The Football Museum Wales project is an exciting new attraction planned for Wrexham town centre.
The new museum will celebrate Welsh football, past and present, in all its diversity, from grassroots clubs to the national teams, as well as highlighting Wrexham’s historic achievements in the sport and celebrating the rich heritage of the County Borough.
Working alongside the community, the museum will host a programme of activities and events to inspire all who visit to learn, be active and achieve their potential.
Where is the new museum going to be built?
The new Football Museum will be based within the Wrexham Museum building on Regent Street.
Major refurbishment work will be carried out, including making full use of the upper floor for the first time, so that both the Football Museum and Wrexham Museum can exist side by side.
Wrexham Museum’s role as the custodian of the official Welsh Football Collection and staff experience of making it accessible to visitors, researchers and online make it an ideal home for the new Football Museum.
Who is building the new museum?
The Museum is being developed and funded by Wrexham Council and Welsh Government.
Once open, the Football Museum will be operated and managed by Wrexham Council.
The project is being guided by a steering group that includes the Chief Executive, representatives from the Welsh Government, the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Sporting Heritage network, Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales, museum staff and others.
Staff from the museum are also collaborating with colleagues at the National Football Museum (England) and the Scottish Football Museum.
Wrexham is often referred to as ‘the spiritual home of Welsh football’.
Here are a few reasons why:
- The FAW was founded here in 1876.
- Wrexham AFC was founded way back in 1864, making it the oldest professional football club in Wales and the third oldest in the world!
- Their ground, The Racecourse, hosted the nation’s first home international match in 1877. Some of Wales’ most successful players have come from or played in Wrexham including Billy Meredith, Mark Hughes, Robbie Savage and, more recently, Neco Williams.
- Wrexham Museum is home to the official Welsh Football Collection – the largest collection relating to Welsh football in public ownership. The museum has cared for the collection for over twenty years during which time it has been used in more than a dozen exhibitions, as well as being a resource for researchers, TV production companies and other museums.
- Wrexham is now the home of the FAW National Training Centre at Colliers Park, the Wrexham AFC Professional Training Centre at the Groves, and the Wrexham Gateway redevelopment of the Racecourse Ground.
What will happen to Wrexham Museum?
Wrexham Museum is staying exactly where it is. In fact, it’s going to be better than ever.
Both museums will exist side by side in the same building once the improvement work is complete.
New galleries will be created to display the Wrexham Museum collections, which means an enhanced experience for visitors and a first-class, modern venue for discovering the fascinating and eventful story of our region of North East Wales.
How can I can find out more?
You can join the newly launched Football Museum mailing list to get updates about the project straight to your inbox, plus information about how you can get involved.
We are keen to hear from anyone with Welsh football items and/or stories of interest and welcome possible donations to the collection.