Metal Links: Forging Communities Together (Metal Links)
Metal Links: Forging Communities Together
Start date: Mar 31, 2011,
End date: Mar 30, 2014
Metal Links will bring together communities from Ireland and Wales that share a common historical link through the exploitation of metal ore, with the core aims to: • Develop and promote joint socially inclusive opportunities for sustainable regeneration of former metal-mining communities through tourism as well as creating local awareness and pride of place;• Promote and encourage new cultural and educational links including exchanges and interaction based on mining, archaeology, geology and cultural heritage;• Share new ways of telling the story of the mining areas and hinterlands with the view towards a unique tourism product contributing towards economic regeneration. Former mining water & wind power sites will be identified that have future community potential. Communities will be empowered to make use of innovative archaeological , historical & geological techniques that will increase the known archaeological resource & use pollen evidence that shows the carbon-sinks of peat bogs can extend the community story backwards over 6,000 years. Pioneering e-trails, laser-scan surveys & interpretive animations feeding community narratives, are among the cultural tourism resources that will be made available on sustainable websites. A Celtic Quad tourism trail & sustainable enterprises will be maintained beyond the project. These aims would be achieved through the following objectives and outputs: • Visit the historical context of interaction between the mining communities; • Promote cross-border initiatives in geological interpretation, archaeological survey and built heritage to use and promote assets through modern and sustainable digital techniques and the internet;• Develop and demonstrate joint modern scientific investigative resources such as paleo-botanical and geochemical sampling of peat deposits to present an interpretation of local environmental histories;• Evaluate historical water and wind power usage in these mining regions to explore opportunities for reusing existing potential for renewable assets;• Ascertain how UNESCO status - Geopark and World Heritage can be attained to promote tourism and used to regenerate local communities; • Improve the awareness of the mining landscapes though the development and promotion of loop trails following old mining tracks, roads, railways & watercourse systems to develop culture & adventure tourism;• Establish links and cultural exchanges based on mining, archaeology, geology, commercial and cultural heritage;• Develop, implement and demonstrate best practice in presenting mining heritage - paperless information trails using e-trails.
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