A thought invoking blog by Marged Pendrel for Merched Chwarel.
Walking the National Park Boundary around the quarry town of Blaenau Ffestiniog for a previous project ’ Ail Wneud/Ail Ddyfeisio – Re Take /Re Invent’ left me thinking of other boundaries that exist in this quarry landscape, in particular the gender boundaries.
What role, if any, did women have within the context of these slate quarries?
Our group, Merched Chwarel had similar questions and so a R&D phase of our enquiry began.
My research brought to light Kate Griffiths who, in 1909 both instigated the setting up, running and teaching of 23 children in a remote quarry school in Rhiw Bach village quarry.
Rhiw Bach School
She is the only woman mentioned in the quarry history of Bleanau Ffestiniog and I became curious. Her journey to and from Rhiw Bach (one of the remotest of the Blaenau quarries) during the spring and summer months, was where I invited Merched Chwarel…
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