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Slate Industry collections

Curator : Cadi Iolen BA, MA

Gilfach Ddu workshops, now the National Slate Museum
Gilfach Ddu workshops, now the National Slate Museum
Quarrymen splitting and dressing slate at Dinorwig, 1921
Quarrymen splitting and dressing slate at Dinorwig, 1921

The National Slate Museum is located at Gilfach Ddu - Dinorwig Quarry’s former repair and maintenance workshops. These workshops catered for all the repair and maintenance work demanded by the quarry, everything from repairing steam engines to building wagons to carry slates. As a result it would appear that the Slate Museum’s collection is dominated by large machinery, but there is much more to the collection of over 8,000 objects, documents and photographs.

The National Slate Museum’s collection can be divided into three separate categories: