Year one Geography students have been exploring industrial change in the South Wales Valleys and the Cardiff area; first stop on a whistle stop tour of South Wales was the Big Pit a fully working underground coal mine up until 1980. Students kitted out in hard hats and miners lamps descended 90 metres underground to hear from ex-miners about the conditions miners used to have to work in and explore the underground mines.
Next stop was Ebbw Vale once home to a steel works and since its closure in 2001 it has gone through a period of decline and re-birth, students collected fieldwork data to assess the town of Ebbw Vale and to look at the impacts that deindustrialisation has had on the town.
Last stop was the Capital of Wales, Cardiff to look at the new St David’s Centre extension and Queen’s Street to look at Cardiff’s retail provision.
All of these experiences will aid these students in understanding more about economic change as part of their first year module on Changing Places.
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