Dawn Bowden MS, Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, and Chief Whip
I am very pleased to announce the Welsh Government is making a further grant of £5.46m available to Wrexham County Borough Council to continue the work to develop and deliver the new Football Museum for Wales.
The development of a Football Museum for Wales is a major cultural capital commitment in our Programme for Government, and there certainly is no better time to be creating a museum dedicated to the game, in the spiritual home of Welsh football. This funding commitment comes at a time when interest in Welsh football and in Wrexham AFC itself are at an all-time high.
Creating a museum in Wales to celebrate our football heritage will help build a legacy from our nation’s involvement in the men’s FIFA World Cup 2022, ensuring its history is valued and stories are recorded for future generations of players, supporters, and fans. Focussing on showcasing themes such as Wrexham as the birthplace of Welsh football, the history of club football in Wales, dramatic and emotive events in international football, the spirit and diversity of the Welsh football community including Welsh language communities, fan culture, women’s football, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and LGBTQ+ experiences, it will become a key venue in North Wales’ tourist and visitor offer.
I am grateful for the work undertaken so far, through collaboration between the Welsh Government, Wrexham County Borough Council and other partners, including the FAW. Since 2020, more than £800,000 in Welsh Government funding has already ensured the appointment of a dedicated Football Curator and Engagement Officers, the progression of designs to RIBA stage 3, and pan-Wales public engagement and community consultation to develop proposed plans and content.
A commitment to provide funding for the project initially formed part of a Budget agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru. We have agreed this new investment as part of the Co-operation Agreement with Plaid Cymru.
The funding announced today, subject to conditions and approval of a full business case, will continue the community and pan-Wales engagement on the project, developing the content, collections and exhibitions through to construction and opening.