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The Centre for Alternative Technology Celebrates 30 Years With A New Display

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) marks its 30th birthday with a special new display to illustrate three decades of “Innovation, Inspiration and Information”.

The Mid Wales eco-centre has been open to the public since 1975. The new multimedia display takes visitors on a journey through the last 30 years of the environmental movement from the 1970s up until the 21st century, featuring classic archive images, video clips and staff reminiscing about what brought them to CAT in the first place. In 1972 CAT Biologist, Peter Harper, coined the term ‘Alternative Technology’ to describe attitudes and approaches to working with nature. Shortly after, a derelict quarry in Mid Wales was colonised by a bunch of young idealists. Inspired by the notion of building a test bed for the technologies and ways of living that could fend off the eco-disaster they felt was approaching, this community very quickly became a world-renowned and respected educational and demonstration centre.

CAT is open to the public every day of the year.

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