Aug 2020 Talk: Mining in North Wales, Rob Vernon


Event Details


Metal Mining in North Wales, a talk by Rob Vernon

To WGCG Members, Friends and Guests,
We are pleased to have another talk via Zoom on Wed 19 Aug at 7.15 for a prompt 7:30 pm start.
Gilfach Copper mine - Caernarfonshire 1989

Gilfach Copper mine – Caernarfonshire 1989

Rob Vernon will begin with an introduction to the geology of the area before discussing the most important minerals worked (copper, lead, gold, slate, coal and a few “miscellanea”). He will then take us on a round trip of the various mining districts, including perhaps the best known copper mine in Wales  (at Parys Mountain on Anglesey), as well as the Parc lead and zinc mine at Aberconwy and the Gilfach copper mine in Caernarvonshire, among many others. 

Rob worked for 24 years in the U.K. Coal Mining Industry (deep mines) before embarking on research in archaeological prospection at Bradford University, where he presented his doctoral thesis on British Sites of Smelting. Since then he has written extensively on Mining History, especially of Wales and the Iberian Peninsula, and is currently investigating the history of British Mining Technology introduced into Japan during the Meiji Restoration.

Rob will be known to some WGCG members as the leader of a walk around the Bredon Hill outlier, near his home, as part of last summer’s field programme.

Parys Mountain Copper Mine - Anglesey 2008

Parys Mountain Copper Mine – Anglesey 2008

Parc Mine - Lead and Zinc - Aberconwy 1969

Parc Mine – Lead and Zinc – Aberconwy 1969


Zoom Talk

You are invited to a Zoom meeting: 19 Aug 20
Talk starts promptly at 7:30 pm
You can join the meeting from 7:15 pm i.e., up to 15 minutes beforehand.

Please Register in advance, ASAP, with this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwudOCvqDkvGtEXfjvdKvFrlgO90U308Nm7

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting with a link to be used on the night.

Queries and Enquiries to: warwickshiregcg@gmail.com