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The Man Engine in Pontypridd

The Man Engine, an amazing feat in mechanical construction, has been in Pontypridd.

Standing at a colossal 11.2 metres tall, The Man Engine is an all-moving, all-steaming giant miner who is making his way around the South Wales Coalfield, visiting popular family tourist attractions and heritage locations.3

GTFM was there to watch the show!

The Man Engine Live

Posted by GTFM on Wednesday, 11 April 2018


The Man Engine creator Will Coleman said:

“We have a global ambition to take The Man Engine to all significant mining and industrial heritage sites across the world and are pleased to be bringing him to South Wales, where coal mines once dominated the landscape.”

Designed to celebrate the rich mining heritage of South Wales, each stop on the Man Engine’s tour of Wales offer bespoke spectacles, from gripping theatrics and nostalgic choral renditions to traditional Welsh storytelling.

As part of the Rhondda Cynon Taf event, the life of local Suffragette Elizabeth Andrews, champion of the pit head baths, was celebrated

Elizabeth Andrews OBE, born in 1881 and lived in the village of Hirwaun, was a leading member of the Suffragette Movement. One of 11 children, through her life she campaigned for improved health and education services, including the introduction of pit head baths at all collieries in order for miners to clean themselves before heading home.

Mrs Andrews was awarded the OBE in 1948 and sadly passed away in 1960, aged 88.

Man Engine in Action in Geevor, Cornwall

As part of a re-enactment, The Man Engine was presented with a chain and anchor, symbolising the town of Pontypridd’’s historical importance during the Industrial Revolution.

The Man Engine tells the story of how the Industrial Revolution shaped Wales and in turn, how Wales shaped the world – from the technological innovation formed through global trading links and industrial partnerships, to the experiences and endeavour of Wales’s working people, such as its coal miners, which led to social innovation, political reform and the birth of the NHS.

Pontypridd was once home to the famous Brown Lenox & Co Ltd, where Rhondda coal was used to produce the anchors and chains that furnished the Admiralty and famous passenger liners including the Queens Mary and the QE2.

The Man Engine was named the UK’s favourite arts project at the 2017 National Lottery Awards.