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Friday, 10 September 2010

Mining Heritage Conference - The Richest Lode

For your information - Next weekend, 18th-19th September,  a mining conference will be held at Lampeter University.


Mining Heritage – the richest lode

Mining Heritage


18 – 19 September 2010

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 is organised under the auspices of David Sables and Trinity Saint David


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



*The conference will run for 2 days from 10am – 5pm and include an optional trip to a local mine.




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