Wednesday 03 April 2013
The new heritage visitor centre in Amlwch which tells the story of how Anglesey was once the world’s leading copper producer, was today congratulated for being shortlisted for a prestigious heritage award.
The Copper Kingdom, which opened last year and which has been backed by £460,000 from the Welsh Government’s Mon a Menai regeneration programme and £94,000 from Cadw, as well as support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has been shortlisted for the Guardian’s Heritage and Museum Awards 2013. It is one of five attractions, out of 500, to be shortlisted and is the only one from Wales.
The awards look for the most inspiring museum or heritage visitor attraction of the past year which should be a shining example of how to engage with audiences and visitors.
Regeneration Minister Carl Sargeant said: 'It is a tremendous achievement to be recognised in this way less than a year after opening. The centre is an innovative and exciting way of preserving and telling the story of Anglesey’s heritage. It will also play an important role in boosting the tourism industry on the island.'
Minister for Culture and Sport John Griffiths said: 'I’d like to congratulate Menter Mon and the Copper Kingdom for being the only attraction in Wales to be shortlisted for this award. The attraction makes clear the history of Parys Mountain, the town and the port and is a valuable asset for the area.'
The centre, which has been developed by Menter Môn in association with the Amlwch Heritage Trust, is part of a major project to preserve and promote industrial, social and environmental heritage of Mynydd Parys and north eastern Anglesey. This is one of 24 schemes to benefit from Cadw’s Heritage Tourism Project which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.
The public will now be able to vote for the winning attraction which will be announced at the Museums and Heritage Awards 2013.
The other attractions shortlisted are:
Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre, Surrey
Grant Museum of Zoology, London
Museum of London, City of London
Stow Maries Aerodrome, Essex