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Wales might get a National History Museum

In Museum [Insider], new content on April 14, 2010 at 11:25 am

There’s been plenty of debate about whether the UK should have a museum of national history. Loads of other countries have a national history museum and some people think it’s we had one too. The thing is we have a national art collection and we have the British Museum (which isn’t really about Britain) and we have museums of specific chunks of British history. So perhaps we don’t really need one? The jury’s still out on this one.

But it looks like Wales might get one. St Fagans is the most popular museum in Wales with over 600,000 visitors a year. An outdoor museum of Welsh built and cultural heritage, it’s almost a village dedicated to Welsh-ness. Under the umbrella of National Museums Wales (who run the big museums in Cardiff and Swansea, among other places) they have submitted a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £20million to overhaul the place and to turn it into the National Museum of Wales.

They’ll hear back on their funding application in due course, but if you’d like to follow the story I wrote an article about the project for Museum [Insider].

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