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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Award for Welsh Slate: Archaeology and History of an Industry

We are pleased to announce that Dr David Gwyn, as author of Royal Commission publication Welsh Slate: Archaeology and History of an Industry, has been given the Association for Industrial Archaeology, Peter Neaverson Award for Outstanding Scholarship for the year 2016.

David Gwyn was the first winner of the award in 2009, but the judges unanimously agreed that Welsh Slate could not be passed over. On hearing the news, David said:

‘I am delighted to have been awarded the Peter Neaverson prize for Welsh Slate. This award reflects the high standard of editing and production which is a hall-mark of publications by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales.’

He will be presented with the award at the Association for Industrial Archaeology annual conference this September.

David is also speaking about the Welsh slate industry on behalf of the Royal Commission at the Hay Festival on Thursday 2 June.

Dr David Gwyn (centre) at the launch of the book held in the Great Hall of Penrhyn Castle near Bangor in May 2015.

About Welsh Slate:
This book describes all aspects of the Welsh Slate industry. It is a comprehensive guide not only to the archaeology and the physical remains of the industry but also to its social history and to its continuing significance in the evolving story of Wales. This book has also made an important contribution towards the inclusion of the Slate Industry of North Wales on the UK provisional list for World Heritage Nomination.

The book is available in both English and Welsh versions:

Welsh Slate: Archaeology and History of an Industry (ISBN: 978-1871184-51-8)

Llechi Cymru: Archaeoleg a Hanes (ISBN: 978-1871184-52-5).

These are large format books of 291 pages with 243 high-quality illustrations and cost £45.

For further details, please contact the Royal Commission on 01970 621248,

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