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Gulbenkian winner pledges support to National Waterfront Museum

Big Pit, the winner of last year’s Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year has pledged its support for the only Welsh museum in this year’s competition.

The National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, which opened to the public last autumn, telling the story of industry and innovation of the people of Wales and their impact on the world, has made it to the last ten in the biggest arts prize in the UK.

Keeper & Manager of Big Pit, Peter Walker, said: “Winning this prize has been an amazing experience for us. It has enabled us to attract a lot more visitors and also to reinforce our reputation as a Museum.

“One of the most important aspects of the competition for us was the feedback visitors and supporters left on the Gulbenkian website, and I would urge the people who supported us in 2005 to get behind the National Waterfront Museum this year and see if we can bring this prize to Wales again this year.”

To pledge your support for the national Waterfront Museum, Swansea, click here and follow the link to the Gulbenkian website.

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales operates seven national museums across Wales. These are National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans: National History Museum, National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, National Slate Museum, Llanberis and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

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

Notes to Editors

For further details on Big Pit’s support, please contact:

Kathryn Stowers, Marketing & PR Officer: Big Pit.
Tel: 01495 790311. Mob: 07970 017210
Email Kathryn Stowers