News about the Museum
Refurbishment of Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery
Work to develop y Gaer, the new cultural hub in Brecon, including the refurbishment of the Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery started in August 2016. The new centre is due to reopen in April 2019. (Further background on the planning and funding of the y Gaer project can be found here.)
Y Gaer project The construction and refurbishment works for y Gaer have been carried by Kier Construction Ltd under a 29-month contract with Powys CC as the lead funder. The substantially complete buildings are being handed back to Powys CC in January 2019. Powys CC has been assisted in the y Gaer project by consulting engineers Jacobs, Swansea-based architects Powell Dobson, and Construction Project Manager Matthew Robinson through Powys CC's Heart of Wales Property Services Ltd. Project Manager for Powys CC is Lucy Bevan (Arts & Culture Commissioning Officer). Powys CC has been assisted by the BS&MF as a local funding partner with Mervyn Bramley as the Society's lead.
Commissioning y Gaer Powys CC is now in the process of completing the furnishing and installation of equipment and collections in the buildings. This is being done by the y Gaer operations team led by Senior Librarian Nicola Farr and Senior Curator Nigel Blackamore. Fit out of the Museum and Art Gallery is supported by consultants Designmap, specialist contractor Elmwood Projects Ltd and Powys CC's museum staff and y Gaer volunteers. The aspirations of Powys CC, BS&MF and other funding partners for y Gaer are set out in the Vision Statement (click here).
Further information on y Gaer is given on Powys CC's website (click here). See its webpage on Volunteering for details about the roles of y Gaer Volunteers working alongside council staff in running y Gaer, and an on-line application form. The BS&MF encourages its members to consider supporting the operation of the Museum and Art Gallery through becoming y Gaer Volunteers.