Symbolic Celebratory Firing

Friday 01 March 2013

The Engine House is a major industrial heritage asset on Mynydd Parys, being the earliest survivor at a metal mine in Wales. The adjoining chimney collapsed in 1982 and the Trust have campaigned and sought funding to restore the iconic chimney.

Symbolic Celebratory Firing

Symbolic Celebratory Firing

Background to the ceremony:

This venture has now reached fruition and the Trust are holding a symbolic firing of the chimney to recognise this achievement.

The celebratory firing of  the new chimney echoes the finding of the 'great lode' (copper ore) by Roland Puw on Mynydd Parys on 02 March in 1768. An annual celebration of the discovery was made every year at the height of the mines when an ox given by the Marquis of Anglesey was roasted on the mountain for the workforce.

The Trust would like to recreate a celebration to create an annual event based on this historical event. It would provide a great opportunity to photograph the chimney with smoke coming out of the top and to celebrate the completion of this element of the project.

Background to the project:

Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust together with Menter Mon wish to celebrate the completion of the rebuilding of the Pearl Engine House Chimney situated on Mynydd Parys by holding a symbolic celebratory firing of the chimney. This building work forms part of a larger Copper Kingdom Project funded by HLF, the Heritage Tourism Project(Cadw), Isle of Anglesey Council, Isle of Anglesey Charitable Trust and Môn a Menai.The building work has been completed by a contractor  (D R Thomas) and as part of the project 4 trainees have been  given the opportunity to participate in the rebuilding works. Hyfforddiant Parys Training have managed the training element for the young people involved.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have supported the project with a grant of £497,000 to help conserve significant structures on the Mountain, which include the Pearl Engine Chimney, the iconic windmill on the summit of Mynydd Parys and to develop a heritage trail, provide traditional skills training  and create innovative IT facilities to link the mountain with the Visitor Centre in Porth Amlwch.

The project is also one of 24 to benefit from Cadw’s Heritage Tourism Project which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Cadw has invested £160,000 into the project with an additional £460,000 from the Môn a Menai programme.

Jennifer Stewart, Head of the HLF in Wales said, 'The Amlwch mines were once the world's most important producers of copper and had a significant impact on the landscape and people of Anglesey. We are pleased to see that our investment is making a real difference in protecting these iconic features of the mining heritage on Parys Mountain, as well as helping local communities and visitors learn and get involved directly with the mining heritage of this key site.'

Location, date, time:

Pearl Engine House Chimney, Parys mountain.
Saturday 02 March 2013 at 2.00pm

Photo Opportunity:

Firing of newly rebuilt industrial chimney.

Attendees:

Representatives:
Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust
Contractor
Trainees
Menter Mon
Hyfforddiant Parys Training
IOACC Tourism and Marketing Department
Dr Rhian Thomas HLF
Dr Kate Roberts Cadw

Further Information:

Alison Price, Heritage Officer, Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust,
Tel: 01248 725709
email: alison@mentermon.com