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Big Pit celebrates its best ever season

Six months after officially re-opening, Big Pit: National Mining Museum of Wales is celebrating its best season ever, with over 120,000 visitors at the site so far this season - a 25% increase on the same period last year.

Big Pit's success helped to boost the visitor figures for the National Museums & Galleries of Wales to over half a million over a three month period, with NMGW as a whole enjoying its most successful season since 2001, when the Welsh Assembly Government's free entry policy was introduced.

Big Pit forms the centrepiece of the Blaenafon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site, and its continued success has helped to bring more visitors to the area from Wales, the UK and beyond.

Big Pit: National Mining Museum of Wales was officially re-launched in April 2004, following a £7.2million redevelopment, which included a £5.3million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund with additional aid coming from Welsh Assembly Government, Wales Tourist Board and a number of private trusts and funds.

The redevelopment forms an integral part of NMGW's £40 million industrial strategy, which embraces three existing site-specific museums