The National Slate Museum is sited in the Victorian workshops built in the shadow of Elidir mountain, site of the vast Dinorwig quarry. Here you can travel into the past of an industry and a way of life that has chiselled itself into the very being of this country. The workshops and buildings are designed as though quarrymen and engineers have just put down their tools and left the courtyard for home, while an array of talks and demonstrations including slate-splitting give you a real insight into quarry life. This proved very popular with the children and especially Mrs Bartholomew who received a slate love heart. The museum also recaptures significant periods from the slate industry with a row of quarrymen’s houses on the museum site.
After visiting the Slate Museum, we then took a small journey up to the Miners Track to have lunch and talk a walk up part of Snowdon. This was a perfect follow up to the information gained from both the class novel and within the Museum as it it gave a flavour for the walk miners did everyday.
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