Tuesday 01 April 2014
‘Romans in Carmarthenshire’ is a project which aims to explain the Roman history of the county and provide everything from excellent tourism facilities to important resources for academics.
Key elements of the scheme, which awarded £125,000 funding from Cadw’s Heritage Tourism Project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, include developing the Roman story at Dolaucothi Gold Mines and increasing the display of Roman artefacts at Carmarthenshire County Museum.
Interpretation and accessibility at Carmarthen Amphitheatre will also be improved.
Meanwhile, the visitor experience and interpretation will be enhanced at the remote Romans sites of Y Pigwn marching camp, Waun Ddu fortlet and Carn Goch.
The project will be led by National Trust in conjunction with Cadw, Carmarthenshire County Council, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and Carmarthenshire County Museum. It will also be supported by community and volunteer groups and organisations.
John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport, said: “I am delighted that Cadw and the Heritage Tourism Project have been able to support the completion of the Romans in Carmarthenshire project to further celebrate the heritage and history of Wales in a fun and compelling way. Enabling people to follow the Roman story across Carmarthenshire has been achieved by creating links between places and sites with the help of inspiring interpretation.”
He added: “The Romans were a hugely significant part of how Wales developed and their story still leaves a mark on today’s landscape. We hope that the Dolaucothi Gold Mine and other Roman projects in Carmarthenshire will encourage visitors and local people alike to learn about the Romans by retracing their steps and will be inspired to explore the rest of Wales’s fascinating story.”
National Trust General Manager for Carmarthenshire Jacqui Kedward said: “We want to create a series of attractions connected by the Roman road network that can be explored in any way you want - by car, bicycle and on foot. The county has a fascinating Roman history and our aim is to explain and celebrate that. People can engage in that to any extent they like from serious academic study to having a day out at points of interest for tourists.”
She added: “Dolaucothi Gold Mines will be the gateway site for the interpretation of the county’s Roman story. These mines are unique; a real hidden gem. In the Roman period, Dolaucothi was probably the only gold mine in Britain. The new project will allow us to develop what we offer at Dolaucothi by enhancing the tours and using new digital media to bring the experience to life.”