(Above) The National Museum and Gallery of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff. Taken July 2005. © GFDL
A bold scheme to promote cultural co-operation between Welsh and Chinese Museums took a step further this week as Michael Houlihan, Director General Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales visited the Three Gorges Museum in Chongqing, China.
The two museums exchanged a formal Letter of Intent in Cardiff on October 8 2008, after which by Wang Chuanping of the Chinese museum had the opportunity to see Amgueddfa Cymru’s collections and range of educational programmes at first hand.
Now the Welsh museum boss is in China, where he is seeking to prioritise some specific activities and develop a detailed programme of co-operation and exchange to take place for the next two to three years.
"We are very pleased to be associated with the Three Gorges Museum,” said Mr Houlihan. “It helps us as a Museum to develop an understanding of the historical, cultural and lifestyle similarities and differences between both countries.
“Twinning provides unique opportunities to learn about the history of citizens in other international countries and their lives today, to communicate with them and often to develop friendships. Agreements such as these also enable Amgueddfa Cymru to put Welsh culture firmly on the international map as we celebrate our treasures on a world stage.”
The exchange has been made possible through a grant from the British Council and the support of the International Branch of the Welsh Assembly Government.
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales operates seven sites across Wales. These are National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans: National History Museum, the National Roman Legionary Museum, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, the National Wool Museum, the National Slate Museum and the National Waterfront Museum.
Entry to each Museum is free thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.