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Empowering children and young people to have their say and get actively involved in culture and heritage helps build confidence and raise aspirations, the Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport, Ken Skates, said.

Speaking at the launch of the nationwide Kids in Museums Taking Over Day events, which saw museums, art galleries and heritage sites taken over by young people, the Deputy Minister described the influential role that arts and culture can have in the lives of young people. He also noted the importance of listening to their fresh ideas and enthusiasm to widen the appeal of these sites.

Heather Vaughan on the left of Ken Skate and Adele Parry on the right.

As part of the annual Taking Over Day, young people acted as tour guides, exhibition curators and more, giving them a chance to have their say on its management for the day.

During the launch at the Senedd, organised by pupils from St Woolos Primary School in Newport, the audience were shown a film about the Chartist Uprising that the pupils made for Newport Museum during their Taking Over Day last year.

The pupils were asked to think about the kinds of interpretation they would like to see in the museum and created the film as a result which now features in a Newport Museum’s exhibition explaining the story of the famous protests.

The Deputy Minister said:

“This excellent film, produced entirely by the talented young pupils at St Woolos Primary, is testament to what can be achieved when we place our faith in young people and let them take charge. I look forward to seeing more results from the many events taking place this year.”

Headteacher at St Woolos Primary School, Miss Heather Vaughan, said:

“The success of the project was, for us, the very real sense of purpose and enjoyment all of the pupils gained when making the film and organising its premiere. It was another example of how children are able to learn about the world of work in a fun context. The parental and community support has been fantastic and also contributed to the pupils’ feeling of success and pride in what they had achieved.”

This year’s Taking Over Day includes some of Wales’ most famous sites, such as Raglan Castle and Tintern Abbey.


Thousands of pounds are to be spent on projects based around the Gwent Levels thanks to funding provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Known as the Living Levels project, it was one of three to win a share of £6 million worth of investment.

The cash will be used to develop tourism projects and boost jobs through carefully planned conservation and renovation schemes aimed at protecting the landscape and encouraging residents to get involved.

Councillor John Richards, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Investment said: “This Heritage Lottery Grant is a fantastic boost for Newport and will help the partnership to promote Newport Wetlands as a gateway to the Levels.


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Two Newport City Council carers saved a tenant’s life after a fire broke out on the premises.

The incident happened around midnight on Wednesday, 14 October when the fire alarm went off.

The two carers on duty that night had both received fire safety

“The partnership will work with existing regeneration schemes in Pilgwenlly and other Communities First areas which fall within the Gwent Levels.

“We hope to introduce innovative access projects which will encourage residents to utilise the ‘Green Lung’ on their doorstep with cycling initiatives and public access to the Wales Coast path.”

Rich in both historical and natural heritage, the Gwent Levels is an important landscape for agriculture, biodiversity and recreation. Working with volunteers, farmers and communities to collectively increase wildlife-friendly management, provide interpretation and create new trails, the project aims to increase people’s awareness of the area’s unique features. Mark Underhill of RSPB Cymru, one of the project’s partners explains,

training and when they investigated the alarm they discovered one of the flats was on fire.

They contacted the emergency services, tackled the fire and got the tenant out of the flat while managing the safety of other tenants who had woken up.

When the fire brigade attended, they used breathing apparatus

“Our belief is that to conserve landscapes effectively, it is essential to get local communities interested and involved. For such a significant project we would usually work with contractors to deliver many elements of the work, but the Living Levels ethos is to deliver this project through working with local people and volunteers.

“We do not always appreciate the landscapes that surround us, but by looking at new ways of telling the stories of how this unique part of Wales evolved we intend to bring it to life for local people and visitors alike.

“It is fantastic that the Heritage Lottery Fund recognises the importance of safeguarding our landscapes.”



The opening hours of the libraries in Malpas and Tredegar House have changed.

The new opening hours are as follows:

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to enter the flat and reported that the tenant would not have survived the incident without the prompt action of staff.

While the incident could have been a lot worse, it shows that the partnership working with the local authority, fire precautions and training have all paid off. Our thanks go to these two quick-thinking staff.

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