Maesydderwen School Play Spectacular!

Ysgol Maesydderwen performed their play entitled ‘Ystrad Tell My Story’ to a full house at the school on January 22nd and 23rd.

The play was a presentation and celebration of the broader Heritage Lottery-funded project  ‘Researching the Mining History of the Upper Swansea Valley’ that has engaged the children at the school with the history of coal mining in the locality in the mid Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries, exploring the industrial, cultural and social heritage.

The play really brought the history of coal mining in the local community to life, made possible by hard work by the team at the school and spectacular performances by the children.

Much of the historical material for the play was gathered through project research which involved workshops at the school with local people and visits by the children to Connected Communities partners resources such as the Richard Burton Archives, West Glamorgan Archives and the South Wales Miners Library.

Congratulations to the team at Maesyderwen School! The play was a great success. We look forward to working with you again in the future!……..

Swansea Your Story gallery opening a great success – item featured on the ITV Wales news!

The ‘Swansea Your Story’ project and exhibition has been featured on the ITV welsh news – click here to see the article

On January 21st the local photography and history society ‘Swansea Your Story’ launched their project exhibition at the Grande Theatre in Swansea.

Supported by the Swansea University Connected Communities project, the Swansea Your Story project entitled ‘Swansea: A Town and City in Photographs’ has gathered memories and photographs from local residents to be translated into an online historical and photographic archive

The exhibition, that will remain in the grande theatre art wing for 3 weeks, displays some of the images that have been gathered from local people and celebrates the success of the project that has been holding community events and talks to promote the local history and the the project’s online archive.