We’re a major visitor attraction, learning centre and event space that’s in development. We’re heading towards a full opening in mid 2021. Between then and now there’s lots to do to get the place (and ourselves) ready.
Our main project is called ‘Brymbo: A 300 Million Year Story’. Over the coming months we’ll be talking with you about what this means and exploring how we might best communicate our massive history here in Brymbo, taking us through nature, industry and people and the effect all three have had (and continue to have) on our community.
In the meantime….here’s a short account of the journey Brymbo Heritage Group (now Brymbo Heritage Trust) has been taking over recent years.
So our project is steadily coming together. Back in 2013 we secured 3 years of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build the momentum for our plans to develop, for them to evolve, for them to take shape – with your involvement.
In March 2017 we secured £2 million from the BIG Lottery’s Create Your Space programme to support ideas we’d worked on with residents and partners to make the ex-industrial landscapes in and around Brymbo more accessible to use as public open space, and to better connect people to them. This image shows the scope of this 7 year project – we call it ‘Roots to Shoots’:
In September 2017 we secured the first £840,000 of more than £4.9 million we’ve requested from the Heritage Lottery Fund to establish ‘Brymbo Heritage Area’ as a mix of visitor attraction, learning centre, lettable space and events venue. This first chunk of funding is covering the costs of working out the detail, designs and costs to bring the plan to life. We hope to secure the balance in early 2020 so that we can be fully open during 2021.
The image below shows most of the aspects of ‘our big plan’ – but it doesn’t show the fossil forest that is also a key part of this:
The fossil forest is benefitting from a grant of £128,000 from the Welsh Government’s Rural Community Development Fund. This building got planning consent in August 2018 and we’re on track to erect a structure to cover a section of the fossil forest over the Winter, opening in Spring 2019, and allowing a programme of indoor excavation to then take place. The image below shows the concept we’re working with – shipping containers and funky colours to link this wonder of natural history from 300 million years ago with our living memories of the 20th century steelworks:
In February 2018 we learned that the BIG Lottery had agreed to give us £1.1m to restore and partially open the Machine Shop building, allowing us to start work in early 2019 and have it open by the end of the year. With just this building restored we can do amazing things, and the image below illustrates how the front end will be available usable for all sorts of things while the back end will become a construction skills learning centre:
So it’s all go.
And it has started this year: 2018.
Join us on an open day to find out more. Better still, be impatient and give us a call, demand to know what the crack is, and put your thoughts into the mix. Together, let’s make it even more ace.