The Glendalough Mining Heritage Project, the forerunner of the Glens of Lead, was established in 2005 by a group of enthusiastic local people and some former miners who had a wealth of information about the workings of the mines in the 1940s and 50s.
The aims and objectives were, and continue to be, four-fold:
- Promote research into the unique mining and social history of Glendalough and its hinterland
- Record and present that unique history
- Identify and recognise the built mining heritage of the area
- Present the area’s mining history through a variety of media in order to promote an interest, pride and understanding of its heritage for both residents in and tourists to Glendalough
The first objective of the project was to record the memories of the former miners, initially on tape but this quickly changed to producing a video of the mines’ history with the former miners’ voices taking centre stage. The video was launched in December 2006.