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Audrey Beaumont, widow of quarry owner John Beaumont, describes the quarry before CAT arrived. Interviewed by Allan Shepherd, October 2012.

Voices from a disused quarry: an oral history of the Centre for Alternative Technology is a project that celebrates 40 of the influential environmental organisation Centre for Alternative Technology through its buildings and the people who worked and lived in them.

The Centre for Alternative Technology was created out of the ruins of a disused quarry in Mid-Wales in 1974. It went on to have national and international influence, first through its visitor centre, and later through publications, educational programmes and its Zero Carbon Britain project.

Over 80 interviews were conducted between August 2012 and December 2012, with approximately 10 more collected intermittently during 2013. Interviews last between 20 minutes and four hours, with the majority being about one hour long. The original WAV recordings are available to listen to at the National Library of Wales.

Voices from a disused quarry: an oral history of the Centre for Alternative Technology was funded by Glasu, the Society for Environmental Improvement and the estate of Gerard Morgan Grenville. It was also supported by the Oral History Society, the National Library of Wales, the People’s Collection of Wales and Aberystwyth University.

Allan was chief interviewer and project leader of Voices from a disused quarry. Other interviews were conducted by Rosie Leach, Claire Bracegirdle, Amy Staniforth, Peter Harper, David Lloyd, Jane Lloyd-Francis, Frances Stoakley, Cara Walker, Bec Sanderson, Jess Allan, Megan Mills, Irene Galant, Gillian Caves, Adrienne Thomas and Sally Carr.

Project support was provided by Ariana Jordao, Catriona Toms and Sally Carr.

Photographs are part of the archive of the Centre for Alternative Technology and were taken by people working for or associated with CAT.

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