Brecon Cultural Hub developments

Ariel overview of Brecon Cultural Hub

Brecon Cultural Hub is a Powys County Council project, supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, to develop closely co-ordinated museum, art gallery, library, TIC, education and community facilities on the Captain’s Walk / Glamorgan Street site in the centre of Brecon.

With substantially reduced budgets we are having to review and adapt the way we deliver services. A high priority is to reduce the number of buildings that we own and that we have to maintain in order to reduce costs.

The Brecon Cultural Hub brings together three key services for the area – Library, Museum and Tourist Information Centre – sharing a single site. Sharing staff, administration costs and management will enable us to make revenue savings as well as freeing up two buildings in the town for other use.

Download the Design and Access Statement (contains plans and images)

View a fly-through of the plans for Brecon Cultural Hub Developments


Time-lapse showing restoration work




The project will develop Brecknock Museum and Brecon Library as a valuable community resource for the people of Brecon and the surrounding area, provide opportunities for participation and volunteering and become a significant tourist attraction.

The new facility will link Glamorgan Street with Captain’s Walk.  The key features include:

  • Restoring and conserving the Grade II* Listed Brecknock Shire Hall  and Assize Court, both inside and out
  • Creating new dedicated gallery spaces with increased flexibility for visiting exhibitions]
  • Restoration of the Assize Court and original cells. Reinstatement of the Court Room furniture for re-enactment, lectures and presentations
  • Access for All – level public access to all areas
  • New library facilities for adults and children
  • Community and education rooms providing new shared learning spaces
  • Function rooms with Audio-Visual capability
  • Digital resource hub with community wifi
  • ‘Meet and Greet’ point for centralised community services
  • Café and shop
  • New museum and library storage and archive facilities in a fully controlled environment
  • Sculpture garden
  • Car park
  • A tourist information facility

Download the prospectus here

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The design combines classic and modern elements and reopens public access around the Shire Hall and Assize Court structure, giving the public space to admire this listed building. Beautiful as well as functional, this design includes spaces where people can meet and relax.

Download the Design and Access Statement

North elevation
North elevation
East elevation
East elevation
South elevation
South elevation
West elevation
West elevation
Aerial Cutaway Ground Floor
Aerial Cutaway Ground Floor

The proposals and plans for Brecon Cultural Hub have been in development for over ten years. We have invited comments from users of the museum and library, a wide range of partners and the public throughout this time.

When we asked people what they thought of our initial ideas for the current scheme, they raised a number of concerns. You can read the reports on this page.

We listened to these comments and we have revised the plans to ensure that public access to the library is all on the ground floor, to improve the entrance and include proposals for traffic calming measures on Glamorgan Street. We revised some elements of the architectural design that were giving cause for concern and to improve the internal layout. 

Interpretation & Activities Group

The Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery Interpretation & Activities Group was set up in January 2013 to provide strong local / regional / community input into the development of an interpretation plan and future events & exhibitions programme, ensuring that we secure real community involvement.

The Interpretation & Activities Group is a consultative forum, not a decision-making body, and is made up of representatives from the following:


  • Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales
  • Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
  • Brecknock Access Group
  • British Geological Survey
  • Council for British Archaeology Wales
  • Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust
  • Fforest Fawr Geopark

Local Societies/Groups

  • Art Fund (Powys) Volunteers
  • Brecknock Art Trust
  • Brecknock History Forum
  • Brecknock Society & Museum Friends
  • Brecknock Wildlife Trust
  • Breconshire Local & Family History Society
  • Builth Wells & District Heritage Society
  • Crickhowell & District History Society/Crickhowell District Archive
  • Hay Local History Group
  • Llangammarch Wells Local History Society
  • Llangynidr Local History Society
  • Llanwrtyd History Resource Group
  • Talgarth & District Historical Society
  • Young Farmers Club (Brecknock)
  • Ystradgynlais Family History Society

 Powys County Council

  • Museum staff
  • Powys Education Service
  • Powys Youth Service

Site works progressing

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Click on image to enlarge

The Planning Application for the Brecon Cultural Hub scheme has been approved by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and work on site has begun with contractors Kier starting with demolition of the New County Hall and Police Station buildings in preparation for the building of a brand new library and the restoration and refurbishment of the adjacent Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery Grade 2* listed building.

Designs of the scheme are currently on display in Brecon Library

Whilst work progresses on site, a great deal of work is going on behind the scenes. Brecknock Museum’s Interpretation & Activities Group are working on developing detailed designs for the internal display and fit out of the museum and a Library users Focus Group has been formed and will shortly be assisting with the designs for the interior of the library. If you are interested in contributing to this please contact Brecon Library.

The Project Team continue to work closely with partners, stakeholder and the community in developing the project and greatly value the interest in and support for the project.

A successful formal launch took place in Brecon at the Town Hall and St Mary’s Church at the end of July 2016 to publically celebrate the start of the project and commencement of work on site. Over 200 people attended an introduction led by County Councillor’s Graham Brown and Rosemarie Harris and to hear presentations from the main contractor Kier as well as partners – Brecknock Society & Museum Friends and Brecknock Art Trust, who co-hosted the launch.

The new cultural hub facility will open in 2018.