The project aims to create a new integrated Culture Centre for Conwy County, incorporating a community heritage and arts hub, archive and area library.
The aim of the proposed Culture Centre is to improve access to and enjoyment of Conwy’s archive, heritage and library collections for residents and visitors to Conwy county and town.
Located on the site of the old Bodlondeb school just outside Conwy town walls, the design of the Centre will be sympathetic to the town’s history.
The Council’s Archive and Museum collections comprise over 80,000 catalogued documents and nearly 1000 objects. Together, they help tell the story of the development of the area and its people from prehistory to the present day.
The collections shed light on every aspect of people’s lives throughout history: their communities, faith, school and education, working lives, culture, holidays and leisure.
Cllr Chris Hughes, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Communities said: “By putting our library, museum and archive together under one roof there is tremendous potential for bringing our unique and rich heritage to as wide an audience as possible. We want to make sure that the county’s historical collections are developed for the benefit of everyone living in, or visiting, Conwy County. The Culture Centre will offer a hub for developing the heritage offer, and working with our independent museums, history groups, heritage volunteers and historical attractions.”
The total project cost is £3million, which will include this £900,000 grant from HLF and £1.5 million capital funding and sale of buildings from Conwy County Borough Council. The next step for the project team is to identify funding for the outstanding amount. Once confirmed the construction will then go out to tender.