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£10million earmarked for major restoration of Aberystwyth University

The Old College is Wales' oldest university college Credit: Prifysgol Aberystwyth / Aberystwyth University

More than £10million has been earmarked for a major restoration of Aberystwyth University's iconic Old College.

The Grade I listed building first opened its doors to students in 1872, after being purchased by the University of Wales for just £10,000 using money donated by the local community.

Credit: Prifysgol Aberystwyth / Aberystwyth University

Focus shifted away from the building in 1962, when the university moved to a newly built campus. But now funds generated by National Lottery players will allow for it to be restored and developed into a performance and gallery space for artists, musicians and exhibitions, as well as a cafe.

"These exciting plans to breathe new life into one of Wales' best loved historic buildings provide a significant and timely boost for the culture and economy of Aberystwyth", said Baroness Kay Andrews of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales.

Credit: Prifysgol Aberystwyth / Aberystwyth University

It's hoped the work will be completed in time for the university's 150th anniversary in 2022.