Wrexham is set for a further boost to its football activities with the Museum of Two Halves project receiving a new grant. 

Plans would consist of upgrading the current Wrexham Museum into a National Football Museum for Wales.

“The ‘Museum of Two Halves is our shorthand name to describe the project that will see the development of the Football Museum for Wales and a new Wrexham Museum in the current museum building on Regent Street in Wrexham,” said a spokesperson for the Museum.

“The new football 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.”

As part of the upgrades, new galleries will be created to display the Wrexham Museum collections, enhancing the experience for visitors to enjoy a “modern venue discovering the fascinating and eventful story of our region of Northeast Wales.”

Wrexham is a town on the up after the club’s promotion to the football league after 15 years away. Its international presence has been piqued considerably thanks to Disney’s highly successful Welcome to Wrexham documentary raising the profile of the club and its proud town. Its sporting heritage, Wrexham’s historical contributions to the sport and the national football team’s successes will all feature in the new museum.

Wrexham Heritage confirmed that they are working alongside the community to ensure that the museum will host a programme of activities and events to “inspire all who visit to learn, be active and achieve their potential.”

Wrexham Museum is currently home to the Welsh Football Collection. The collection was established in 2000 with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and is the largest collection of Welsh football memorabilia held in public ownership in Wales.

There are over 2,000 items in the collection to date. Highlights include material related to John Charles, Wales shirts from international games, and medals and trophies relating to all levels of the game in Wales.

The new football museum is estimated to open in 2026.

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