2000 years ago, the site of Dolaucothi was a major goldmine for the Romans, probably one of the reasons for their invasion of Wales.
But when the Romans left nothing much happened at Dolaucothi until the Victorian miners rediscovered the workings and tried their luck. Without the slave labour of the Roman excavations, the mines were unprofitable, and the Victorians abandoned them.
Then, for almost a decade in the 1930s, Dolaucothi was revived as a commercial enterprise...
...but the 1930s was a tense decade with the build up to the Second World War, and the strains on the mine meant it only retrieved a small amount of gold from the ground.
Panel and web copywriting
Illustrations and graphic design
Panel printing, construction & installation
Map design, cartography and printing
Interactive information kiosk
Sound design, programming & installation
Telephone and artefact reconstruction
Oral history editing & restoration
The story of the 1930s gold mining at Dalaucothi is told though reconstructions of tools and equipment, a series of interpretation panels showing how life was, and the voices of the actual miners.
Originally recorded in the 1980s, many of the workers came to tell of life down the mines, in the processing plant and the other activities needed to keep the mine running.
These recordings have been digitally restored and can be heard throughout the mine site on telephones from the period. You dial a number and there they are telling you how it was.
There are other industrial interactive delights, including industrial historian, Tim Martin explaining the workings of the compressor shed - hit the buttons there to find out more!
A. Wright - Underground Worker: "Getting your lamp"
Gwilym Price - Winderman:
Evan Morgan - Machine Borer:
Roger Jobe - Machine Welder:
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