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Here are short audio clips of stories told firsthand by people who have lived with and worked in the slate quarries.

Track 1: Culture and interests amongst the quarrymen

Track 2: Difficult working conditions

Track 3: The Dust

Track 4: Working the quarry

Track 5: The Lunch Tin

Track 6: Fun as children

We are indebted to the following for being so ready to share their memories:

Dafydd Wyn Evans – Deiniolen


Dafydd Wyn Williams – Talysarn


Maureen Rhys – from Cwm y Glo


Pat Hamilton – Bethesda


Barry Roberts - Bethesda


Sian Turner – Myndd Llandygai


Paul Rowlinson – Bethesda


Marion Thomas – Penmachno


Olwen - Penmachno


Iorwerth Roberts – from Penmachno


Pat Thomas – Deiniolen


Cedric Williams – from Rhosgadfan


Cerwyn Price – Y Fron


Elizabeth Foster and Mona Parry – Deiniolen

This was an intergenerational project and we are grateful to the staff and pupils of the following schools and organisations for helping to run the ‘Stuff and Story sharing’ sessions in their schools and centres:


Ysgol Llanllechid,


Ysgol Waun Gynfi,


Ysgol Y Groeslon,


Ysgol Maenofferen,


Ysgol Penmachno,


Canolfan y Fron.

Many thanks also to Gaenor Elis-Williams, Raymond Griffiths and Aled Owen for voicing the English translations.

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