Tickets have today (24 January 2018) gone on sale for people eager to see ‘Man Engine Cymru’ at Cyfarthfa Park and Castle, Merthyr Tydfil this spring.
The giant mechanical puppet - the largest ever built in Britain – will arrive at the grand former home of Ironmaster William Crawshay II and his family on April 10th as part of a week celebrating the legacy of Wales’s historic mining communities.
The 11.2m tall, 40 tonne construction, which resembles a giant miner, is visiting eight of South Wales’s most important industrial heritage locations.
The Cyfarthfa Park event promises to be a spectacular and unique occasion when visitors will get to see Man Engine meet fellow giants of the Industrial age Richard Trevithick and Crawshay.
A great range of entertainment will be on offer for all the family including Victorian and modern fun fair rides, theatrical shows, live music and storytelling.
There will also be a rare opportunity to see a historical Trevithick Penydarren Locomotive exhibition at the Castle for one-day only, along with Penydarren Locomotive themed craft workshops.
The event is being organised by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council in partnership with Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, and early-bird tickets cost £3 for adults and £2.50 for children, including free entry to the museum.
The Merthyr Tydfil visit is part of a tour of Wales entitled Man Engine Cymru: forging a nation, arranged by a partnership of Swansea University, Welsh Government historic environment service Cadw, Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, five local authorities, community arts organisation Head 4 Arts and film and events company Golden Tree Productions.
The partners organised a successful bid to host the monumental puppet in South Wales, receiving £135,000 from Visit Wales, and a further £25,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, all with the aim of prompting further nationwide dialogue around the legacy of Wales’s historic mining communities. The Cyfarthfa Park event will also receive support from the Ffos-y-Fran Intermediate Fund.
“Merthyr Tydfil was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, and coal was mined here before anywhere else in Wales,” said County Borough Council Cabinet member for Regeneration and Public Protection Cllr Geraint Thomas.
“Local legend has it that coal was actually first discovered by the Romans on mountainside above Upper Colliers’ Row, Heolgerrig. But it was first sold commercially in 1828 by Robert Thomas, who had opened a level at Waunwyllt, near Abercanaid. The Lucy Thomas Fountain in the town centre was built in memory of his widow, who carried on the business after his death.”
Cllr Thomas said that as a former miner from a mining family, he was delighted about The Man Engine project coming to Merthyr Tydfil. “This is just one of many exciting events happening here this year, but it is definitely the highlight,” he added.
Tickets are available from Ticketsource https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/manengine
People without access to a computer can have their Man Engine Cymru tickets printed out by reception staff at Cyfarthfa Museum and libraries throughout the county borough, with the exception of The Hub at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre. There will be a charge for printing of 5p for black and white printing on A4 and 40p for colour printing on A4.