North West Wales

Lloyd George museum facing closure following funding cut

The Lloyd George Museum in Llanystumdwy could close in April 2017 Image copyright Google

A Gwynedd museum dedicated to the only Welsh prime minister faces closure following a council decision to cut its funding.

The Lloyd George museum, in Llanystumdwy, will lose £27,000 a year from April 2017 as part of £4.6m worth of cuts.

Emrys Williams, chairman of the Friends of the Museum, he was "bitter and angry" at the decision.

Gwynedd council said it would look at options to keep the facility open.

'Impossible task'

Mr Williams said: "It's an important monument for the whole of Britain and beyond. It is the only museum dedicated to the only Welshman who became prime minister.

"It's the wrong decision to make for a saving of just £27,000. I think it is an impossible task to find a partner to run the museum."

The museum was established in 1947, two years after David Lloyd George died. His second wife, Frances, left some land in the village to build a permanent memorial to her husband.

A Welsh government spokesman said it was a matter for the council but it was considering a report into museums, which it said were "particularly vulnerable at a time of decreasing finances".

A council spokesman said more than 16% of 2,100 consultation responses had prioritised the end of funding to the museum.

He said: "The council will now be making every effort to identify any possible alternative option that would secure the long-term future [of the facility]".

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