Dolaucothi, Carmarthenshire

Dolaucothi Goldmines: 1930s

National Trust

Project comprises:

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  • Large format interpretation panels

  • Oral history telephones

  • Period radio giving news bulletins of the time

  • Machine sounds triggered automatically and by the visitors

  • Industrial audio players

  • Bi-lingual: English & Welsh

The Oral History Telephones

Monty Funk sourced a number of telephones that would have been in the mines during the 1930s. These were restored and new electronics added so that visitor could dial a number and hear one of the miners (originally recorded in the 1980s oral history project) telling their own real story of life in the mines.

External, solar-powered oral history telephone designed by Monty Funk for the National Trust
Listen to the Miners oral history telephone directory produced by Monty Funk for the National Trust

A selection of some of the miners' oral histories you can dial up on the old telephones...

Bar, J - Working UndergroundDolaucothi Goldmines: 1930s
00:00 / 00:36
Jones, D - accident 2Dolaucothi Goldmines: 1930s
00:00 / 00:52
Jones, D - accidentsDolaucothi Goldmines: 1930s
00:00 / 00:32
Job, R - Roman LadderDolaucothi Goldmines: 1930s
00:00 / 00:40
Hudson - TramwayDolaucothi Goldmines: 1930s
00:00 / 01:03
Dicks, D - Bell SignalsDolaucothi Goldmines: 1930s
00:00 / 00:30

The Interpretation Panels

The bi-lingual panels (Welsh & English) were extensively researched with collaboration industrial historians.

The Audio Players

The bi-lingual audio players (Welsh & English) were built from industrial parts.

CompressorsDolaucothi Goldmines: 1930s
00:00 / 01:36
Air TanksDolaucothi Goldmines: 1930s
00:00 / 01:38
Startup MachinesDolaucothi Goldmines: 1930s
00:00 / 02:01
Gantry CraneDolaucothi Goldmines: 1930s
00:00 / 01:32