Anglesey has successfully bid for more than £260,000 from a key fund aimed to improving services in museums and libraries.
Holyhead Library’s new home and Oriel Môn are both set to benefit from funding provided by the Welsh Government’s Museums Archives and Libraries Division (MALD).
Currently being refurbished, the Market Hall building will provide a new home for Holyhead Library. A £152,000 grant will fund library and local history hub furniture, signage, two self-service machines, ensuring an exciting space for visitors.
The new library will boast improved and additional community facilities for learning, with an area for reading groups, craft sessions, and meetings. A large central atrium will also provide a venue for a wide range of activities, heritage walks, story sessions and talks as well as areas to sit and enjoy the building and library.
Anglesey Library Service Manager, Rachel Rowlands, said,
“The Market Hall project is an exciting opportunity for our Library Service and this grant means we can ensure that the new library housed there will be of a high standard. Holyhead library is a much loved community resource and we’re delighted that this funding will provide a much improved visitor experience in a fantastic new setting.”
Oriel Môn’s grant of £115,368 will see major improvements to its conference room, shop and café, entrance, toilets, wi-fi, lighting, and signage. It will also fund a small research room which will house books belonging to Charles Tunnicliffe and Kyffin Williams.
Oriel Môn’s Senior Manager, Esther Roberts, added,
“Oriel Môn is a fantastic gallery and museum, but having had little refurbishment since the gallery was opened 26 years ago some of our amenities are showing their age. . This grant will enable us to make the necessary updates and ensure that we can offer the best possible experience to our visitors.”
Anglesey’s Head of Learning, Delyth Molyneux, was delighted with news of a significant funding boost for these key sites.
“Our aim is to encourage and extend access to the cultural collections and learning experiences available in our libraries and at Oriel Môn. This is excellent news, given that both services are undergoing a transformation programme, and the substantial Welsh Government funding secured will ensure that the visitor experience is central to our journey, providing opportunities to participate in culture, learning and reading for pleasure.”
The Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, announced the Museums Archives and Libraries Division funding as part of a package that will see £2.7 million invested in Welsh museums, archives and libraries.