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Film drama to attract new audience to historic Swansea location

One of Swansea's most historic buildings is to help tell the story of one of democracy's greatest successes.


The 146-year-old Morriston Tabernacle is to stage a showing of the film Suffragette that re-tells how women got the vote a century ago.

It is thought to be the first time the Tabernacle, one of Wales' most famous chapels, has held a cinema show.

The free-entry gathering, from 1-4pm on Wednesday, October 31, is the first event of a project launched this month to revitalise the towering, iconic building as a community hub.

It is being held with the support of city entre business Cinema & Co and Swansea's Fusion Programme that facilitates a network of community and cultural partnerships to remove barriers, create opportunities and help people to benefit from participating in culture.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "It's right that the powerful story of women's suffrage is told in one of Swansea's most celebrated buildings.

"Sinema Tabernacl is an exciting 'first' for the community and I encourage people from Morriston and across Swansea to go along.

"There'll be cinema, cake and conversation. It will be a wonderful use of a great facility.

"I thank Cinema & Co and Fusion Swansea for their important involvement."

Anna Redfern, owner of Cinema & Co, said: "We are delighted to help bring such an exciting 'first' to Morriston Tabernacle. We hope that the screening helps put the venue at the heart of the local community once more."

Suffragette, released three years ago, is a British-made drama about women's suffrage in the early 20th century.

It was directed by Sarah Gavron and its stars include Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter and Ben Whishaw.

Theplan to revitalise the Tabernacle is being driven by the council.

The project represents an important development in the history of a building of national significance, one of only two Grade 1 listed structures in Swansea.

The project sees council officer Jacqualyn Box based at Tabernacle from where she is gathering the views of people and organisations across the community to understand their aspirations.

Her 18-month project may result in funding applications to bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Its official launch featured broadcaster Huw Edwards and Welsh Government Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport Lord Elis-Thomas.

The revitalisation plan - Morriston Tabernacle: Sustaining for Future Generations - is being funded by the HLF under its Resilient Heritage Programme. The HLF grant was made possible by National Lottery players.

The £71,300 HLF award is supporting the work of Jacqualyn to develop a business plan and fundraising plan.

Sinema Tabernacl free tickets:, phone 07827 307968.

HLF: About the Heritage Lottery Fund Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  Follow us on facebook HLFWales and Twitter @HLFCymru 

Photo Morriston Tabernacle.



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