The Museum has been transformed to be an open building displaying its fascinating collections. The TIC is a friendly new centre for visitors to learn about the county. Admittance to the Museum and the TIC is free of charge.
Attendees were welcomed to the evening by the Chairman of the Council, Councillor Lynford Thomas before the Leader of the Council, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn and Sally Edwards of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) addressed attendees. Bronwen Morgan then cut the ribbon and unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening.
The Chief Executive, Bronwen Morgan said, “It was a great privilege to officially open this excellent development before my retirement. I have no doubt that this development will be a great asset to the town to attract visitors from across the country, and beyond.”
The Cabinet member responsible for Economic Development and Community Development, Councillor Gareth Lloyd thanked everyone for attending before offering closing comments. A tour of the building was then held at the end of the evening.
The leader of the Council, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn said, “I am very pleased to see the first phase of this exciting plan to ensure improved public access to the historical treasures of Ceredigion County Council’s Museum coming to fruition. It took many years to realize the original vision of combining our Museum service with our Tourist Services in order to bring a collection described as ‘a jewel in the crown’ to wider attention and to attract more people to use the facilities of the old Coliseum that had been a centre of entertainment for visitors and local residents alike in years past. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us in this work.”
The ‘New Approaches’ development is the result of cooperation between the Council, the HLF and other funders. The HLF provided over £900,000 to the project.
Richard Bellamy, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales, said, “Thanks to National Lottery players, Ceredigion Museum has been transformed for future visitors. The spirit of this beautiful grade II building – the Coliseum Theatre – has been brought back to life, whilst ensuring the museum remains modern, functional, and most importantly of all, ready to welcome visitors for years to come.”
A family fun day was held on Saturday 9 September. Families enjoyed a procession along the Aberystwyth Promenade to the Museum where a variety of workshops were held in the auditorium. The day culminated with a Twmpath choreographed by the Aberystwyth Folk Dancers.