The slate landscape of north-west Wales was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, on 28th July 2021, making it the fourth World Heritage Site in Wales.
The following is a statement, made at the time, by the First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford :
“Today’s announcement recognises the significant contribution this part of north Wales has made to the cultural and industrial heritage not only of Wales, but of the wider world. Welsh slate can be found all over the world.
The quarrying and mining of slate has left a unique legacy in Gwynedd, which the communities are rightly proud of. This worldwide recognition today by UNESCO, will help preserve that legacy and history in those communities for generations to come and help them with future regeneration.”
However Falcon has been recording and drawing artefacts and landscapes from within this new World Heritage area for many years before the awarding of this new UNESCO status, showing how important he already considered these artefacts and landscapes to be.
A selection of his drawings already detailing items within this new UNESCO World Heritage Site is shown below. Please click on each image to view.