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National Trust

Romans in Carmarthenshire

Dolaucothi Goldmines

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  • 12 x large format interpretation panels

  • Oak frames, various configurations

  • Installation on scheduled land

  • Welcome centre kiosk presentaion

  • Bi-lingual audio traildelivery - on dedicated MP3 players

Interpretation Panels

Each interpretation panel was printed in high-resolution enamelled aluminium. This made them highly durable in the harsh environment where they would be subjected to cold, rain, ice and all that nature could throw at them.

Heritage interpretation panel designed by Monty Funk for the National Trust


Each interpretation panel itself comprised illustrations depicting the Roman activities at Dolaucothi Goldmines. These were based on archaeological research, working with the Dyfed Archaeological Trust. Illustrations were used extensively to bring to life the historical methods used by the Romans to extract the gold.

Montage of Roman illustrations by Monty Funk for the National Trust


The oak frames were individually designed & constructed for the project. As they were installed on 'scheduled land', procedures had to be followed, including having an archaeologist on site and tamping (no cement used).

Installation of heritage interpretation panels for National Trust by the Monty Funk team


All the panels had clear mapping explaining where you are and they key story being told at that point.


If following with the audio trail, the maps gave clear instructions on which audio was most relevant to the location...

Interactive map designed by Monty Funk for the National Trust

Panel Graphics

The bi-lingual panels were extensively researched with collaboration with the Dyfed Archaeological Trust. All copy was written from this collaborative research, telling the complete story of this extraordinary achievement in Roman times in Carmarthenshire.

The slideshow below contains all the project's interpretation panels...

Panel 1 - Car Park
Panel 1 - Car Park

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Panel 2 - Open Cast Pit
Panel 2 - Open Cast Pit

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Panel 9 - Pumsaint Stone Legend
Panel 9 - Pumsaint Stone Legend

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Panel 1 - Car Park
Panel 1 - Car Park

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The Audio Trail

MP3 player used for audio trail delivery

The bi-lingual audio trail included drama and content recorded on location at Dolaucothi with the research archaeologists. It was produced specifically to be heard en-route along the trail using the MP3 players collected at the Welcome Centre.

1 - Open Cast PitDolaucothi Goldmines
00:00 / 03:28
2 - Pumsaint Roman FortDolaucothi Goldmines
00:00 / 02:48
3 - Lower Roman AditDolaucothi Goldmines
00:00 / 02:36
4 - Upper Roman AditDolaucothi Goldmines
00:00 / 02:43
5 - Upper Roman ExitDolaucothi Goldmines
00:00 / 03:10
6 - Leats and TanksDolaucothi Goldmines
00:00 / 03:00
7 - Overlooking Open Cast PitDolaucothi Goldmines
00:00 / 03:03
8 - Legend of the Pumsaint StoneDolaucothi Goldmines
00:00 / 02:31