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Beautiful Slate

In numerous shades of purple, blue, brown, green, and grey, slate is everywhere in Wales! Welsh slate has been exported around the world for hundreds of years and is said to have “roofed the world”. This gallery focusses on the uses of slate for other purposes – fences, gravestones, cladding, decorative features – showing its versatility, function, and beauty beyond roofing.

Find out more about the history of Welsh Slate in our award-winning book, Welsh Slate: Archaeology and History of an Industry / Llechi Cymru: Archaeoleg a Hanes published to support the nomination of the Slate Landscape of North-West Wales for UNESCO World Heritage status.