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NMGW WELCOMES FIRST MINISTER'S STATEMENT ON THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC BODIES

Today (30 November 2004), the National Museums & Galleries of Wales welcomed the Welsh Assembly Government's announcement on the future governance arrangements of the organisation.

NMGW President, Paul Loveluck, said:

"We are delighted with the First Minister's announcement that NMGW will remain at arm's length from the Welsh Assembly Government. As the organisation responsible for holding heritage assets in trust for the nation, we believe that this is the correct decision for the museums, democratic government and the people of Wales.

"However, we very much value the close working relationship we have developed with the Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sports at the Welsh Assembly Government, and we look forward to working together in partnership in the future.

"NMGW faces an exciting period in its history, with the opening of the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea in the summer of 2005, bringing together the different strands of its industrial strategy, a £40 million project which would not have been possible without the support of the Welsh Assembly Government. We will also be celebrating our centenary in 2007, and will be looking forward to our next century with vigour and enthusiasm.

Entry to all our sites will remain free of charge, thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.

Date: 30 November 2004
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