The Amgueddfa Lechi Cymru (Welsh Slate Museum) is located in Llanberis and as the name suggests it’s a museum about slate… Welsh slate. Given my love of Welsh slate, this place feels like home. And in all honesty, you can’t blame me for feeling at home when I visit because these houses – the quarrymen cottages – were taken from my hometown.
Editing some photos for a blog post and now I know why going to @amgueddfalechi feels like home. I remember this row of houses in my village and I was there watching them being taken down brick by brick (or slate by slate) and painstakingly numbered and references for rebuilding at the National Slate Museum. And here they are, rebuilt in Llanberis #snowdonia
Entrance and Courtyard
As you walk in through the archway you’re reminded of how dangerous quarries were with framed Danger Notices and copies of the Workmen’s Compensation Acts.
In the courtyard that follows, there are a lot of old slateworks items such as trains and carts etc. Being a fan of Thomas the Tank, Little Miss of course absolutely loves the trains! We have a fantastic photo of her stood in one of the “troublesome trucks” (as she called it).
Along the sides of the Courtyard there are numerous rooms which hold different exhibitions. One exhibition currently there, is the World War Exhibition which details the impact of the War on Welsh mining communities.
In another is an exhibition and video about the life and times of a Welsh quarryman. And in that room there is also a number of aerial photos of the Welsh quarries including a scale model of the Blaenau Ffestiniog area. I stood there looking at it for quite some time and couldn’t quite place what was wrong with it. It was clearly Blaenau but it just wasn’t quite right to me.
Cafe and Playground
From there you walk through to another area beyond the courtyard where the cafe, play area and the quarrymen cottages are located. The cafe serves the usual foods and we had a nice soup and an afternoon tea (scone, clotted cream and jam).
The children’s playground is also located by the quarrymen cottages. Natural, Little Miss had a go at the slides. She has no fear!
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The Sound Of Slate
Not far from the playground and cafe is the big water wheel. We didn’t go to see that on this occasion but it is fully accessible with a pram or wheelchair (i.e. there’s a lift!). Instead we went to see “The Sound of Slate” installation by Jay Harrison. It was amazing!! Open this image fully to see the description or alternatively, have a peek at the short video that follows.
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Moving on from here, you walk through old workshops which house a plethora of old tools including a number of these sturdy vices.
In another room off the Courtyard you can find one of the little steam engines on display. I’m not sure if this one is used on the railway that goes by the Welsh Slate Museum.
As you can see, there is plenty to see at the Welsh Slate Museum. Be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter accounts to see about any upcoming events. Unfortunately The Sound of Slate has now finished otherwise I would definitely recommend it.
Opening Times and More Information
The Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm (10am to 4pm Nov-Easter) and is FREE entry.
I hope I’ve convinced you that you ought to visit the Welsh Slate Museum! I enjoyed our visit and hope to go back soon!
Have you ever been to the Welsh Slate Museum? What did you think?