Welsh heritage projects benefit from multi-million pound funding boost

Thursday 01 December 2011

Hafod Copper Works - copyright Huw Bowen

Nine heritage projects across Wales are to benefit from a £2.4 million funding boost from the Welsh Government, Housing, Regeneration and Heritage Minister Huw Lewis announced today [Friday 2 December]

The funding comes from the Welsh Government’s £19m Heritage Tourism Project, which is backed with £8.5m of European funding.  The project aims to maximise the economic value of heritage through increasing the volume, length and value of visits to Wales, linking themes of Welsh heritage at national, regional and local levels.The project will also make sure that Wales’s outstanding heritage is more accessible and enjoyable to visit – for those who live in Wales and for visitors.

The funding will support the following projects, with a total project cost of £3.7 million:

£1.001 million towards a project led by Gwynedd and Conwy Councils to support a number of collaborative schemes, covering industrial heritage, principally the quarrying industry, prehistory and pilgrimage.

£521,000 towards a Swansea University project at Hafod and Morfa Copperworks to make the site accessible and provide interpretation of the historical significance of the site.

£171,000 towards a Pembrokeshire National Park Authority project to enhance the site at Castell Henllys including developing it as a regional hub for the origins and prehistory of Wales.
£152,000 to the Ffestiniog Railway Trust to allow regular public access to Ffestiniog Railway’s engineering and carriage workshops for the first time and provide interpretation of both the site and of its locality.

£168,000 towards a National Trust-led project to enhance and link the Roman heritage in Carmarthenshire.

£107,000 to Treftadaeth Llandre to create a discovery trail of unique and interesting churches and chapels in Ceredigion.

£101,000 to PLANED in Pembrokeshire to help tell the story of the Defence of the Realm story in Pembrokeshire and to develop two event packages.

£78,750 to Denbighshire County Council to improve the link between Denbigh town and castle and provide increased interpretation within the town centre.

£78,500 to Denbighshire County Council to improve access and interpretation at the Llangollen canal stretch of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage site.

Huw Lewis said: 'Tourism is an extremely important contributor to the Welsh economy and Wales’s striking and diverse historic environment is the reason many visitors come to Wales. I’m pleased that we have been able to offer this substantial funding to these nine projects across Wales.  This will allow us to develop facilities to tell Wales’s story and to give visitors and residents a better understanding of our history and culture from different periods.'