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Artwork of 'unique vision of Wales' bought for £1m

The Rise of the Dovey by John Piper. A collection has been bought by the museum. Credit: National Museum Wales

A collection of works worth £974,000 by the artist John Piper has been bought for Wales’ national art collection.

The series of works by the the mid-20th century neo-romantic artist – was purchased with support form the Heritage Lottery Fund the Derek Williams Trust and the Art Fund.

Much of the collection, including nine further works given to Amgueddfa Cymru as a gift, will be on display at National Museum Cardiff from Saturday, 22 February 2014 as part of a new exhibition inspired by Wales’ Celtic past, folklore and landscape.

Piper’s works include views of Snowdonia. The mountains of North Wales provided a key source of inspiration to Piper from the early 1940s to the mid-1950s, during which time he rented two cottages in the area.

David Anderson, Director General, National Museum Wales said, "The success of the exhibition by John Piper in 2012 confirmed to us how popular the artist is to the people of Wales, and therefore how important it is to add to the representation of his work in the national collection."

Pembrokeshire church gets Heritage Lottery Fund

St. Jerome’s Church in Llangwm in Pembrokeshire is to undergo a renovation Credit: Heritage Llangwym

St. Jerome’s Church in Llangwm in Pembrokeshire has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake the medieval church’s renovation.

The funding will also help pay for the creation of an exhibition that tells the story of the migration of people who fled the collapse of sea defences in Flanders and came to Pembrokeshire to settle at the start of the 12th century.

Development funding of £17,700 has been awarded to help the church and the Heritage Llangwm team develop their plans to enable them to apply for a full grant to carry out the work, at a later date.

St. Jerome’s Church was built by Flemish craftsmen around 1200, but modernisation work in 1830 and 1879 meant the church lost much of its original medieval character.

Pamela Hunt, Chair of the Heritage Llangwm Team, said: “This is a marvellous opportunity.”

“We have a church in desperate need of renovation, so while we are achieving that, why not create an exhibition that pays tribute to the very people who built it in the first place?

"We know so little about them at the moment, but that doesn’t stop us finding out. If you imagine the Fleming story as a 500 piece jigsaw that’s lost all but 50 of its original pieces.

"When this project is complete, we hope to have found another 300, enough to enable us to create a clearer picture of the lifestyle and culture of the people who made this part of Wales their home."

Jennifer Stewart, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales, said: "The future plans for this building means that it can be enjoyed more widely throughout the community.

"I am delighted that we have been able to award a grant to help develop the plans for this exciting project, further.”

The entire project is expected to be completed by April 2016.


£1.3m Lottery grant to protect the Gower Peninsula

Rhossili - On the southwestern tip of the Gower Peninsula Credit: Heritage lottery fund

Over £1.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help ensure the Gower Peninsula remains an area of outstanding beauty.

The money will pay for a programme of activities to protect the area that is currently at risk from pressures created by tourism.

Famous for its limestone cliffs, secluded bays, sand dunes and saltwater marshes, the Gower is visited by thousands of people every year.

The Gower is home to historic sites such as the Upper Palaeolithic caves, a Bronze Age funerary and Iron Age hill forts. Swansea council will work with organisations including the National Trust and the Wildlife Trust to conserve these sites.


Grant to make Llancaiach Fawr Manor 'accessible to all'

Llancaiach Fawr employees say a £943,200 grant awarded to the manor will be used to help tell 'a complete story of the all the people who lived and worked there' and make the site accessible for all visitors.

With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, not only will we will be able to show the difference between the living conditions of the servants, as well as the gentry owners, for the first time, but we will also be able to open up the vast majority of the building to visitors with mobility difficulties who have formerly only been able to access the ground floor.

– Diane Walker, General Manager of Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Llancaiach Fawr aims for 80,000 annual visitors by 2020

Llancaiach Fawr, which was built in 1550 by the Prichard family, is considered to be one of the most important Gentry houses to have survived from the 16th and 17th century period.

Its £943,200 Heritage Lottery Fund grant will help fund:

  • Restoration of a stone roof, removal of inappropriate modern features and repair and opening of the attic
  • Installation of an external staircase tower and platform lift to allow wheelchair users access to the upper floors
  • Conservation work on the manor

It will also help:

  • Improve physical and sensory interpretation, including open fires, sound and lighting, to create an atmosphere of 17th Century domestic life
  • Involve young people in learning about their local history
  • Pay for a Development and Outreach Officer, who will manage community activities

Llancaiach Fawr says it hopes to attract 80,000 annual visitors by 2020 as a result of the improvements.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor's hidden attic to be revealed

Llancaiach Fawr was built in 1550 by the Prichard family Credit: Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Llancaiach Fawr Manor has been awarded a £943,200 grant, which will see its hidden attic - a former servants' quarters - opened up to the public for the very first time.

The Grade I listed Tudor mansion in Nelson, near Caerphilly, is restored and furnished as it would have been in 1645. The money will be used to improve and conserve the attraction, and also provide better access for wheelchair users.

Cllr Ken James at Caerphilly County Borough Council said the Heritage Lottery funding 'would help transform the way the past is presented to a modern audience'.

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