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National Slate Museum Pledges support for Swansea's bid to be UK top museum

Today (3 April 2006), Dr Dafydd Roberts, Keeper at Llanberis' National Slate Museum, has called on the people of north Wales to support Swansea's National Waterfront Museum's bid in the 2006 Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year. He says:

"The National Waterfront Museum tells the story of industry and innovation here in Wales since the time of the Industrial Revolution. We support the museum's bid and urge people to go to the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales website to pledge their support.

"The museum has already reached the top ten in this year's competition, and with only a week to go before the final shortlist is announced, we're keen for as many people as possible to show their support to the museum."

The final shortlist for this year's Gulbenkian Prize will be released on 12 April, and the winning museum will receive the accolade of 2006 Museum of the Year at a special ceremony in London during May.

Both the National Slate Museum and the National Waterfront Museum are part of the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales family, responsible for seven national museums across Wales. The others are National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans: National History Museum, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon – winner of the 2005 Gulbenkian Prize, the National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre and the National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon.

Entry to all the museums is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.

For more details on Swansea's bid in this year's Gulbenkian Prize, click here.

Notes to Editors

For more information, contact Julie Williams, Promotions Officer, National Slate Museum, 01286 870 630.