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Brecknock Society and Museum Friends

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News about the Museum

Progress with Refurbishment of Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery

View of Cultural Hub Brecon

View of y Gaer Brecon

The current 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 late February / early March 2019. (Further background on the planning and funding of the y Gaer project can be found here.)

The Powys CC team  For all the construction and refurbishment works on y Gaer, Powys CC has a contract with Kier Construction Ltd as lead contractor and they bring in a range of specialist subcontractors as work proceeds. After Kier Construction finish the building work, Powys CC will complete the fit-out with specialist contractor Elmwood Projects Ltd. Others in the Powys CC project team are consulting engineers Jacobs and Swansea-based architects Powell Dobson. Project Manager for Powys CC is Lucy Bevan (Arts & Culture Commissioning Officer) and the Construction Project Manager is Matthew Robinson through Powys CC's Heart of Wales Property Services Ltd. Nigel Blackamore as Powys CC's Senior Curator with his staff and volunteers are currently based at Watton Mount, opposite the Shire Hall, where work continues on preparing and cataloguing the museum's collections and keeping other museum-related activities going.

BS&MF liaison with Powys CC  The Powys CC project team meets regularly with the BS&MF and Brecknock Art Trust as local funding partners. Mervyn Bramley together with John Gibbs as BS&MF Chair takes the BS&MF's lead for the y Gaer Project. The BS&MF is also currently involved on the y Gaer Project's Fundraising Group and its broadly-based Stakeholder Group.

Further information on y Gaer is given on Powys CC's website (click here). For further information on the BS&MF's interests contact the Society's lead officer, Mervyn Bramley (email: please enable javascript to view). If you are interested in being involved as a future volunteer, contact the Senior Curator, Nigel Blackamore (Watton Mount office - tel: 01874 624121)