The MineRhondda Heritage Trail
The MineRhondda Heritage Trail was created to allow you to explore the virtual world of MineRhondda. Built brick by brick, MineRhondda is a 3D reconstruction of Fernhill Colliery, a demolished coal mine in the Rhondda Valley. The Valleys Kids youth group, together with Cadw and DigVentures, used Minecraft to bring a long forgotten industrial landscape to the forefront of peoples memories and imaginations.
Created as part of the Unloved Heritage? project, MineRhondda allows you to experience what Fernhill Colliery once looked like, and take a peek inside the colliery buildings, underground tunnels and homes that once dominated the Rhondda Valley landscape.
Based on knowledge gained from archival photos, old maps, visits to local museums and interviews with former coal miners, the youth group did a brilliant job recreating the colliery and its landscape. With no detail too small, MineRhondda is an impressive project that should be thoroughly explored.
You can experience MineRhondda at the tip of your fingers in several ways. You can watch a video about the trail, explore the 3D models of the MineRhondda buildings, or even download the MineRhondda world to your own version of Minecraft and walk the Heritage Trail yourself!