The Welsh Government has today announced a new funding package for the National Library of Wales and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.
The package includes £6.2m over financial years 2020-21 and 2021-22, providing the Library with £2.25m and the Museum with £3.95m to safeguard jobs and deliver new strategic priorities. The funding for the Library also includes £0.75m to accelerate the implementation of the findings of the recent Tailored Review.
Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas said: “I am pleased to announce this funding which will safeguard and support two of our most important cultural institutions during this very challenging period. We have been in continuous contact with the Library and with Amgueddfa Cymru for quite some time, and are taking steps to protect jobs and to ensure the sustainability of these bodies, who are responsible for caring for our national collections on behalf of the people of Wales.
“Since the publication of the findings of the Tailored Review in November 2020, the Library has progressed significantly with the action plan to implement the Review recommendations – this momentum and a focus on what needs to be done has allowed us to develop the necessary implementation budget.”
Rebecca Evans MS, Minister of Finance and Trefnydd commented: “I am pleased to confirm this support despite one of the most challenging budget settlements Wales has faced. This package will address immediate challenges and allows both Amgueddfa Cymru and the National Library the time and space to take forward new plans to ensure greater stability for the long term. This will include progress on sustainability, digital transformation and broader outreach and engagement activity with the communities of Wales.”
Roger Lewis, President, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales said: “We very much welcome this increased funding and support from the Welsh Government in these most difficult of times. The impact of COVID-19 has posed unprecedented challenges for many organisations and businesses in Wales, and Amgueddfa Cymru is no exception. This additional money places us in a stronger position to face these challenges, ensuring Amgueddfa Cymru can actively work to support the healing and rebuilding of the communities of Wales. We sincerely thank the Welsh Government for recognising and supporting the vital role of our cultural institutions in building a better Wales for everyone.”
Meri Huws, President, National Library of Wales, said: “I welcome the Welsh Government’s decision to provide this additional funding to the Library, which means that we will be able to address the main recommendations of the Tailored Review as well as put our exciting new Strategic Plan in action.”