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Bronze age copper mine may be tourist attraction

July 19, 2004
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EXPERTS have been brought in to help turn ancient bronze age copper workings in North Wales into a major tourist attraction.

Focus for the Copper Mountain project, which includes the old port of Amlwch in Anglesey, will be the historic Mynydd Parys mines and open cast sites. These played a major part in launching the industrial revolution in Britain and western Europe.

Now the mountain will be at the centre of a two-pronged bid to get visitors rolling in.

The Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust has taken on consultants Gifford and Partners to draw up a detailed conservation management plan. The brief is to outline a programme of repair and restoration.

Another company, Parkin Heritage and Tourism, will draw up a development study and business plan.

The two reports will form the basis for future bids for funding.

On July 27 a team from Gifford will be setting up a day-long surgery at Amlwch Town Hall to get local opinions.

Project archaeologist Babita Sharma said: "We hope to speak to people to understand how they feel about their unique heritage."
Jane Posted by Jane
20th July 2004ce

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