Mining for history in Cwm Rheidol's Valley

Friday, 14 August, 2009

Make a note of September 12th. It will be a day to discover hidden histories, listen to stories, reminisce, recollect and record.

A very different sort of mining will be taking place in Cwm Rheidol near Aberystwyth on Saturday September 12th 2009. Instead of the lead and other minerals that were once mined in the valley and surrounding area, people will be joining in a project to collect and discuss the history and special character of the valley based on the mining heritage and local history.

This event is part of the PLWM project, a Ceredigion County Council led and European funded project that exists to contribute to regeneration in upland Ceredigion through a focus on the heritage of the metal mining industry through the funding of initiatives throughout the uplands of Ceredigion which will help to create a Sense of Place for visitors and communities alike. In addition to the mining heritage, there will also be plenty of opportunities to find out about the Geology and Natural History of the area and to hear about some of the stories and characters associated with the Rheidol Valley.
Cwm Rheidol Mine Mining Relic at Cwm Rheidol
Members of the Cwm Rheidol community will welcome anyone who is interested to come to the event and enjoy the day. There will be activities for people of all ages. These will include talks by local experts and displays from various groups and organisations.
A special feature of the day will be a story telling project led by Sue Jones Davies in which children and adults can experience some of the conflicts and headline stories that go back to the days of lead mining. Anna Evans will be inviting people to take part in Dialogue Cwm Rheidol during which food will be the central feature of a novel art project. Translation equipment will be available on the day.
Everyone will be able to join in making a ‘story map’ of the valley that will be a unique way of recording personal memories and noting favourite places.
A central aspect of the day will be an opportunity to share archive photographs and other memorabilia about the valley. Please bring your own memorabilia relating to Cwm Rheidol in the form of photographs, written material and objects. Michael Freeman, curator of Ceredigion Museum, will be on hand through the morning to scan and photograph material and Alice Briggs a local artist of the Rheidol valley will be talking to people who want to record their own stories and memories.
The event will be held at the Statkraft Visitor Centre, Cwm Rheidol. The day will start at 10am and end around 4.30pm. At 11.30 there will be a talk about Cwm Rheidol life. In the afternoon there will be more talks and story telling.
PLWM is a Rural Development Plan project funded by Europe, it has two funding partners The Countryside Council for Wales and CADW. PLWM is working very closely with The Welsh Mines Preservation Trust, local community groups such as Pentir Pumlumon and local heritage trusts such as the Vale of Rheidol Railway as well as a number of other partner organisations including the Forestry Commission Wales and The Environment Angency.

Watch out for the events detailed programme, which will be publicised beforehand through websites, the press and fliers. For more information on this event or the PLWM project please contact: Alice Briggs 01970 880743, Shelagh Hourahane 01970 832898 or Natalie Moyce 01545 574160 (PLWM project officer).