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Title: Ysbryd y Mwynwyr - Spirit of the Miners
Chimney, TaliesinYstrad EinionCwm Ystwyth

Heritage Weekend August Bank Holiday 2005

Revisiting the mines of Mid Wales!

Cwmsymlog Chimney
Following the success of the Welsh Mines Preservation Trusts Heritage day at Cwmystwyth in 2004, Trust members and local residents returned to the mines of Mid Wales for a three day event, which was held over the August Bank Holiday.

The Heritage Event this year was held in association with Ysbryd y Mwynwyr Spirit of the Miners. This weekend provided an opportunity for Trust members from all over Britain and the local community to share knowledge and stories about a subject that has shaped the landscape and communities of northern Ceredigion. It was also encouraging to see a number of younger local members taking an interest in the weekend's events that included walks, talks and presentations on local mining history.
Leading the walks and talks was Simon Hughes, local author and mining historian on the Saturday and Monday and George Hall, author of numerous books on Welsh Mining, on the Sunday.
Heritage Weekend 2005: Cwmsymlog
The weekend began on a sunny note on Saturday with investigations around the Chimney, chapel and surrounding area at Cwmsymlog. On Sunday, the day included visits to the Glogfach, Glogfawr and Logaulas mines around Pontrhydygroes. The evening event was held in the aptly named Public House The Miners Arms in Pontrhydygroes. A variety of aspects on the theme of mining were discussed including mining in Mid Wales in the 1950's by George Hall, an audio visual presentation by Peter Frampton on Cwmystwyth and the Elan Valley and a talk by Simon Timberlake from the Early Mines Research Group, on Bronze Age and early mining at Cwmystwyth. A slide show was also given by Graham Levins, secretary of the Welsh Mines Preservation Trust. David Bick, distinguished author of numerous books on mining in Cardiganshire and Mid Wales gave an update on his Metal Mines of Mid-Wales series.

Despite the early rain on Monday morning, the walk around the mines at Talybont went ahead, getting underway at Erglodd and Alltycrib. The highlight of the day being the discovery of a Bronze Age hammer stone. The evening event was held at Talybont Memorial Hall with once again the local community and trust members in attendance. The evening included talks by Simon Hughes on mining in the Talybont area, an interesting update by Nigel Page from Cambria Archaeology on the excavations at Borth Bog. While Simon Timberlake returned to give a further talk on the methods used in Bronze Age mining and appropriately showed the group a reconstructed hammer stone.
Evening event at Talybont
Ysbryd y Mwynwyr Spirit of the Miners would like to thank everyone that attended the various walks and talks, Graham Levins, secretary of the Trust for organising the event and the Trust for allowing the project to have a part to play in the weekend. A special thanks also to the landowners for allowing the group permission to access these sites. We now look forward to this becoming an annual event in the calendar, with a programme of day walks being drawn up. See activities for further details or visit the diary of events to find out about upcoming events.

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