The Welsh Liberal Democrats Heritage Spokesperson, Peter Black has joined in the celebration of the first ever Welsh Museums Festival by visiting Bridgend’s only museum situated in the old Police Station in Porthcawl.
Welsh Museums have worked closely with CyMAL to plan the Welsh Museums Festival to coincide with the Museums Association (MA) Conference & Exhibition which is taking place at the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC), Cardiff yesterday and today.
Porthcawl Museum is currently running an exhibition explaining how the town invited and welcomed 56 Belgian Refugees into their life for the duration of the First World War. Mr. Black was shown around the exhibits and discussed with the volunteers their plans for refurbishing the museum.
“This visit was a particular pleasure for me,” said Mr. Black, “as until recently the future of this museum has been under threat. However, I understand that talks been the society who run the facility and the council have been very productive and that there is a distinct possibility that the society will be able to take a lease on the building and apply for grants to improve it.
“Museums are very important in bringing our history to life and helping us to learn more about the communities we live in. In these straightened times it is essential that we do everything we can to keep them open and thriving.”
Note: The Festival runs from 4-12October, with events taking place in every corner of the country. Details are available on: www.welshmuseums.co.uk
The attached photos show Peter Black with the Secretary of Porthcawl museum, Mrs Ceri Joseph and Peter Black in a mock-up of a World War One trench.