Heritage Trust

Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust

Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust

The Copper Kingdom is operated by Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust a Charity limited by guarantee.

The Trust’s aim is to conserve the industrial and natural landscapes of Mynydd Parys, Dyffryn Adda and Porth Amlwch, whilst recognising the legal rights and reasonable expectations of the landowners and occupiers.

Aims and objectives of the Trust

• To consolidate or restore historical features and sites
• To promote knowledge and understanding of local industrial, social and natural history through the fostering of scientific and historical research, and the dissemination of knowledge so gained through the publication of learned papers, etc..
• To provide a forum in which all of those having an interest in the designated sites may express their views concerning their management, development and conservation.
• To develop sites to the benefit of the local community and to nurture pride in its industrial heritage.
• To encourage community participation in the work of the Trust, and to facilitate public access to, and enjoyment of, the designated sites.
• To seek funding towards the realisation of the Trust’s aims and objectives.

The Trust is always interested in hearing from people who would like to join us in preserving the industrial heritage of the Amlwch area.

If you would like to help please CONTACT US.


Patrons of Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust

Huw Edwards
Ieuan Wyn Jones
Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead, FRSA
Siân Lloyd


Management of Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust

The governing body comprises a voluntary board of eight trustee directors who bring experience and academic knowledge of the area, its history and geology, as well as local knowledge and experience in running both commercial and social businesses.

The centres and associated activities are managed on a day-to-day basis by a full-time manager, who is supported by a team of seasonal staff between March and October, being the period when the interpretation centres are mainly open to the public.

The café within the Sail Loft is leased to a local business person, who focuses on the delivery of locally-sourced ingredients where possible, and enhances the visitor experience by the provision of good quality refreshments and excellent customer service.

Trustee Directors

Michael R Williams (Chair) (BA (Hons) Banking and Finance)

Mike currently delivers a project supporting the creation and development of growth social enterprises and co-operatives in North Wales for The Wales Co-operative Centre. He was previously a career banker with HSBC, being an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and having an honours degree in Banking and Finance. Mike chaired a social enterprise in Llanddaniel Fab, Anglesey, for 18 years and is a former chair of the PTA in Llanfairpwll as well as a former governor of Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones in Amlwch. He was a community councillor for 10 years in Llanddaniel Fab, serving two years as chair. Mike was born and bred in Amlwch, his interest in the industrial history of Parys Mountain developing from the time he spent exploring the mountain in his youth.

Prof. R. Gareth Wyn Jones, BSc., DPhil, DSc, FRSA, FRIC, FIBiol

Research interests in plant nutrition and stress resistance, including heavy metal tolerance. Established, and was Director of, the Centre for Arid Zone Studies, UW Bangor (1984-91), Deputy Chief Executive of CCW (1991-95) and Chairman of ODA Plant Sciences Research Programme (1992-95). Chairman of Coed Cymru (1997-99), Vice Chairman of Rural Forum Wales (1998-), member of NT Nature Conservation Panel (2000-). Honorary member of Yr Orsedd and Board member of the Prince of Wales Trust-Bro On the editorial board of 4 science journals and a consultant on plant nutrition and rural development to numerous bodies, particularly in semi-arid areas in Africa and Asia.

David A. Jenkins, BA. (Geology, Cantab.); PhD (Soil Science, Wales)

Senior Lecturer in Soil Science (mineralogy, geochemistry, pedology) at the University of Wales, Bangor; recently retired and a Senior Fellow at the University. Continuing research in soil mineralogy, geochemistry and micromorphology, and in archaeological science with a particular interest in prehistoric mining. Chairman of the Early Mines Research Group (1990-2) and past Chairman (1992-97) and Trustee (1990-) of the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust. Chairman of the Parys Underground Group

David Wagstaff

Past director of an Engineering Company and proprietor of an engineering business concerned with the manufacture of special purpose machinery for the textile and chemical industries. Part time Patrol Ranger in the Peak District National Park following a course in training by the Peak Park Ranger Service. Holder of the British Mountain Leadership Certificate. Organiser of the Trust’s volunteer warden service. Currently a blue badge Tourist Guide in North Wales and professional tourist guide. Member of the Parys Underground Group

Anne Harris

Anne Harris works in tourism as a tourist guide for Wales. She has been interested in the local history and folklore for many years, with her interest in the Parys Mines developing while exploring the area as a child. She began her working life as a health-care professional, being a qualified nurse and midwife. During a career break for child-rearing she studied for an Open University degree in Psychology and qualified as a teacher at the University of Wales, Bangor before returning to paid employment at Ysgol David Hughes, Menai Bridge, where she has taught I.T. and Health and Social Care. Anne is also employed by the Welsh Joint Exam Board, where she is Principal Moderator for Health and Social Care. Anne has a great interest in local history and folklore, fostered by exploring the area as a child, and is a qualified Blue Badge tourist for Wales. She is a past chair of the Parys Underground Group, the exploration group involved with the Parys Mountain Mines.

Neil Summers BSc, MA, CChem, MBCS, MCITP

Neil Summers worked as a Chartered Chemist and Chemical Engineer for 25 years before changing to a career in IT. He is now ICT Technical Manager for a local organisation. He is also Director of a local computer services company. He has held various roles with AIHT and Parys underground group for the last 14 years.

Dr David Roberts

David Roberts was Registrar of Bangor University from 1999 to 2014, and previously served as Academic Registrar and in other managerial positions during over 35 years’ service in the University. A historian by training, he has written widely on 19th and 20th century Welsh and British History. A former governor of Coleg Llandrillo, he is also Vice-Chair of Careers Wales, and a Trustee of Ensemble Cymru and of the William Mathias (Music) Schools Service.

Peter Williams

Peter Williams was born in Bangor, and has lived in Porth Amlwch all his life. He is a keen artist, who works with oil, watercolours, and pen and ink, and is also highly skilled in carpentry, rope rigging, weaving with willow and model-making/repairing. He worked in a voluntary capacity for the Copper Kingdom and the Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust (including carrying out general maintenance work) before becoming a Trustee. He has also given local history lectures to various groups. He is Chair of the ‘Friends of the Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust’, and of the Amlwch Port Community Centre. He is also Secretary of the Amlwch Port Boat Club.


Additional online resources

Amlwch Industrial History
Parys Mountain
Local Family History


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