Celtic Copper Project
What is the Celtic Copper Heritage project?
A European joint project between Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust and Eastern Regional Fisheries Board funded Interreg IIIA. The project aims are to capitalise on the copper mining heritage of Avoca, County Wicklow in Ireland, and Amlwch on Anglesey in north West Wales. The aim is to generate positive social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts in both areas by preserving, restoring and interpreting the many aspects of these mining communities.
Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust and the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board are working jointly, focusing on the following areas -
Tourism - Raising the profiles as visitor destinations to establish the economic sustainability of both Avoca and Amlwch mining heritage attractions. The main focus is to attract tourists to the area via distribution of leaflets, tourist events, signposting, guided walks, and public relations activity.
Environmental research – financed under the Celtic Copper Heritage project, Environment Agency Wales is working in collaboration with Unipure, a Welsh private sector company, to monitor, control and treat mine water runoff from Parys mountain near Amlwch. The knowledge obtained could be transferred and applied to other mining areas.
Education – Encouraging schools, colleges and Universities to use the educational resources available on the website , online discussion forums and to visit the mining areas. General Teaching Council of Wales (GTCW) are working in conjunction with the National Museum of Wales to raise awareness of the Parys Mountain Mining History amongst primary and secondary school teachers. The facilitation of student exchange visits between the 2 sites is also anticipated.
Heritage conservation –conserve the historically important precipitation ponds, survey, select, remove and conserve as necessary in preparation to be used as demonstration ponds for education and tourism purposes.