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World Heritage UK’s 2024 webinar # 1 – The Slate Landscape of NW Wales

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0

£5.00 – £25.00
Slate Landscape of NW Wales World Heritage Site

Number 1 in a series of 7 webinar talks, on the UK’s World Heritage Industrial Heritage SitesThursday 11th January 2024.

World Heritage Site: The Slate Landscape of NW Wales illustrates the transformation that industrial slate quarrying and mining brought about in the traditional rural environment of the mountains and valleys of the Snowdon massif. The territory, extending from mountain-top to sea-coast, presented opportunities and constraints that were used and challenged by the large-scale industrial processes undertaken by landowners and capital investors, which reshaped the agricultural landscape into an industrial centre for slate production during the Industrial Revolution (1780-1914). The serial WHS comprises six components each encompassing relict quarries and mines, archaeological sites related to slate industrial processing, historical settlements, both living and relict, historic gardens and grand country houses, ports, harbours and quays, and railway and road systems illustrating the functional and social linkages of the relict slate industrial landscape. The WHS was internationally significant not only for the export of slates, but also for the export of technology and skilled workers from the 1780s to the early 20th century. It played a leading role in the field and constituted a model for other slate quarries in different parts of the world. It offers an important and remarkable example of interchange of materials, technology and human values.

Speaker: David Gwyn, Heritage Consultant and Historian; “My early childhood was spent in Bethesda, in the 1960s. That was when things were starting to change at Penrhyn quarry but I have clear memories of the old ways – of the railway lines extending all over the place, the water-balances raising the blocks to the mills on Red Lion level, and the huge number of men working at the rock-face, or splitting, or throwing unworkable rock over the tip-ends. Though we moved to England when I was still quite young, I resolved that I would one day return to Wales, and that I would chronicle this industry and its people”.

Talk: Quarries, communities, carriages and comparisons – presenting an industrial landscape

Times: 7 to 8pm, on Zoom. Zoom details usually sent out latest the day before the webinar.

Each webinar is recorded and uploaded to WHUK’s private YouTube channel. All ticket holders will be sent a link to the video, to revisit or catch up if the live talk was missed.

More details on this webinar to follow.

  • Thu 8th February – Forth Bridge WHS with Mark Watson from Historic Environment Scotland and Karen Stewart from Fife Council.
  • Thu 7th March – Derwent Valley Mills WHS with Adrian Farmer from Derbyshire County Council.
  • Thu 4th April – Cornish Mining with Aynsley Cocks from Cornwall County Council.
  • Thu 2nd May – Ironbridge Gorge with WHS Chair Marion Blockley
  • Thu 6th June – Saltaire with Sheena Campbell, Saltaire World Heritage Officer and Maggie Smith, Saltaire Collection
  • Thu 4th July – Reflecting on the UK’s Industrial World Heritage Sites with Ironbridge’s Brandi Hall-Crossgrove and Prof. Ian Wray from the Heseltine Institute, Liverpool University

Individual webinars cost £5 or buy all seven for £25.

Ticket sales for single tickets closes 3pm the day before the webinar.


January 11
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
£5.00 – £25.00
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