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EXPLORING THE SLATE LANDSCAPE OF NORTHWEST WALES: A Celebration of Wales’s New World Heritage Site

Talk by Louise Barker at 5pm, 7 October 2021

On 28 July 2021 The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The successful Nomination bid was led by Gwynedd Council on behalf of a partnership which includes the Royal Commission and was the culmination of over 15 years hard work.

The Nomination document emphasized the importance of culture as well as industry, specifying: ‘the Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales represents an exceptional example of an industrial cultural landscape that was profoundly shaped by large-scale slate quarrying and underground mining, and by the working and transport of slate for national and international markets.’

This is the time to celebrate the heritage of the Northwest Wales slate industry in all its rich diversity. The communities of the Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales continue to be innovative, and this designation as a World Heritage site recognises the distinctive cultural landscape of Welsh slate and its contribution to world history.

The Royal Commission’s extensive archive and expertise, led by senior archaeologist Louise Barker, made a fundamental contribution to the nomination document.  Join Louise on a virtual visit of the new World Heritage Site, learn about the places and monuments that form it, and its contribution to the World in our next virtual lecture, on Thursday 7 October at 5pm.

This free lecture will be delivered via Zoom and the invitation will be sent to you once you have booked your place. Please don’t forget to download Zoom if you haven’t already!

For more information and to book your free ticket go to the event’s page.


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