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Investment by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
While Merthyr Tydfil is understandably characterised by its major contribution to the Industrial Revolution (first Iron making and then Coal mining) the county borough is two thirds rural and peppered with remains from Neolithic, Roman, and Middle Ages.
Today there is an interest in restoring, preserving and interpreting the complete Merthyr Tydfil story.
In order to achieve this there is a need to provide a facility to train different client groups in skills, crafts and interpretation that meet modern needs.
The Rural Heritage Centre will help meet that need as a flexible environment for workshops, teaching and meetings.
In addition to the excellent opportunities for artisanship and learning the centre is situated in Cyfarthfa Park which is recognised as one of the most frequented free attraction in Wales.
The centre will be born out of a restoration project that will repurpose a large Victorian bothy – the combination of old and new promising to be a striking addition to Merthyr Tydfil’s continuing regeneration.
Furthermore, through the building’s prime placement, modern adaptable interior and clear purpose Merthyr Tydfil CBC will encourage the involvement, and significant financial leverage, of an excellent organisation to drive the concept forward.