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OFFICIAL RELAUNCH FOR THE NATIONAL WOOLLEN MUSEUM

Once at the heart of the Welsh woollen industry, Dre-fach Felindre is again bustling with the noise of looms, thanks to a £2.6 million redevelopment programme at the National Woollen Museum.

Welsh Assembly Government Culture, Welsh Language and Sport Minister, Alun Pugh AM will switch on the power of a Dobcross loom, during an official ceremony on 15 July, to mark to re-opening of the National Museums & Galleries of Wales' flagship site in west Wales.

Speaking ahead of the event, Alun Pugh AM said:
"Dre-fach Felindre was once known as 'the Huddersfield of Wales'. Now, thanks to this new development, visitors will be treated to a fascinating insight into an important part of Welsh industrial history. Free entry, made possible by Welsh Assembly Government funding, is an added incentive for visitors to come to this marvellous museum in the beautiful heart of the Teifi Valley."

The developments at the National Woollen Museum were made possible thanks to major funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund, and Professor Tom Pritchard, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales is delighted with the results:

"The National Woollen Museum is an important part of Welsh industrial heritage. It is vital that this part of our history is celebrated and remembered. HLF is proud to have contributed more than £1 million to this exciting project so that the full story of the Welsh woollen industry can be told. Our funding will help widen opportunities for everyone, so that they can explore, understand and enjoy this national treasure for many years to come."

The redevelopment of the National Woollen Museum forms an integral part of the National Museums & Galleries of Wales (NMGW) industrial strategy. With the support of the Welsh Assembly Government and other funding partners, £40m is being invested in Objective One areas to celebrate the industrial heritage for Wales. The strategy embraces three existing site-specific museums - the National Woollen Museum, the Welsh Slate Museum at Llanberis and Big Pit, the National Mining Museum of Wales in Blaenafon - as well as the development of the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. NMGW President, Paul Loveluck said:

"The National Woollen Museum is the third element of the NMGW industrial strategy to be completed, and we are extremely pleased with the redeveloped site here at Dre-fach Felindre, which tells the story of the Welsh woollen industry in an interesting and entertaining way. The final part of the industrial strategy will be completed in mid 2005, with the opening of the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, bringing together all elements of industry and innovation in an exciting new venue."

The National Woollen Museum is open 7 days a week from 1April to 30 September and 5 days a week from 1 October to 31 March. Entry to the museum is free, thanks to funding from the Welsh Assembly Government.