Merthyr Tydfil Industrial Heritage Charrette

Date: 21st October 2017

Time: 9.30am-9pm

Venue: Cyfarthfa Castle

9.30am start, closing with dinner and drinks at 7.30pm

Merthyr’s place in the history of Wales and the industrial revolution is clear, but despite the real progress that is now under way at Cyfarthfa, the town’s rich store of heritage assets has yet to achieve the coherence and national impact that it deserves. With bold vision those assets could yet stamp themselves on public consciousness in a way that befits the capital of the heads of the valleys – a place of regional, national and international significance.

The development of the City Region in south-east Wales presents Merthyr with a golden opportunity to use those heritage assets to carve out a place for itself as a destination comparable with similar places in Europe – an anchor site on the European Routes of Industrial Heritage – as well as a major contribution to a city region better balanced between its coast and hinterland.  With funding, there is potential to make a real impact through a creative and integrated approach to celebrating Merthyr’s industrial heritage.

The Design Commission for Wales and the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University are convening a multi-disciplinary team to scope the possibilities within the town and surrounding landscape in a bold visioning exercise that will seek ways of making of Merthyr’s heritage assets something greater than the sum of its parts.  The one-day charrette will be supported by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (MTCBC), Merthyr Leisure Trust and Merthyr Heritage Trust.  The event has been made possible thanks to funding from MTCBC and support from Design Circle RSAW South.

The charrette – an intense day of ideas generation – sets the challenge of considering how Cyfarthfa Castle and its extended landscape and built heritage might become a world class visitor destination and experience and promote the strong sense of place that is already palpable there.  It will also consider new ways in which these central assets could be connected to others throughout the town and beyond.

The event will be held at Cyfarthfa Caste and will bring together up to 60 creative minds – architects, landscape architects, planners, heritage specialists, museum and tourism experts and artists – in appraising the potential around Cyfarthfa and in the wider town and landscape, in order to sketch possible visions of the future.  An integrated multi-disciplinary approach is advocated.

Registration – Register your place via Eventbrite.  A £5 registration fee will be donated to Merthyr Leisure Trust’s Community Fund.

The event is open to all creative, interested individuals including architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, curators, branding and design consultants.  Contact DCFW for more information 029 20451964 connect@dcfw.org

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