach Felindre and the Welsh Slate Museum, Llanberis. The National Waterfront Museum at Swansea opens in 2005.

Entry to all NMGW sites is free of charge thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.

For more information please contact:
Julie Richards, NMG Press Officer
Direct line: 029 2057 3185

Nick Beasley, NMGW Head of Marketing
Direct line: 029 2057 3176