Cultural Ambition partner named Museum of the Year

 8 July 2019

St Fagans National Museum of History in South Wales has been named the UK’s Museum of the Year. The museum, which is also a participant in the Cultural Ambition programme, receives not only the prestigious title, but £100,000 prize money.

Young people on the Cultural Ambition project have spent their traineeships at St Fagans.
Young people on the Cultural Ambition project have spent their traineeships at St Fagans.

The Museum of the Year Award seeks out museums and galleries across the UK that have shown exceptional imagination, innovation and achievement. In the last year St Fagans completed its £30 million redevelopment project, Making History and became Wales’ National Museum of History.

They stayed open during this time, engaging 720,000 people in shaping the museum’s transformation through an imaginative public programme – reflecting the museum’s aim to create history ‘with’ rather than ‘for’ the people of Wales.

Creative & Cultural Skills’ Cultural Ambition programme aims to support young people to gain experience and skills in the cultural heritage sector by creating 33 paid training placements at various sites across Wales. St Fagans is part of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, which is one of the lead partners in the project. The museum is currently hosting trainee Adam Latchford and has previously hosted Freya Chambers and Lloyd Purnell.

Cultural Ambition Project Coordinator, Jo Esposti, said “We are so pleased to hear that St Fagans has been named Museum of the Year. Cultural Ambition is about making sure that the heritage sector in Wales is diverse and accessible. Having the chance to place young people in some of our most prestigious heritage sites shows real commitment from the sector to bringing a wider range of people into the creative industries, and we are delighted that St Fagans has been recognised for their innovative work.”

David Anderson, Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and Creative & Cultural Skills board member said:

“It is the right of every citizen to participate in culture. I am delighted that St Fagans has been recognised by the Art Fund Museum of the Year judges for the work that we do at the Museum, to give everybody an opportunity to engage with culture in a meaningful way.Thank you to museum staff past and present, and all our visitors, supporters, volunteers and partners, who have become part of the Amgueddfa Cymru family over the last 10 years. Without you, St Fagans would not be the Museum it is today.”

Applications for Cohort 3 of Cultural Ambition are open until 30 August. 

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