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									        Cyngor Sir CEREDIGION                                             CEREDIGION County Council




                                                   NEWS RELEASE


               Objective 1                       DATE: 04/ 09/ 2007                Objective 1

                                           Heritage Weekend Success!
                                                                  A successful mining heritage weekend was
                                                                  held over the August bank holiday organised
                                                                  by Spirit of the Miners, an Objective 1 and
                                                                  Countryside Council for Wales funded project,
                                                                  which aims to raise awareness of the mining
                                                                  heritage of northern Ceredigion and the Welsh
                                                                  Mines Preservation Trust.

                                                                  Mining enthusiasts, local people and visitors
                                                                  re-traced the steps of the old Cardiganshire
                                                                  miners who mined in parts of the area some
                                                                  4000 years ago. The annual event is an
                                                                  opportunity to share knowledge and stories
                                                                  and to visit sites that would not normally be
                                                                  accessible and notably this year was an
                                                                  opportunity to promote and highlight some of
                                                                  the Spirit of the Miners’ successful projects.



The three-day event compromised of walks and talks at numerous well known mine sites in the Uplands. On
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Saturday 25 August Simon Timberlake an archaeologist from the Early Mines Research Group gave a talk on the
recent excavations undertaken at Cwmystwyth and explained why Cwmystwyth is currently regarded as the oldest
recorded metal mine in the UK. Ysbyty Ystwyth Hall was the location for an evening of talks.

Sunday saw a large group of enthusiastic walkers undertake a ‘5 mine walk’ starting at Cwmsymlog and finishing at
Bronfloyd. The walk provided an opportunity to inspect a project undertaken by the community council to restore
the stone chimney at Cwmsymlog. Simon Hughes a local historian spoke of the significance of Cwmsymlog as the
most productive silver bearing mine in the area and further talks were given by Simon Timberlake regarding the
archaeological excavations at Darren mine further down the valley. The day finished with a tour of Bronfloyd Mine,
where the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust hopes to carry restoration work over the next few years.

The weekend concluded on Monday with a talk at Frongoch mine, the history of which is currently being used as a
backdrop for the production of a script funded by Spirit of the Miners. The story will focus on the arrival of over a
hundred Italian miners in the area, which led to industrial unrest, racial conflict and dispute.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

    NATALIE MOYCE
    Ffôn: (01545) 572 062    Ffacs: 01545 572 029
    E-Bost: nataliem@ceredigion.gov.uk

    You can find this release and other Ceredigion material at:
                                   http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk
    Further Objective 1 information can be found at:
                                  http://www.euceredigion.co.uk
The day continued with a walk at Pont Ceunant and Graig goch mines. The Pont Ceunant generating station has
been the focus of a recent fly tipping clearance project involving Spirit of the Miners, the Environment Agency and
the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust. Monday gave members of the Trust an opportunity to return and inspect the
site following their assistance in clearing up the site.

Graham Levins secretary of the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust said “This was another successful weekend; it was
a pleasure to be able to share our interest in these historical sites with others, especially local residents.”

Ysbryd y Mwynwyr – Spirit of the Miners would like to thank everyone that attended the various walks and talks and
for those who led the walks throughout the weekend. A special thanks also to the landowners for allowing the group
permission to access these sites.

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Editors Note:

For information in this instance on Spirit of the Miners please visit www.spirit-of-the-miners.org.uk or contact Meleri
Richards on 01545 574162 or e-mail melerir@ceredigion.gov.uk.

For further information on the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust contact Graham Levins the secretary on
graham.levins@btinternet.com


Photo captions: (top) Simon Timberlake archaeologist with the Early Mines Research Group at Cwmystwyth.
Below: Walkers at Darren Mine, Bottom photo: Start of the ‘5 mine walk’ at Cwmsymlog




       FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

       NATALIE MOYCE
       Ffôn: (01545) 572 062    Ffacs: 01545 572 029
       E-Bost: nataliem@ceredigion.gov.uk

       You can find this release and other Ceredigion material at:
                                      http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk
       Further Objective 1 information can be found at:
                                     http://www.euceredigion.co.uk
  Walkers at Darren Mine




FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

NATALIE MOYCE
Ffôn: (01545) 572 062    Ffacs: 01545 572 029
E-Bost: nataliem@ceredigion.gov.uk

You can find this release and other Ceredigion material at:
                               http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk
Further Objective 1 information can be found at:
                              http://www.euceredigion.co.uk
Start of the ‘5 mine walk’ at Cwmsymlog


Ends




       FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

       NATALIE MOYCE
       Ffôn: (01545) 572 062    Ffacs: 01545 572 029
       E-Bost: nataliem@ceredigion.gov.uk

       You can find this release and other Ceredigion material at:
                                      http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk
       Further Objective 1 information can be found at:
                                     http://www.euceredigion.co.uk

								
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