Museums & Heritage

Amguedda Cymru – National Museum Wales

Amgueddfa Cymru is an umbrella organisation consisting of seven museums across Wales that together welcomed over 1.7 million visitors in 2017 – the highest ever number since the organisation was formed in 1907. The museums make a vital contribution to tourism and employment, collectively contributing approximately £83 million in gross value to the economic development of Wales.

National Museum of History in Wales, St Fagans, is the most visited of the seven national museums and stands in the grounds of St Fagans Castle, a short bus ride from Cardiff. On its 100 acre site the museum houses original Welsh buildings that explore how the people of Wales have lived, worked and spent their leisure time. In 2013 St Fagan’s embarked on a major capital project to transform its visitor and learning experience. The project entailed the addition of new historic buildings, an arts and crafts centre, new visitor and education centres and enhanced retail and café provision to help the organisation’s financial sustainability. A key component of the project was the new learning centre which has enabled the organisation to significantly expand its informal and formal learning and outreach programmes. St Fagans works with a range of local community groups and involved these in the design of the facilities and programmes in addition to providing training and volunteering opportunities.

The museum’s business plans contained visitor and financial projections that were based on careful research and the organisation’s experience. The Foundation made a significant grant to help kick-start the fundraising in 2013 and, aware of how hard fundraising is, made a second grant to help close the campaign.

“We are deeply grateful to the Garfield Weston Foundation for supporting our work here in Wales. The Foundation’s gift towards the major redevelopment of St Fagans helped to close the project’s fundraising gap and will go a long way in helping to ensure that St Fagans can encourage wider access and participation.”  Richard Nicholls, Development Director