Conwy County Borough Council has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Conwy Culture Centre project, it was announced today.
The project aims to create a new integrated Culture Centre for Conwy County, incorporating a community heritage and arts hub, archive, area library and youth centre.
Development funding of £75,100 has also been awarded by HLF to help Conwy County Borough Council progress plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.
The aim of the proposed Culture Centre is to improve access to and enjoyment of Conwy’s archive, heritage and library collections for residents and visitors to Conwy county and town.
Located on the site of the old Bodlondeb school just outside Conwy town walls, the design of the Centre will be sympathetic to the town’s history and will include an external reading court and green spaces for visitors to enjoy.
The Council’s Archive and Museum collections comprise over 80,000 catalogued documents and nearly 1000 objects. Together, they help tell the story of the development of the area and its people from prehistory to the present day. The collections shed light on every aspect of people’s lives throughout history: their communities, faith, school and education, working lives, culture, holidays and leisure. In particular they illustrate the remarkable rise of the resort towns of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay that remain so important today.
Commenting on the award, Cllr Chris Hughes, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Communities said:
“This is a highly innovative and exciting project. By locating our library, museum, archive and youth services together under one roof there is tremendous potential for bringing our unique and rich heritage to as wide an audience as possible. We want to make sure that the county’s historical collections are developed for the benefit of everyone living in, or visiting, Conwy County. The Culture Centre will offer a hub for developing the heritage offer, and working with our independent museums, history groups, heritage volunteers and historical attractions.”
Richard Bellamy, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales said:
“Thanks to National Lottery players, we are pleased to support this exciting project which has great potential to have a lasting impact on the cultural services in the county. We have received fewer applications for funding from Conwy than other areas in Wales and we are working pro-actively in the area to increase the number of applications we receive. This initial grant will help to develop detailed plans and we look forward to hearing how the project develops over the coming months.”