Mold Cape to Return Home?
By Carl Butler (from IC Northwales)
A visitor centre to highlight the Bronze Age and Celtic culture of north east Wales is planned and could attract up to 150,000 tourists a year.
At its core would be the famous gold Bronze Age Mold Cape, currently held in the British Museum.
Experts have drawn up a study and believe a centre is feasible, probably on land next to Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
The CAPE (Culture, Archaeology, Prehistory Experience) Project chairman is Adrian Barsby, of Mold's Beaufort Park Hotel. He said: "Early indications from the report suggest the project is viable, there are a number of possible sites available and it has the potential to fill a tourism gap in the region.
"We urge local people to take an interest and get involved. It is vital we now widen the debate and engage local people at the earliest opportunity in the future planning of the project in the hope that they will get behind it.
"Early reactions from people consulted have been positive."
To get the project going, the report will suggest trying to establish an academic centre first which could be a base for archaeological dig teams.
With its proximity to the major towns and cities of the North West, a new visitor attraction could attract anything between 50,000 and 150,000 a year, say the consultants.
The team behind CAPE includes representatives of the area's tourism organisations as well as local businesses, Flintshire County Council, Mold 2000, Mold Town Partnership and the Welsh Development Agency.
The whole idea was sparked by a drive in the town for the return of its famous Bronze Age cape.
* The report will be presented to the public on Monday, February 16 in Clwyd Theatr Cymru Mold at 7pm. Copies of the study report will be available to view in Mold Library.
Posted by Rhiannon
6th February 2004ce
Edited 7th January 2005ce