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0-6-0ST "Mech Nav" at work on the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway - Date unknown Photographer unknown.
20 July 2015
Blaenavon World Heritage Site
Gets Thousands in Grant Funding

Two industrial monuments within the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site have been awarded £4,420 of Welsh Government funding to restore and protect them for future generations.
The Powder House, part of the Big Pit Museum, will receive £720 to enable a third sector group to commission a structural survey as part of work to make the monument safe to allow access for visitors.
The remains of the brake engine on the Hill Pits tram road incline has been awarded £3,700 to carry out erosion repairs.
The engine, which is on the Iron Mountain walking trail, was part of the operation of a counterbalanced tram road incline that carried coal from Hill's Pits to the Blaenavon Ironworks.
The tram road operated from the 1840s and is one of many surviving structural remains that help to illustrate the complex industrial operations that supported the running of the ironworks.
The funding is part of a total of £287,000 awarded across Wales.
Many of Wales' ancient monuments are on privately owned land.
These grants provide an incentive for landowners and occupiers to carry out repair work that may otherwise be left ignored, resulting in the loss of important parts of our heritage which help tell the story of our past.
The Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport, and Tourism, Ken Skates, said, "All over Wales our landscape is scattered with ancient monuments which shape our communities and tell the story of our past. Without the right protection and management these precious monuments could be lost forever. I recently introduced the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill which will legislate to better care and protect our important historic buildings and monuments. I am pleased that through these grants we are already supporting conservation projects across Wales which will lead the way in protecting our past for the Wales of tomorrow. The monuments benefitting from these grants are accessible to the public and I would encourage everyone to visit them."
Jen Mills.

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