Wales: First industrial nation

Dyfi Furnace

Dyfi Furnace

Title: Driving Forces
Date: July 2011
Creator: Touchstone Heritage Management Consultants & Associates

The plan outlines the impact that industrialisation had upon Wales, and the contribution that Welsh industry made on a global scale. The plan accepts that people have always been involved in industrious activity, but focuses primarily on the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries. The plan looks at how, depending on their status and motivation, people either effected or were affected by this great change. It includes a list of influential people involved within a wide range of industries and social movements, as well as numerous sites including iconic places such as Blaenafon Ironworks and the National Slate Museum.

The approach
The plan looks at the storyline from three angles:

  • People – this looks at the motivations of a selection of investors, inventors, entrepreneurs, benefactors, workers, political reformers, social movers and shakers and the communities that made the industrial revolution in Wales possible.
  • Processes – this identifies the seminal moments in Wales, where inventions were made or technologies were embraced that took industry to new and exciting levels.
  • Places – this answers the question ‘why did all this happen in Wales?’  It outlines the importance of Wales’ rich mineral wealth (particularly slate, iron ore and coal), and identifies many of the key locations in the story

It suggests a number of ways of linking the story across Wales.