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Historic quarry site gets funding

Nant Gwrtheryn
A £527,000 grant is set to improve facilities at Nant Gwrtheryn

A £527,000 grant will help bring Victorian buildings on the site of a quarry back to their former glory.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded the money to restore Grade II-listed buildings at the Nant Gwrtheyrn Welsh language and heritage centre.

The money will also be used to develop interpretation facilities at the centre, on the Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd.

The grant has been given to Ymddiriedolaeth Nant Gwrtheyrn as part of a £4.7m phased development.

The project will include the restoration of the Victorian Grade II-listed Trem y Môr terrace, offices and buildings as well as upgrading interpretation facilities to include touch screen interaction, projected films and outdoor exhibits.

Located in the isolated 1850s settlement of Porth y Nant, Nant Gwrtheyrn has been used as a centre for promoting the Welsh language and culture in Wales since 1982, becoming the first residential centre for Welsh learners.

Nant Gwrtheyrn has been deemed of national importance due to its iconic role in the rebirth of the Welsh language. It is also an attraction for schoolchildren and visitors.

'Attractive'

The centre also tells the story of the granite quarrying industry and of the people who worked and lived in the isolated community.

Part of the HLF grant will be used to appoint a heritage development officer, who will recruit volunteers and work on community-based projects.

Drama projects and guided walks will be on offer as well as granite sett making, where participants use hand tools to make street cobbles.

Jim O'Rourke, development project manager at the centre said: "The project aims to make Nant Gwrtheyrn attractive for the whole community by engaging with schoolchildren, young people and other community groups through both social and learning activities, to help keep Nant Gwrtheyrn's rich industrial and cultural heritage alive."

The funding is part of a £4.7m phased re-development of Nant Gwrtheyrn, supported by funding from the Welsh European Funding Office (Wefo).

The project has also received grants from Cadw, Gwynedd County Council and others.



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