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Welsh Government reveals plans for new museums in Wales

The Welsh Government plans to develop a museum in North Wales, as well as a Football Museum and National Contemporary Art Gallery for Wales.

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The Welsh Government’s policy programme outlines the museum plans, which include an institution in North Wales, a Football Museum in Wrexham and a National Contemporary Art Gallery for Wales.

The government plans to “enable our tourism, sports and arts industries to thrive” and “invest in our theatres and museums, including committing to Theatr Clwyd, establishing the Football Museum and the National Contemporary Art Gallery”.

In addition, the government will “celebrate diversity” and ensure the history and culture of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities “are properly represented by investing further in our cultural sector and museum network”.

Football Museum planned for Wrexham

Plans for the Football Museum and National Contemporary Art Gallery were considered back in 2018. The government will now develop plans for the museum in North Wales.

Previous reports suggest the Football Museum could attract an estimated 80,000 visitors annually, with an estimated annual running cost of £144,500 provided by the Welsh Government. Costs of the gallery project could be between £50m and £180m.

“Our diverse history and culture draws many into Wales and we are determined to do all we can to help our tourism, sports and arts industries recover from the experience of the pandemic,” said First Minister Mark Drakeford.

“Our programme outlines how we will make our local communities more rewarding and vibrant places to live and work in, whilst ensuring we also play our part on the global stage.”

Zip World, an adventure company behind the world’s fastest zip-line, recently opened its latest attraction, Zip World Tower, at the Tower Colliery in the South Wales Valleys.

Zip World has grown rapidly since launching its first zip-line at Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda in 2013. Blooloop spoke to Zip World founder Sean Taylor.

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