ERIH UK Chapter Meeting, 14th February 2017

The iconic Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay was the venue for the ERIH UK 2017 Winter Meeting

The iconic Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay was the venue for the ERIH UK 2017 Winter Meeting on 14th February. This attractive, red brick building was built in 1897 as the offices of the Bute Docks Company and it became a prominent landmark within Cardiff Docks. The building was retained as part of the redevelopment and regeneration of the docks area and is now used by the National Assembly of Wales as a conference and exhibition venue.

Over 35 people attended the ERIH UK meeting, which was opened by Lynne Neagle who is the Assembly Member for Torfaen, which includes Big Pit at Blaenavon, an ERIH Anchor Point. This was followed by a fascinating presentation by Roy Noble, a well known TV and radio presenter and broadcaster from South Wales who has a passion for industrial heritage.

The programme for the morning session focused on “The effective use of former railways and canals as footpaths and cycle trails and their contribution to industrial heritage tourism” and included presentations about the Vennbahn cycle trail in Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg; cycle trails in South Wales; the work of the Canal and River Trust in looking after the UK’s canal heritage and finally the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal project.

After lunch, delegates were introduced to the Cornish Man Engine and plans to take it on tour in the UK in 2017 and mainland Europe in 2018. This was followed by a presentation about plans to organise a major, high profile event in the UK in 2020 which will involve the 9 UK industrial World Heritage Sites  and which has been inspired by Extraschicht in Germany and Industriada in Poland.

Jonathan Lloyd
ERIH Coordinator, UK and Ireland

Presentations of the meeting