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Ceredigion Metal mining heritage booklet 2006-2007

Work has begun on the preparation of a booklet providing a general historical summary as background to understanding, protecting and promoting Ceredigion's Metal Mining heritage. It will be broadly based on the form of previous Cadw "caring for" booklets (specifically the "Caring for Industrial Heritage of Slate" produced by Gwynedd Archaeological Trust and Cadw).

The booklet will be highly illustrated with good quality modern photographs as well as historic photographs and documents.

The metal mine at Cwmsymlog

Aimed at a non-technical readership, the booklet will introduce the industry, its history and development (including skills and technology as well as its social/cultural, economic, ecological and landscape impact), the surviving physical remains, threats, opportunities, future safeguarding, sources of further information and advice. A total production of 2,000 copies is proposed.

A grant towards the production of the booklet has also been provided by ‘Ysbryd y Mwynwyr – Spirit of the Miners ‘. This sets out to create an identity for the Ceredigion Uplands using the legacy of metal mining as a theme for regeneration. The Uplands covers the area from Tregaron in its most southerly point to the Dyfi River in the north and includes the Pumlumon and Cambrian Mountain Ranges in Ceredigion. The funding for ‘Spirit of the Miners’ is made up of contributions from European Objective 1 European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), Welsh Assembly Government’s Local Regeneration funds, Countryside Council for Wales and Ceredigion County Council.

It is intended to involve as many organisations as possible who have an interest in the conservation and management of Ceredigion's metal mining heritage in order to encourage a sense of joint ownership. The Welsh Mines Preservation Trust, the Early Mines Research Group and the RCAHMW have all offered some level of in-kind support for the project.

A preliminary draft of the text of the booklet has now been circulated to all interested stakeholders and various comments have already been received. Many of these will be incorporated into the final draft of the booklet.

Project contact: Duncan Schlee




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