Historical information wanted by Dyfed Archaeological Trust

exciting new partnership named ‘CALCH’ – the Welsh word for lime – is asking
people to contribute information, stories and memories about Herbert’s Quarry
at an Open Day which is being held at the Dyfed Archaeological Trust at the
Shire Hall, Llandeilo on Thursday 12th April from 10am to 4pm.


Open Day will also give people an opportunity to discover the resources held at
the Dyfed Archaeological Trust, as well as share historical and research information
to those who have an interest in the area and would like to learn more about
the project.


aims to record, converse and celebrate the lime industry by bringing together
volunteers, communities and specialists to repair the remains of the lime industry
at Herbert’s Quarry on the Black Mountain, and to encourage visitors to the
site to learn more about the industrial heritage, social history, natural
history and geology of the area. 


£36,300 of funding support from the Bannau Brycheiniog Trust, the first phase of
the three year project aims to support many different events, activities and
repair works taking place. 


Quarry has been under the ownership of Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority
for more than twenty years and although the history of the site dates back to
the 18th Century it is believed to having earlier origins dating as
far back as the 13th Century. 


Judith Harvey, Warden
Manager for Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority said:  “We are thrilled
that this project is going to help increase the recognition of the important
industrial heritage of the quarries and lime kilns on the Black Mountain. 
With the help of our local communities we hope to conserve the site and explain
its importance to visitors to this wonderful area.  It’s very timely to
undertake this programme of conservation work so that we can ensure the long
term future of the industrial remains.  By improving access, safety and
on-site heritage interpretation, the educational, and tourism potential this fascinating
site might become an even more important asset to local communities.”


Duncan Schlee, CALCH
Project Manager for Dyfed Archaeological Trust added:  “The start of the
project has been met with huge enthusiasm in local communities. CALCH is a
great opportunity for people of all ages to have fun discovering their
industrial heritage and learning new skills. I am really excited about what
CALCH can achieve for local people and the future of Herbert’s Quarry.  We
are asking volunteers to help us get involved with the project and let us know
their memories of the site.”


Cllr Huw Morgan,
Member for Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority and local farmer on the Black
Mountain said:  “We’re very excited about the community work that CALCH
will be undertaking in the Black Mountain area which should prove to be a
valuable resource.  We’re really keen for as many members of the local
community – past and present, young and old – to get involved in the Open Day
and help us build a picture of Herbert’s Quarry over its age-old history.”


The Open Day will be
held at the Dyfed Archaeological Trust at the Shire Hall, Carmarthen Street,
Llandeilo SA19 6AF on Thursday 12th April from 10am to 4pm. 
For further information please contact Menna Bell on 01558 825 997.