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European Success for National Wool Museum

National Wool Museum Curator and Manager, Sally Moss, has just returned from a successful visit to Lisbon, Portugal, where she attended the 2006 European Museum of the Year Award. The museum, in the west Wales village of Dre-fach Felindre, tells the story of the woollen industry in Wales, and was praised in this year's competition for its ability to meet the needs and wishes of its visitors, providing for their comfort and convenience.

Speaking after the award-giving, Mrs. Moss, enthused:

"We are delighted to have been praised in such a prestigious Europe-wide award scheme. The whole experience of taking part in the award has been extremely positive and rewarding for all of us at the National Wool Museum.

"The museum re-opened in 2004 following a huge redevelopment programme, and it is therefore very satisfying to have been praised in a category relating to the visitor experience at the museum.

"It has been our aim to put Welsh textiles and history of the textile industry in Wales on the map, and given the response we received at the European Museum of the Year Awards, we're well on our way to achieving this goal. We've made some fantastic contacts across Europe, and we're really looking forward to developing further our relationship with a number of other museums," she added.

Mrs Moss, who attended the event dressed in an exclusive Melin Tregwynt jacket, completed the week before the event, also carried a traditional Welsh nursing shawl – one of the many high-quality gifts available in the museum shop, which is being developed as a showcase for the very best in Welsh textiles.

The National Wool Museum is one of seven museums across Wales administered by Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales. The others are National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans: National History Museum, National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, National Slate Museum, Llanberis and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales celebrates its centenary in 2007. For more details, visit .

Entry to all Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales sites is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.

Notes for Editors

For more information, contact Gwenllïan Carr, Head of Press and Public Relations, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales – 07974 205 849.