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History Matters says Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales

Why is history important to us? How would we like the beginning of the 21st century to be remembered by future generations? Are we doing enough to remember and celebrate the lives of our forefathers?

The History Matters…Pass it On campaign, organized by some of Wales's foremost culture organizations, is a great opportunity to have your say on these subjects and many more.

History Matters is organized by Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales, Cadw, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Trust to promote history's importance in all our lives. There's a chance to have your say, with campaign postcards available at all Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales, National Trust and Cadw sites across the whole of Wales.

Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales sees the campaign as the perfect opportunity to promote Welsh history, and Director General, Michael Houlihan, says:

"Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales is delighted to be able to join forces with the other major pan-Wales heritage organizations with the aim of promoting the importance of history. Unless a society has an awareness of its past - both achievements and mistakes - it is not able to make informed decisions about the kind of society it might wish to be for the future.

"That is why we are committed to developing a museum of national history for Wales - beginning with increasing the range of interpretation at St Fagans, to give a clear historical timeline and opportunities to explore the complex layers of personal experiences that formed the societies and individuals who live in Wales today. This will be the first phase of a ten-year programme to create a national museum of archaeology and history at St Fagans."

The campaign will also have a profile at this year's National Eisteddfod, with a chance to fill in questionnaires and postcards in a number of stands and stalls, including Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales's stand, which is a joint presence with the National Library of Wales this year.

A History Matters breakfast is being held as part of Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales's support for the campaign. This will be held at the National Waterfront Museum, Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales's latest family member, to celebrate the start of the National Eisteddfod in the Swansea area.

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.

Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales celebrates its centenary in 2007. For more details go to our 07 pages <> .

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