Kidwelly Industrial Museum
Kidwelly, SA17 4LW

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The site

The site consists of 13 acres of land, which includes a range of different industrial buildings, a river (Gwendraeth Fach) and woodland area, as well as 18th Century archaeological workings.


There are seven large buildings and sheds onsite, some of which are interconnected, while there are also smaller structures such as the old office and a newer building that has been presented to resemble a blacksmith’s forge.

Some buildings contain the remains of exhibition spaces telling the history of the site and tinplate manufacture and usage. Others are used for collections storage or have empty spaces that could be utilised for a range of set designs.

Onsite vehicles

Arrayed in and around the buildings onsite are a mixture of vehicles such as train engines and loading gear, along with large winding engines and pumping engines.

The museum preserves what was one of Britain's first tinplate works and is now the oldest tinplate works to be found anywhere in Europe. Because it survives, the old works has a special place in the story of Britain's Industrial Revolution. Nearly half of the world’s tinplate was manufactured in Wales in the 19th century, much of it in Carmarthenshire.

The museum interprets the packmill process, where bars of wrought iron were brought by train and then transformed by steam, heavy machinery, heat and chemical processes into tinned sheets. Heavy boxes of sheets were transported to stamping works where they were pressed into products, many of which were then enamelled. British tinplate goods were exported world-wide.

The site would be perfect for period dramas, sci-fi shows with dystopian themes, or a range of other uses. The scale of some of the buildings and machinery inside make for exceptional opportunities for creative film productions.

Parking: There is ample parking onsite, but alternative arrangements may need to be made for larger vehicles or larger production crews.

Catering: Potentially. There is plenty of room onsite, both inside and outside, but arrangements would have to be made well in advance if electricity or water were required onsite.

Filming restrictions: Filming could potentially be undertaken on any days of the week if given enough notice. No staff currently work onsite, but arrangements could be made for staff to be in attendance during filming days to facilitate access.

Electricity and water are currently not available onsite. However, arrangements may be made to reconnect supplies if compensated adequately.

There are potential health and safety risks onsite, so risk assessments would need to be undertaken and a plan put in place to mitigate all issues identified.

Mitigations may need to be put in place to safeguard collection objects.

Food and drink would be limited to certain areas of the property to avoid harm to collection objects.

Drone restrictions: Uncertain



  • The site
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  • Onsite vehicles