Minister visits the Royal Mint to see what takes place behind its doors

Friday 20 September 2013

The Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths, joined other guests on Friday 20 September on a rare opportunity to visit one of Wales’s most remarkable historical organisations, the Royal Mint, which opened its doors for one day only as part of the annual Open Doors programme.

  • Minister visits the Royal Mint to see what takes place behind its doors

    Minister visits the Royal Mint to see what takes place behind its doors

  • Minister visits the Royal Mint to see what takes place behind its doors

    Minister visits the Royal Mint to see what takes place behind its doors

  • Minister visits the Royal Mint to see what takes place behind its doors

    Minister visits the Royal Mint to see what takes place behind its doors

  • Minister visits the Royal Mint to see what takes place behind its doors

    Minister visits the Royal Mint to see what takes place behind its doors

The Royal Mint is an MOD-protected site which is not usually open to the public. As part of his visit, the Minister was able to see the fascinating history and mechanics behind the site which has a history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,000 years.

John Griffiths said: ‘The Royal Mint is just one example of hundreds of sites which have opened their doors during September as part of the annual Open Doors event. The aim of the programme is to make Wales’s heritage more accessible and appealing to a wide range of audiences to explore and enjoy, leading to a greater understanding of the historic environment and heritage, and generating a stronger sense of place within communities.

‘This event is also an excellent example of partners working within the heritage sector, including Cadw, the Civic Trust and Local Authorities working together to deliver an outstanding event reaching the whole of Wales.

‘The event today has taught me something new about Wales’s heritage, and I hope others will make the most of the huge programme of events this month and continue to explore Wales’s heritage.’

Adam Lawrence, Royal Mint Chief Executive said: ‘It’s been great to be part of the Open Doors Programme again this year, and give members of the public the opportunity to see the work of one of Britain’s national treasures. It was an honour to welcome the Minister along this morning, and not only demonstrate our long-standing heritage and craftsmanship, but also the innovation that harnesses state-of-the-art technology to the service of the highest standard of minting.’

Organised by the Civic Trust for Wales and supported by Cadw, Open Doors offers both local people and visitors alike the chance to explore the hidden treasures of Wales’s culture and history. Events continue to run all over Wales until the end of September.

Open Doors is the largest volunteering programme in the heritage sector with over 700 events organised by 1,800 community members, including guided walks, heritage trails, lectures, exhibitions and concerts. The event is part of European Heritage Days, which take place throughout September across 50 countries in a celebration of architecture and heritage.