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Mining Heritage – the richest lode

09/18/2010 11:00
09/19/2010 20:00

The study of heavy industries in Wales is a growing area of research for those interested in archaeology, anthropology, economics and politics. However much of this study is currently focused on the coal and slate industries of north and south Wales, and is centred on the 19th century. The metal extraction industries of Mid Wales in particular, are under studied with a subsequent lack of understanding of the histories of the people and processes involved. Neglect of this area of study has led to a biased history of the Mid-Wales mining heritage.
This biased history negates the fact that historically Mid Wales was one of the most important ore fields in the United Kingdom and which was once one of the leading areas in the metal production revolutions of the Bronze Age and the expansion of industrial production which took place in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

This conference aims to examine the understudied areas and periods, increase the profile of metal mining studies within academia and finally promote links between interest groups and the public. Speakers on their specialist areas include:

  • Dr Stephen Hughes, RCAHMW
  • Professor Roger Burt University of Exeter
  • Dr Simon Timberlake University of Cambridge
  • Professor David Austin University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
  • Mr Graham Levins Welsh Mines Preservation Trust

Subjects will include:

  • Use of Gunpowder in Mining Mining Histories & Landscapes
  • 25 years of Mining Archaeology
  • The Strata Florida Project
  • Cutting Edge Surveying Techniques

The conference will  include an optional trip to a local mine.

For more information or to book your place on this conference please contact Christine Logan at the Research & Development Office on 01570 424970 or email at
. Programme and additional information on the website of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David


2015 - European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year


European Industrial and Technical Heritage Year
Année européenne du patrimoine industriel et technique
Jahr des Industriellen und Technischen Erbes
Anno del Patrimonio Industriale e Tecnico Europeo
Año Europeo del Patrimonio Industrial y Técnico

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