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Man Engine comes to Blaenavon

Built in celebration of Britain’s rich industrial history, the Man Engine is a 12m tall mechanical miner puppet which visited Cornwall during the summer of 2016.

The colossal tin miner, steamed the length of the Cornish Mining landscape, with nearly one-in-three of the entire population of Cornwall pouring into bustling town centres, onto remote cliff-tops and around iconic engine houses to greet him. There was singing, dancing and a huge outpouring of communal pride…

Following this success, the Man Engine is set to embark on a 2018 tour of the UK, all with the aim of connecting people with Britain’s proud mining heritage — and what better place to do it than in south Wales?

A successful bid to host the monumental puppet at seven industrial heritage locations in five south Wales sites, including Blaenavon, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd and Swansea, was completed in May 2017.

The project sees a collaboration form across the cultural sector in Wales, with Swansea University working in partnership with the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw), National Museums Wales, five local authorities (Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr, Rhondda and Swansea), Head 4 Arts and Golden Tree Productions.

The seven specific sites are: Big Pit, Blaenavon Ironworks, somewhere in Blaenau Gwent (TBC – hopefully the Guardian Memorial in Abertillery), Cyfarthfa Park in Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd Town Centre, National Waterfront Museum Swansea and Hafod-Morfa Copperworks Swansea.

Cadw, through Ffion Reynolds will manage with relationship between the partnership and Equinox Communications, who will lead on the PR for the Man Engine 2018.

Posted on: Friday 9th March 2018