+ Subscribe A new report has revealed ambitious plans to create an industrial heritage tourism centre in Merthyr Tydfil. The proposed project, which would cost at least £50m, is planned to be a celebration of the industrial history of south Wales and in particular its place as the world’s largest producer of iron in the 19th century. The report from Design Commission for Wales believes the town’s place as a ‘crucible of the industrial revolution’ could be used to attract tourists from around the world. The report’s authors believe Merthyr can replicate the successes of Titanic Belfast and the Eden project in Cornwall. Their plan would bring together other local heritage landmarks, including furnaces and the viaduct spanning the River Taff.  A centre-piece would be regenerating Cyfarthfa Castle, built for the Crawshay family, who were ironmasters in the 19th Century. The Welsh Government’s cabinet secretary for local government and public services, Alun Davies … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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