The Fund will modernise three libraries, in Ringland, Pyle, and Tonypandy, creating new community facilities, and supporting the establishment of wider ‘hubs’ where people can access library services alongside a range of other amenities.

Funding is also provided to contribute to the integration of library and heritage services in Carmarthenshire and Conwy. A new archive repository will be added to the existing library building in Carmarthen, and the Conwy Culture Centre development will see the establishment of a new cultural destination, providing access to the library, archive and heritage collections.

Four museums will receive transformation funding to widen access to their collections, with support for refurbishment of The Judge’s Lodging in Presteigne and for Llandudno and Pontypool Museums, to improve facilities and safeguard collections. Funding is also provided for Cardiff Story to create an innovative new ‘guerrilla’ service, which will travel around local communities.

Last year the Welsh Government announced funding of £2.7m, extending the funding to archives and museums for the first time.