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ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS


Arctic convoys exhibition to open this month


Te story of the Arctic Convoys will be told at a new exhibition opening 28 May at the National War Museum in Edinburgh. Using never before seen images, first-


hand testimony and personal objects, the exhibition will reveal the bravery shown by servicemen who repeatedly undertook the challenging and dangerous naval journeys during World War II. Elaine Edwards, curator at National


Museums Scotland said: “Artic Convoys tells the story of the British and Allied sailors who endured one of the most dan- gerous sea-faring campaigns of WWII”. Details: http://lei.sr?a=Z7S2S


St Fagans to receive £25m revamp


Work is underway on the £25.5m redevelopment of St Fagans: National History Museum in Cardiff, Wales. The proj e c t, which


received £11.5m Heritage Lottery Funding, will see the expansion of its exhibitions, new galleries and open-air demonstrations. The project includes


revamping the main building which will showcase displays exploring life in Wales from the earliest humans to today. New galleries will also


Te revamp will expand the museum’s existing exhibition spaces


be added that look at three aspects of St Fagans history including: when and why Wales became a nation; details of peo- ple’s day to day lives, through the ages; and a gallery where guests can learn the creative skills of generations of craſts people. The archaeological experience will extend out into the open-air site and will


MGS currently works with more than 400 sites


MGS launches National Development Body


Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) has launched a new National Development Body, with the aim of supporting more museums and galleries in Scotland. MGS – a not-for-profit, independent


charitable trust – works with more than 400 museums and galleries through- out Scotland. Last year MGS produced a national strategy for Scotland’s museums and galleries and has followed it up with its new plan “From Strategy to Action,” which outlines priority areas for development and provides a structured approach to achieve the strategy targets. “To have a government backed national


agency for Scotland’s museums and galler- ies is a powerful opportunity,” said Douglas Connell, MGS chair. “Being supported by a national development body brings a dis- tinct identity, increased profile and greater weight for the sector.” Since January 2012, MGS has invested


£1.3m of Scottish government funding to more than 145 museum projects, which has been achieved through national development agency for the arts, Creative Scotland’s Creative Futures programme and the HLF’s Skills for the Future scheme. Details: http://lei.sr?a=s7N7s


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recreate Llys Rhosyr, one of the courts of the Princes of Gwynedd, where school chil- dren can stay overnight. Other facilities include activity and event spaces, an audi- torium, a dedicated research space where visitors can study the collections and a café. Details: http://lei.sr?a=N8Y2w


Oakwood opens £4m Neverland attraction


Oakwood Theme Park has unveiled the name of its new £4m family-themed attraction which is set to open later this month. Te new area which occupies over three acres will be called ‘Neverland’ and is themed around the world- famous ‘Peter Pan’ story by author J M Barrie. Among the new rides are


‘Skull Rock’ pirate log flume, complete with a 12m-tall sculpted skull, the ‘Lost Boys Adventure’, ‘Neverland Chase’, ‘Tink’s Flying School’, ‘Crocodile Coaster’, ‘Jolly Roger’ mini galleon. ‘Hook’s House of Havoc’ soſt play and the ‘Sights of London’ taxi ride featuring Big Ben, the Tower of London and Nelson’s Column. There is also ‘Journey to Neverland’ an interactive walkthrough area which takes


New additions include a Peter Pan-themed flume ride for children


visitors in to the Darling family home and above the streets of London before arriving in ‘Neverland’ itself. Other areas are themed as famous London


parks and there is also a children’s ‘Aerodrome’ ride as well as a range of food and retail outlets. Details: http://lei.sr?a=Q9A3t


2013 Museum and Heritage award winners revealed


Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects and GUM Design, have won the 2013 Museums and Heritage Award for Permanent Exhibition for their work on the William Morris Gallery in London. Te gallery re-opened in August 2012 following major redevelopment aſter funding


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of over £3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Other winners included Scott’s Last


Expedition at Te Natural History Museum (best temporary exhibition). For the full list of winners, see: http://lei.sr?a=y8k3Y


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