Aims & Objectives
Metal Links will bring together communities from Ireland and Wales that share a common historical link through the exploitation of metal ore, with the core aims to:
- Develop and promote joint socially inclusive opportunities for sustainable regeneration of former metal-mining communities through tourism as well as creating local awareness and pride of place;
- Promote and encourage new cultural and educational links including exchanges and interaction based on mining, archaeology, geology and cultural heritage;
- Share new ways of telling the ‘story’ of the mining areas and hinterlands with the view towards a unique tourism product contributing towards economic regeneration.
Former mining water & wind power sites will be identified that have future community potential. Communities will be empowered to make use of innovative archaeological , historical & geological techniques that will increase the known archaeological resource & use pollen evidence that shows the carbon-sinks of peat bogs can extend the community story backwards over 6,000 years.
Pioneering e-trails, laser-scan surveys & interpretive animations feeding community narratives, are among the cultural tourism resources that will be made available on sustainable websites. A Celtic Quad tourism trail & sustainable enterprises will be maintained beyond the project.
These aims would be achieved through the following objectives and outputs:
- Visit the historical context of interaction between the mining communities;
- Promote cross-border initiatives in geological interpretation, archaeological survey and built heritage to use and promote assets through modern and sustainable digital techniques and the internet;
- Develop and demonstrate joint modern scientific investigative resources such as paleo-botanical and geochemical sampling of peat deposits to present an interpretation of local environmental histories;
- Evaluate historical water and wind power usage in these mining regions to explore opportunities for reusing existing potential for renewable assets;
- Ascertain how UNESCO status - Geopark and World Heritage can be attained to promote tourism and used to regenerate local communities;
- Improve the awareness of the mining landscapes though the development and promotion of loop trails following old mining tracks, roads, railways & watercourse systems to develop culture & adventure tourism;
- Establish links and cultural exchanges based on mining, archaeology, geology, commercial and cultural heritage;
Develop, implement and demonstrate best practice in presenting mining heritage - paperless information trails using ‘e-trails’.
|Partner||ERDF (€)||Total Project Budget (€)|
|Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales LP||519,767||693,052|
|Copper Coast Geopark||131,540||176,000|
|GeoMon - Anglesey Geopark||123,012||164,016|
|Wicklow County Council||86,106||119,739|
Counties in Ireland where the project is carried out:
Counties in Wales where the project is carried out:
Ceredigion, Conwy, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey
|Geraldine Delaney -||Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales, Plas Crug, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1NJ WALESemail@example.com|