Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea gets £40k boost to celebrate poet
MEMORIES of Dylan Thomas could be savoured for future generations thanks to a cash grant.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has given £40,000 to the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea to help carry out research with the few living people who knew the Welsh poet.
And those memories will form part of an improved exhibition.
Plans also include a new education officer and outreach officer to help develop writing workshops, events and activity packs as well as taking a touring exhibition out to schools, festivals and communities.
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His grand-daughter, Hannah Ellis, said: "I am thrilled that the Dylan Thomas Centre has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This opportunity will allow them to achieve their vision of modernising their exhibition to ensure it is 'ever evolving', interactive and available in a digital format. It will also help them engage with the local communities and organisations, as well as connect with a variety of audiences of different ages and diverse backgrounds."
Swansea Council has made a bid to HLF for a further £800,000 grant to help celebrate Dylan Thomas's centenary next year.
Jennifer Stewart, head of the HLF in Wales, added: "Dylan Thomas is one of the most important figures in Welsh culture and of international significance. He is a source of pride, status and inspiration to the community and there is real demand from local people to get more involved in the centre.
"We have awarded a first round pass in recognition of the potential this project could bring to the local area and Wales as a whole. There is huge competition for our grants so CCS (Swansea Council) now needs to develop its plans fully in order to compete for a firm award of up to £800,000."
Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "Dylan Thomas is Swansea's most famous son whose worldwide legacy is enduring and it's vital we do all we can to mark, celebrate and promote his links with our city. This is especially the case as we head towards the centenary."