Brecon Museum, Art Gallery & Library £7.6m Major Revamp
The Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery in Brecon is to undergo a restoration. Powys Council will contribute more than £5m of council money towards the major revamp of the Victorian museum and art gallery and a new library in Brecon. It comes after Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery was awarded £2.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in July. The HLF said its funding would help safeguard the museum and art gallery, which was originally built in 1842, for the future. Powys council's cabinet estimate the changes will cost £7.6m in total.
The HLF regards the Grade II-listed building as one of the finest examples of early Victorian Greek revival architecture in Wales. It houses one of the largest art collections in Powys but the former court and shire hall needs repairs to its stonework and roof. The cabinet approved plans to spend more than £5m renovating the Brecon landmark and building the library.
Powys Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Rosemarie Harris, said: "Brecknock Museum has played an integral part in the town's landscape for nearly 200 years and our plans will allow it to continue for many more years. The restoration will provide impetus to the regeneration of the area and a much-needed financial boost to the economy in the town and the surrounding area."
The museum and art gallery revamp and the library form part of wider plans for a cultural and community hub in the town centre. The proposals include a dedicated learning space, the expansion of the education and outreach service and new digital equipment to help with presentations.