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About the Cambrian Mines Trust

Gwybodaeth am Ymddiriedolaeth Mwynfeydd Cambria

Our Aims


The Cambrian Mines Trust was incorporated in March 2012 as a private company limited by guarantee with no share capital and its Objects of Association which run to about 25 pages have been drawn in compliance with Charity Commission guidelines for a Trust Company. Its main objective is to advance the education of the public by securing the preservation, restoration, improvement, enhancement and maintenance of features and objects of industrial, scientific, social and historical interest relating to the winning and working of minerals, slate and stone in Wales and the counties immediately adjoining. This means all mining remains both on surface and underground.  Our articles also cover provision of museums and visitor centres for the display of such features, and also the organisation of meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications and other forms of instruction relevant to all aspects of mining.

To this objective the Trust is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of such remains and has the power to reopen and recreate for the benefit of the public, mines, quarries, pits, levels, drives and drifts, both surface and underground associated features, and where appropriate to promote and set up museums, visitor centres and visual and aural aids in connection therewith.

In furtherance of this the Trust will be purchasing and acquiring both land and mineral rights as well as acting as an access controlling body.

As can be seen from the above, the objectives of the trust are “for the benefit of the people” and to this end and subject to any constraints imposed by statutory designations, the trust has the power to preserve, restore etc both surface and underground features which can also include the reopening of levels etc as is written into our Articles of Association. In this context Cambrian Mines Trust may well be unique.

Ein Hamcanion

Ymgorfforwyd Ymddiriedolaeth Mwynfeydd Cambria ym mis Mawrth 2012 fel cwmni preifat cyfyngedig trwy warant heb gyfalaf cyfranddaliadau. Mae'r 'Objects of Association' yn rhedeg i dua 25 tudalen, ac wedi eu llunio mewn cydymffurfiaeth â chanllawiau'r Comisiwn Elusennau ar gyfer Cwmni Ymddiriedolaeth. Ei brif amcan yw hyrwyddo addysg y cyhoedd drwy sicrhau gwelliannau, cadwraeth, adfer, cynnal a chadw at strwythurau a safleoedd o ddiddordeb diwydiannol, gwyddonol, cymdeithasol a hanesyddol sy'n ymwneud â chloddio am fwynau, llechi a cherrig yng Nghymru a siroedd cyfagos.

Mae hyn yn cynnwys olion o'r diwydiant ar yr wyneb yn ogystal ag o dan y ddaear. Mae ein herthyglau hefyd yn cynnwys darparu amgueddfeydd a chanolfannau ymwelwyr ar gyfer arddangos nodweddion o'r fath, a hefyd trefnu cyfarfodydd, arddangosfeydd, darlithoedd, cyhoeddiadau a ffurfiau eraill o gyfarwyddyd sy'n berthnasol i bob agwedd o fwyngloddio.

I'r amcan hwn mae'r Ymddiriedolaeth yn ymroddedig at gadw ac adfer olion o'r fath, ac mae ganddo'r gallu i ailagor ac ail-greu'r mwyngloddiau, chwareli, siafftiau, lefelau, a'r drifftiau er budd y cyhoedd. Caiff yr un peth ei ddweud am y nodweddion cysylltiedig ar yr wyneb, i hyrwyddo a sefydlu amgueddfeydd, canolfannau ymwelwyr a chymhorthion gweledol a chlywedol mewn cysylltiad â'r diwydiant.

Er mwyn hyrwyddo hyn bydd yr Ymddiriedolaeth yn prynu a chaffael hawliau tir a mwynau yn ogystal â gweithredu fel corff rheoli mynediad.

Fel y gwelir o'r uchod, mae amcanion yr Ymddiriedolaeth 'er budd y bobl', ac i'r perwyl hwn ac yn amodol ar unrhyw gyfyngiadau a osodwyd gan ddynodiadau statudol, mae gan yr Ymddiriedolaeth y pŵer i ddiogelu ac adfer nodweddion ar yr wyneb ac o dan ddaear, a all hefyd gynnwys ailagor lefelau ac ati fel y dywed ein 'Articles of Association'. Yn y cyd-destun hwn, mae'n bosib bod Ymddiriedolaeth Mwynfeydd Cambria yn unigryw.



Our Board of Directors

As a charitable trust our directors are not legally allowed to draw any benefit for the work that they do running the trust.


Ein Cyfarwyddwyr

Fel ymddiriedolaeth elusennol, nid oes hawl gan ein cyfarwyddwyr gael unrhyw fudd-daliadau am eu gwaith ar rhan yr ymddiriedolaeth.




Managing Director and Secretary: Roy Fellows

A long time mine explorer I have always viewed the deterioration and loss of our historic mining heritage with dismay, likewise the loss of underground access. I believe that one has to fight this at every level, I also believe that preservation is as important underground as at surface. My perception of the Trust, of which I was the founder, is that it will provide a suitable vehicle to achieve these aims long after I have passed on.



Director and Chairman: Prof David James

David James is a sedimentary geologist and former geophysicist who followed an international professional career  in oil and gas exploration and research. A graduate of Oxford and the University of Wales, Swansea and a Chartered Geologist, he is now retired from salaried employment but is an Honorary Visiting Professor at Cardiff University specialising in basin analysis, fluid flow and seismic interpretation. He has served on the Council of the Geological Society of London and is a trustee of the Cambridge Arctic Shelf Programme. He lives much of year in Ceredigion where he has long-standing research  interests in the sedimentology and mining geology of Central Wales on which has published extensively, including the first modern geological evaluation of the Cwmystwyth Mines.


Director and Deputy Chair: Hugh Ratzer

Hugh Ratzer, now retired, has a lifelong active interest in mines, mining and archaeology including exploration and prospecting in Wales, England, Ireland, Germany and Alaska. He has been active in many local projects and has firmly supported the aims of the trust from the outset as a local resident.



Director: Dr Simon Timberlake

Dr Timberlake is as archaeologist and Excavations Director of the Early Mines Research Group and Editor of Archaeology in Wales. He has 30 years experience of excavation, field survey and geo-archaeological research at sites of early mining. His work has been in mid-Wales, principally at Cwmystwyth (1986-2003) but also at Alderley Edge in Cheshire (Chief Surveyor: Alderley Edge Landscape Project 1997-1999) and Ecton in Staffordshire (English Heritage funded 2008-2012). He has worked at Bangor, Manchester and Coventry Universities on early mining-related research projects funded by the Leverhulme Trust. He has an interest in experimental archaeology and the reconstruction of prehistoric mining processes, together with the smelting of copper, tin and lead using primitive furnaces, and has published (either singly or jointly) more than 40 papers and two books on early mining related subjects.


Director: Ioan Lord

Ioan is a local mine historian and consultant who specialises in the central Wales orefield. He is an author on local mining, social and industrial history and works on the Vale of Rheidol Railway in Aberystwyth. He offers guided tours of local mines and curates the museum exhibitions at the Corris Railway Museum and Llywernog Silver-lead Mine.”



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Registered Office: Green Gables. Stafford Road, Great Wyrley. Walsall. WS6 6AX