Visit to Six Bells
Talk | Six Bells
Thursday 11 October 2012 - 10:30
There was a television programme last year about the creation of a memorial to the miners killed in the Six Bells Colliery disaster in 1960. The well-known sculptor Sebastien Boyesen produced a statue of a miner, 40 feet high and made from over 20,000 slices of steel, which stands as if protectively above the village near Abertillery. At its erection it was dedicated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Prince Charles recently opened a new visitor centre there. Mr Boyesen has agreed to meet us on site and give us a morning talk on the conception and making of this hugely awe-inspiring and moving memorial. It promises to be a very special occasion.
Lunch will be at the nearby Llanhilleth chapel where we shall see stained glass windows in memory of the miners at the Llanhilleth colliery. Those attending will probably like to plan their own afternoon as Six Bells is close to the World Heritage Site of Blaenavon, which has a wealth of places to visit including the Blaenavon Ironworks, the setting for the television series Coal House, and the best-preserved 18th century ironworks in the world. There is the Community Heritage and Cordell Museum containing artefacts and historical records, with particular reference to the books of Alexander Cordell; the National Mining Museum at Big Pit with a surface museum and underground tours, and there is also the Heritage Railway, the highest standard-gauge railway in England and Wales with spectacular views of the industrial landscape.
This event has been organised by a local supporter group to help raise money for the Art Fund.