• The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)
The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) was founded in 1973 on the site of the discused Llwyngwern slate quarry. It was originally a community dedicated to eco-friendly principles and a 'test bed' for new ideas and technologies.
In the beginning, process in the quarry was slow, and the early attempts to raise money were frustrating. Slowly, increasing numbers of interested people came to CAT, and many stayed as volunteers. As more workers arrived, they brought a wide range of skills and experience.
In 1974, The duke of edinburgh visited CAT. After his visit, some members of staff suggested turning part of the site into a Visitor Centre, a permanent exhibition to explain CAT's work and generate interest in alternative technology. It opened to the public in 1975. Since then, CAT has grown to become Europe's leading eco-centre with on average around 60,000 visitors every year.
CAT as a Visitor Centre celebrated its 30th birthday in 2005. Far from setting down to quiet life, the centre is constantly changing and adapting.