The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum (NGRM) is located in Tywyn, Gwynedd, on the southern edge of Snowdonia, at the terminus of the Talyllyn Railway, which was built to serve the slate quarry of Bryn Eglwys and the quarry village of Abergynolwyn. Gwynedd now has World Heritage Site status for the Slate Landscape of North Wales, recognising the unique social, industrial and environmental qualities of Snowdonia.
Celebrating this landscape the NGRM is hosting a new multi-media exhibition by the North Wales based artist Carwyn Rhys Jones that gives us a window into the lives of five quarrymen who worked in the slate quarries of Snowdonia. Giant monochrome portraits surround the central stairwell of the museum, each man’s face visually superimposed upon their quarry workplaces; faces of hard working men who, with their forebears, formed the landscape of Snowdonia we see today. On a screen surrounded by railway relics of the Dinorwic and Penrhyn quarries, these five men tell their stories of lives spent winning the slate from the mountains, that put a roof over the heads of many millions around the world.