To coincide with the Museums Association Conference in Cardiff next week, the Welsh museum community has come together to launch the first ever Welsh Museums Festival. There is a real buzz with lots of interest from media, politicians and the public. We’ve invited Nicola Williams to tell us more about their plans:
Get ready to ‘Be Amazed’!
The first ever Welsh Museums Festival is just around the corner, from 4-12 October at museums across Wales to coincide with the Museum Association Conference which takes place 9-10 October at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
There will be a variety of events, activities and exhibitions happening at participating museums to include exclusive access to stores, talks, walks, trails, drawing and art workshops for all the family – take a look at www.welshmuseums.co.uk
David Anderson, Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and President of the Museums Association comments “The Welsh Museums Festival provides an important platform for Museums to promote the quality and the breadth of the collections, and the work being done by the sector in every corner of Wales. The MA conference will form an important part of the celebrations, and I’m personally delighted that Welsh Museums will have the opportunity to showcase how the work that has been undertaken since the conference last came to Wales in 1997.
“Museums are more than just a collection of buildings and objects. They provide people with affordable, inspiring and uplifting things to do and places to go, on their own or with their families and friends, which can help improve their quality of life. I would like to urge as many people as possible to visit a Museum during the course of the Festival, and discover or rediscover all that is on offer.”
Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism commented, “Museums are an integral part of our communities in Wales. As well as serving local people, they also contribute to the economy through tourism. I am delighted to support the Welsh Museums Festival and would encourage everyone to take the opportunity to visit their local museum.”
There will be a social media campaign to encourage visitors to share via Twitter their favourite museums, memories, stories and photos using the hashtags #welshmuseumsfest and #gwylamgueddfeydd. For more information please visit www.welshmuseums.co.uk or @welshmuseums.
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