Our Heritage (in partnership with Gwynedd Council, Conwy County Borough Council, Snowdonia National Park and others) – Bringing the past to life in North Wales, the Our Heritage project aims to give Gwynedd’s tourism sector a boost by improving the historical and cultural experience of both visitors and residents alike.
The project follows a “hub and spoke” approach, combining site-specific investments with a central interpretation platform. Site-specific improvements have been made at Llechwedd, The Quarry Hospital and Padarn Lake Railway in Llanberis, Taith y Llechen between Tregarth and Bangor, Lon Las Ogwen and Lon Eifion and North Wales Pilgrims Way which links St Winefride’s Well in Flintshire to Bardsey on the Llŷn Peninsula, Llandudno Museum, Great Orme Bronze Age Mines and Great Orme Country Park. Read the latest news on the Our Heritage project here.
Princes of Gwynedd (in partnership with Gwynedd Council, Conwy County Burough Council, Snowdonia National Park Authority, National Trust and others) – Surrounded by stunning scenery and the dramatic beauty of the Welsh mountains, this project has delivered an interpretation gateway for visitors to explore the history of the Welsh princes. Six exhibition hubs have been established in Conwy Castle , Betws-y-Coed Tourist Information Centre, Caernarfon Castle and Criccieth Castle. Interpretation and signage has been installed at several Cadw sites including Criccieth Castle, Dolwyddelan Castle, Dolbadarn Castle and Castell y Bere. A new welcome centre at Craflwyn for Dinas Emrys has been completed and a series of community initiatives in the Conwy Valley have been completed. Read the latest news on the Princes and Gwynedd project here.
Mona Antiqua (in partnership with Menter Mon) – Once home to the largest copper mine in the world, this project has explored and renewed the history of this remarkable area in Anglesey. Interpretation work has been carried out at Coppor Bins Amlwch Heritage Centre, Parys Mountain and various sites in Holyhead. Hubs have been set up at Holyhead, Amlwch, Beaumaris, Oriel Ynys Mon and in the South West (Aberffraw / Newburough Forest and Llys Llewelyn). Conservation and interpretation work has also taken place at Llanddwyn Island, the Welsh equivelant of the patron saint of St Valentines – St Dwynwen. From exploring the history of copper in Wales, to discovering more about the patron saint of lovers, this project has helped to transform Angelsey into a heritage destination for all the family. Read the latest news on the Mona Antiqua project here.
Romans in Carmarthenshire (in partnership with the National Trust, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and Carmarthenshire Council Council) – This project has delivered substantial improvements in the Dolaucothi Gold mien site by installing new interpretation. Interpretation and accessibility has also been improved at Carmarthenshire Amphitheatre. A number of sites dating from the Roman era have also been improved as a result of this project and include Y Pigwn marching camp, Waun Ddu fortlet and Carn Goch. A display of Roman artefacts at Carmarthenshire Museum has also been funded through this project. Read the latest news on the Romans in Carmarthenshire project here.
Ceredigion Churches Heritage Trail (in partnership with Treftadaeth Llandre Heritage) – This ‘Peaceful Places’ project has delivered a truly unique walking trail, made up of churches and chapels in Ceredigion which offer a chance for visitors to step off the beaten track and uncover beautiful sights, sounds and stories along the way. Read the latest news on the Ceredigion Churches Heritage Trail here.
Hafod Copperworks Swansea (in partnership with Swansea University and City and Council of Swansea) - This is a project which has restored 12 listed buildings and established walking trails around the site. New artwork, information and interpretation has also been installed at the site. Read the latest news on the Hafod Morfa Copporworks project here.
Castles and Princes (in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council, National Trust, Pembroke Castle Trust, the Llewelyn family and Swansea County Councils) - From medieval warriors, magnificent landscapes and historical seats of power, the sites within the Castles and Princes Project dominate the South West Wales region. This project has delivered new interpretation at Carmarthen, Swansea, Carreg Cennen and Pembroke Castles. A heritage trail at Dinefwr has also been established. Read the latest news on the Castles and Princes project here.
Castell Henllys Iron Age village (in partnership with the Pembrokeshire National Park Authority) - Iron Age village to be improved with new visitor centre, exhibitions and shop. Work is ongoing at this project. Read the latest news on the Castell Henllys Iron Age village project here.
Horseshoe Falls / Llangollen - Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal - (in partnership with Denbighshire County Council) – Work on improving access and interpretation has taken place at the World Heritage Site in Denbighshire.
Denbigh Town Castle Link Project (in partnership with Denbighsire County Council) Artwork will also be placed on the town walls by local artists to tell the history of the area and to link the town with its historic past and the heritage that remains in the town, the town walls and Denbigh Castle. Read the latest news on the Denbigh Town Castle Link project here.
Chapel Bay Fort, Angle (in partnership with the Chapel Bay Trust and Pembrokeshire County Council) – This site has been refurbished, reconstructed and restored and is now accessible to the public.
The Black Mountain Quarries (Calch) (in partnership with the Dyfed Archaeological Trust, the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, the National Museum of Wales and the Black Mountain Centre in Brynaman) – This project has delivered a self-guided multimedia heritage trail around the fascinating remains of the lime industry in the stunning landscape of the Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park The trail uses way markers, an audio guide and a mobile app to uncover the secrets of the ‘white gold’ hidden in the Black Mountains. A display about the site can be visited at the nearby Black Mountain Centre in Brynaman. Read the latest news on the Black Mountain Quarries - Calch project here.
Carew Castle (in partnership with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority) – This has delivered a refurbishment of visitor/venue space, improved visitor facilities, interpretation and landscaping of site. Read the latest news on the Carew Castle project here.