GWENT libraries, museums and archives are set to be boosted by more than £450,000 of Assembly Government funding, it was announced yesterday.

Places including Risca, Blackwood and Chepstow libraries will have a share of the grants, which total £454,518, to improve their facilities and services.

The money is part of a £2.8million package to develop the work of libraries, museums and archives throughout Wales which was announced by Minister for heritage, Alun Ffred Jones.

The grant funding supports a range of projects which vary from large-scale modernisation of public library buildings to supporting volunteer-run museums.

Risca, Blackwood and Chepstow libraries will share a total of £364,771 to modernise their buildings. Risca Library will receive £150,771, Chepstow Library will benefit by £120,000 and Blackwood Library will gain £94,000.

The grants are part of the Assembly Government’s Community Learning Libraries capital programme which aims to attract more people to use improved facilities and services at libraries.