#Ecoamgueddfa - Wales' first Ecomuseum
Ecomuseums originated in France in the 1970’s. There are presently 300 operating ecomuseums in the word, with 200 in Europe. An ecomuseum celebrates the identity of a place and is largely based on local participation, aiming to enhance the welfare and development of local communities. The term ‘eco’ specifically refers to ecology rather than economic. There is no particular model for an ecomusuem but the one common element is that they all share the same vision.
This ecomuseum - Ecoamgueddfa, is located in Pen Llŷn (Llŷn Peninsula) and it is the first ecomuseum to be developed in Wales. The Ecoamgueddfa operates in partnership with seven of Pen Llŷn’s heritage organisations; Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llŷn Maritime Museum, Felin Uchaf, Porth y Swnt, Plas yn Rhiw, Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, and Plas Heli. The project will build on the success of the heritage work undertaken to date by the Llŷn Landscape Partnership.
The Ecoamgueddfa’s vision is to see an increase in cultural tourism, leading to a year round sustainable tourist industry, that will bring economic benefits to the area as well as social.
The Ecoamgueddfa will operate by using digital media in a innovative and positive way to increase community evolvement, and attract a world wide audience to this unique and beautiful area.
The #Ecoamgueddfa Development Officer is funded through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership of the Technology Strategy Board. We are grateful for the assistance of SBBS, Bangor University through the WISE Network Project in securing this funding. A research and development collaboration with SBBS & WISE Network is on going.