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Welsh quarrying supported with £18.8m million funding

The impact of new funding has been revealed after the UK Government visited Gwynedd’s World Heritage National Slate Museum in Wales.

Wales Office Minister Dr James Davies visited the National Slate Museum in Gwynedd to see how the £18.8m ($32m AUD) would revitalise the National Slate Museum.

According to a government release, the renovated museum will help tourists and locals explore the area’s rich history in slate production.

“It was fantastic to see first-hand the extremely exciting plans for the Slate Museum and its surroundings, building on the World Heritage status the area has deservedly been awarded,” Davies said.

“These investments in Gwynedd will regenerate local communities and bring jobs, growth and opportunity for the people who live there.”

Councillor Nia Jeffreys said the area enjoyed a special connection to quarrying, which was entwined with the area.

“The slate-producing communities are of great historical, cultural and industrial significance, and we look forward to seeing the various plans we have within this scheme flourish,” she said.

“Many local families will have ancestors who worked either in the quarries of Eryri or connected industries, and we are proud that their Welsh-speaking, working-class legacy will be protected, promoted and celebrated thanks to the UNESCO World Heritage status.”

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