In February 1974, the first people of what would become the Centre for Alternative Technology arrived at an ex-slate quarry in mid Wales. In harsh conditions, they set about taming the quarry, re-building the derelict houses and machine sheds and pick axing paths through the slate waste. It was a hard life, and only those with immense fortitude stayed longer than a few weeks.
In anticipation of our 40 year anniversary, we’ve been collecting memories of those early days – and the subsequent evolution of CAT – through our oral history project. This podcast uses material gathered through the project, and tells the story of the first year of CAT from the perspective of the new incomers, and the local people who came into contact with it.
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