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INVESTMENT IN ARCHIVES ANNOUNCED

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Grants worth£164,000 to make archives more accessible to local communities have been announced....
Grants worth£164,000 to make archives more accessible to local communities have been announced.

At the annual meeting of UK archivists in Cardiff yesterday, the minister announced 26 grants for archive services across Wales to support archives and increase public access.

Denbighshire Record Office receives a grant of£8,196 to work with the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and the local community to make the historical archives of the Eisteddfod available to the public for the first time. This important project will coincide with the 60th anniversary of the first public meeting that proposed holding the Eisteddfod.

West Glamorgan Archive Service receives£5,362 to digitise important cine films that provide a valuable record of Swansea in the mid-twentieth century. Digitisation and conservation work will make these films accessible to the public, ensuring that the people of Swansea can view this unique record of their heritage.

Culture minister Alun Pugh said: 'Archives play a vital role in preserving our cultural heritage. It's important to invest in our archive services so that we are able to learn from our past. This funding will go a long way to making archive services more accessible to people across Wales. Archive services make a great contribution to communities by preserving the history of the local area.'

Note

CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales is a division of the Welsh Assembly Government. It came into being on 1 April 2004 and has been set up to help ensure that local museum, archive and library services in Wales develop to meet the needs of people in the 21st century.

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