Roofing the 19th century world: how a Welsh slate region has gained global recognition

North-west Wales' slate landscape has been granted World Heritage Site status. Ruth Amundson looks at how the area became world renowned, not just as an exporter of an important building material but also for its technology and skills

by Ruth Amundson
Dinorwig quarry: one of six areas recognised. Photograph: Gwynedd Archaeological trust
Dinorwig quarry: one of six areas recognised. Photograph: Gwynedd Archaeological trust

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