Chevening scholars discover Welsh Black Gold

March 20, 2017

Wales is famous for its coal mining history, particularly in the South Wales valleys which some say produced the best quality coal in the world. Coal mining also played a significant part in the first recorded million pound cheque being written at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff.

On Friday 17th March, some of our Chevening scholars visited Rhondda Heritage Park, formerly a working coal mine near our Pontypridd campus. There, they learned about the treacherous working conditions and one of the tour guides, Graham (a former coal miner!), gave a tour of a mine so they could see first-hand just how difficult coal mining was.

The tour ended in the recently opened Italian/Welsh Bracchi cafe where they hid from the Welsh rain with coffee and cake!

Our thanks to Rhondda Heritage Park – we highly recommend a visit!