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Museum Projects Given Cash Boost By Supporters

On the eve of its centenary year, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales has received a cash boost of £20,000, thanks to its group of loyal supporters, the Friends of the Museum.

The money, which is donated annually towards special projects across the Museum, includes money for the new gallery space at St Fagans: National History Museum, which will house an exciting interactive long-term exhibition on the theme of 'belonging', looking at the history of the peoples of Wales. The exhibition opens in spring 2007, and the donation and support of the Friends is very much welcomed by Mark Richards, Director of Strategic Development at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales:

“The Friends’ support is invaluable to us here at the Museum, and we are very grateful to them for their donation again this year. As we enter our centenary year in 2007, we are striving towards realising our aim of becoming a world-class museum of learning, and donations such as these from the Friends of the Museum are a great boost to the work we do.

“As a museum that holds treasures in trust for the nation, we are constantly fundraising and developing relationships across all sectors, and our relationship with the Friends is an important part of this. We look forward to working together as we embark on our second century,” he added.

Other donations from the Friends this year include money towards research grants for staff and providing interactive elements in some of the art galleries, which will be refurbished over the coming months. A brand new archaeological exhibition, Origins, which opens at the end of December 2007, has also received money.

The Chairman of the Friends, Eric Dover, said "since our inception the Friends have been pleased to provide over £350,000 to support the work of the National Museum. We now have over 1,000 members and our numbers are still growing. Anyone wishing to join can contact our membership secretary on (029) 2089 1747."

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales administers seven national museums across Wales. They 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, visit our 07 pages.

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