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440,000 lottery grant for museum of Cardiff


The grant is intended to help "bring Cardiff's historic past back to life".

A museum to tell the history of Cardiff has been awarded an early Christmas gift - a £440,000 lottery grant.

The Cardiff Story will be based around a core collection of 8,000 artefacts and expects to open at the city's old library in The Hayes in a year's time.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) said the grant would help "bring Cardiff's historic past back to life".

The exhibits, currently stored at the National Museum Cardiff, are expected to go on show in November 2010.

This exhibit showing Cardiff docks travelled across the Atlantic and back again

The city centre museum hopes to attract 120,000 visitors in its first year.

The last dedicated city museum closed 85 years ago and exhibits have been stored across the city centre at the National Museum Cardiff in Cathays Park ever since.

But the museum has been appealing for the loan of other artefacts from residents, as well as collecting stories and memories.

The new museum will be housed at the Victorian grade II listed Old Library building, which currently hosts temporary historical exhibitions and a tourism office.

Dan Clayton-Jones, chair of HLF committee for Wales, said: "Cardiff is one of the few major cities without a dedicated museum and we wanted to help correct that.

Memento of Cardiff City cup win
This was a souvenir of Cardiff City's FA Cup win in 1927

"The success of the temporary exhibitions staged at the Old Library proved there is a real demand for the story of Cardiff and its people to be told."

Councillor Nigel Howells, executive member for sport, culture and leisure, said the lottery grant would be put together with council funding to "help bring the Cardiff Story to life".

He added: "Cardiff is both a vibrant city which is steeped in history and a modern city which continues to develop. The aim of The Cardiff Story is to capture not only the past but also the present."

Dr Kathleen Howe, Cardiff Story museum manager, said: "The museum is a very unique and interesting project, and will bring together items, photographs and stories of events that have helped shape the city."

She said the input of residents and former residents was "essential" in telling the true story of the capital.

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