The following is from a press release from the Royal
The Royal Mint came one step closer to opening the doors of
South Wales’ newest visitor experience on March 9, after plans for the
Royal Mint visitor center received final planning approval.
Construction of the purpose built center at the Royal Mint’s home in
Llantrisant, South Wales, can now start in earnest, with the breaking
of ground for the new building expected to take place in April this
year. Completion is planned for Spring 2016.
To read Coin World's earlier story about the
visitor center, please click here.
The Royal Mint, Britain’s oldest manufacturing organization,
currently makes coins and medals for approximately 60 countries
worldwide, so it is no surprise that news of the visitor center has
attracted inquiries from the U.K. and across the globe, from members
of the public anxious to get behind the scenes to see where their
money and medals are made.
Visitors to the center will be able to take a tour of the Royal
Mint, gaining firsthand knowledge of the manufacturing journey from
concept to coin, and discovering the often poignant stories behind the
Royal Mint’s medal-making processes. A series of engaging static and
interactive experiences will bring to life the 1,000 year-old
organization’s rich heritage.
Shane Bissett, the Royal Mint’s head of commemorative coin and
medals, said “This is an exciting development in our mission to
welcome visitors to a unique behind the scenes experience. The new
visitor center will showcase over 1,000 years of coin-making history,
and showcase the heritage, craftsmanship and innovation for which the
Royal Mint is known all over the world.”
The new visitor center has been made possible after the Royal Mint
secured a grant of £2.3 million from the Welsh government to carry out
the work, contributing to the total £7.7million costs of the project.
The funding will enable the Royal Mint to safeguard 147 jobs within
its commemorative coin division while also creating a number of new
jobs both in the development and staffing of the visitor center.
The new visitor center will be a signature development in the South
Wales area and a truly unique visitor experience for up to 200,000 UK
and overseas visitors expected each year.
Announcing the funding during a visit to the Royal Mint, tourism
minister Edwina Hart said, “The new visitor center will be an all year
and all weather visitor attraction showcasing a unique product and
global brand and will incorporate a rich heritage resource alongside a
live factory working environment. This project has the potential to be
an iconic attraction for Wales.”
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