Welcome to the Department of Industry & Transport
Wales has a long and proud tradition as an industrial nation. The 1851 census records that it was the first nation in the world to have a higher proportion of its workforce employed in industry rather than in agriculture.
Wales can therefore claim to be 'the world's first industrial nation'. Its industries have always been varied, and even today as once-mighty industries decline, new ones take their place.
Nowhere is there a better selection of artefacts and illustrations reflecting those changes than amongst our collections, and we invite you to browse our website at your leisure and discover more about the industrial heritage of one of the most fascinating places on Earth.