Llandudno Museum & Gallery has received £33,171 from the Arts Council of Wales to sustain the Museum & Gallery financially during the pandemic. Since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown began Llandudno Museum & Gallery has not able to earn any income and has had to draw on our reserves. Like many other museums there are everyday operating expenses and pandemic related costs accruing to the project due to the delay. We do not know when we will be able to welcome visitors as this has caused delays to our project and our planned opening which was in June.

However,  we are making tentative plans, and looking at different scenarios thanks to the support of this grant. We feel positive about the future of our organisation thanks to this grant via National Lottery players, up to £600 million has been made available to support communities throughout the UK during the Coronavirus crisis.

Though, we are not able to carry out any of our normal outreach activities such as giving talks out in the community we have been busy on social media providing interesting facts to keep our community engaged and spread the word about our fascinating history for example,  Lewis Valentine Plaid Cymru’s first parliamentary candidate in 1929 was also the minister at Tabernacle, Llandudno.

We have also been producing educational materials to contribute to home schooling in these unusual times and progressing projects with schools to keep our young people engaged and stimulated.

Roy Haley at Llandudno Museum & Gallery  said: “Thanks to the Arts Council of Wales, the   National Lottery and its players we can now plan ahead knowing we are supported. We’re grateful that money raised from the  National Lottery is supporting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.”

 

Arts and heritage are vitally important to our communities,  and the ability to record and engage positively with the historic time we are living through will not only benefit our communities now but in the future. By looking back, we can look forward with greater understanding and create a more positive future from our experiences. The support of the Arts Council of Wales and National Lottery players is essential in helping us and other arts and heritage institutions come out the other side.

 

 

Notes to editors

For further information about Llandudno Museum & Gallery Community Heritage Project images and interview opportunities, please contact:

Dawn Lancaster dawn@llandudnomueum.co.uk    Tel 07434 748700

About  Chardon Trust- Llandudno Museum.

The Chardon Trust was established in 1927 after F.E. Chardon bequeathed his property (Rapallo House) and its contents to the town of Llandudno. In accordance with Chardon’s will, and with support from the National Museum of Wales, Rapallo House was converted into a public museum and art gallery, and was officially opened by the Right Hon. Lord Kenyon, K.C.V.O. on 22nd June, 1927.Rapello House, which for more than 60 years remained the site for Llandudno’s local museum was sold when the museum was moved to Gloddaeth Street in November 1995. The Chardon Trust continue run Llandudno Museum & Gallery which is a vital educational heritage resource and visitor attraction.

 

About the National Lottery

  • Since the National Lottery’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994, more than £40 billion has been raised for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community.
  • National Lottery players contribute around £30 million to good causes every week.
  • The National Lottery has made more than 5,500 millionaires but its primary purpose is giving to good causes - over 565,000 individual grants have been awarded across the UK, that’s the equivalent of 200 life-changing projects in every UK postcode district.

 

The Arts Council of Wales is the country’s official public body for funding and developing the arts.

Every day, people across Wales are enjoying and taking part in the arts. We help to support and grow this activity. We do this by using the public funds that are made available to us by the Welsh Government and by distributing the money we receive as a good cause from the National Lottery.

By managing and investing these funds in creative activity, the Arts Council contributes to people’s quality of life and to the cultural, social and economic well-being of Wales.”