In Royal Footsteps

In July, William Read travelled to the Royal Mint at Llantrisant in South Wales with 10 other members of the Midlands Association of Civil Protection Scientists.

‘We began our day out at the Royal Mint Experience with a guided tour learning about the processes involved in the minting of coins and medals at this site that dates back to the mid-1960s – when it was built to prepare the new coinage for Decimal Day on 15 February 1971. Through large plate glass windows we could see the different presses used for coins. In addition to making coins for many countries, the Mint also manufactures medals such as those for the 2012 London Olympics. An excellent museum outlines the history of the minting of coins in the country going right back to Roman times.

After lunch, we travelled a dozen miles to Llancaiach Fawr Manor, a Tudor fortified dwelling dating back to the 1580s, and now furnished and equipped as it would have been in 1645, during the Civil War. Guides fully in character and costume for that era, gave a fascinating explanation of life “in the Welsh lands” in the mid-17th century. This is a unique feature of the Manor, and makes a visit to this beautiful house truly memorable.

Both venues were very enjoyable and worthwhile to visit, and are highly recommended. By chance, HRH Prince Charles had visited both sites earlier in the week, and is shown in this photograph speaking to one of the guides at the Manor to whom we spoke to a few days later.’