Glynn Vivian Activities and Upcoming Events

Glynn Vivian On The Road

Whilst the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is being refurbished, the offsite programme of exhibitions and activities continues at the YMCA, Swansea and this half term, you can also join in for the first ‘Glynn Vivian Road Show’.

View the new January – April 2014 programme, or call 01792 516900 and join the mailing list to receive a brochure. All events are free, everyone welcome.

Glynn Vivian Road Show

Come along to the first Glynn Vivian Road Show, Wednesday 26 February, 12 – 4pm at the Action Resource Centre (ARC) in Portmead and meet the team for a fun afternoon of activities.

Join in with workshops for children and young people, the handling collection, and gain expert advice from conservators and researchers. Come and show your collection; whether it’s toys, football memorabilia, vinyl records or stamps, bring your treasures to share with everyone. Free, everyone welcome.

Artist Talks

The series of Artist Talks continues with one of Wales’ leading interdisciplinary artists Marc Rees. Join him on Thursday 27 February, 5.30pm at the YMCA, Swansea as he discusses making work in Wales.

In March, British Council curator, Emma Gifford-Mead, will be with us to talk about her curatorial practice, Thursday 27 March, 5.30pm at the YMCA, Swansea.

Llansamlet Historical Society Celebrate Heritage Lottery Project

Last Friday, February 14th, Llansamlet Historical Society held at an event at Trallwn Community Centre to celebrate their new Heritage Lottery-Funded project.

The project will digitise the society’s collections of photograph and documents on the history of Llansamlet and will create a website to enable the society to share and promote their community’s history.

An article in last week’s Evening Post covered the story, accessible here.


The Connected Communities Project will support and assist Llansamlet History Society with their project. Congratulations to everyone! We are looking forward to working with you and seeing all the fantastic project outputs!


Amman Valley Updates and Meetings


Thursday 20th Feb, some Group Directors to Milford Haven for 1100hrs at Blackbridge, including Pi SuperYachts Marine Dream Team.

Friday 21st 1600hrs Swansea University meeting to sign up recruited volunteer MSc post grads for S9L /AVR Group with Communities Co-ordinator Kate Spiller.

Swansea Classic and Vintage annual Auto Jumble at Enterprise House Llansamlet Enterprise Park, Swansea SA7 9FH opens for exhibitors at 0800hrs Sunday 23rd  – to book spaces at £15 each email: Open to the public from 1000hrs on Sunday £2 entrance fee.

Connected Communities Newsletter February 2014

I hope everyone is well and surviving the wet weather we’ve been having. I wanted to bring you an update on the Connected Communities Project and the exciting local ongoing community-focused heritage projects and research.

I am very happy to say that the Swansea University Connected Communities Project will continue, offering support and assistance to community-led projects across the Swansea Valley area and beyond. The project has been a wonderful success so far, co-authoring and developing many local projects, including 7 Heritage Lottery-funded projects accessible here.

We have had several very well attended local project celebrations and events of late. This has included the wonderfully engaging and innovative play entitled ‘Ystrad Tell My Story’ that tells the mining history of the Ystradgynlais area, led by Ysgol Maesydderwen avaiable here and on the University pages here.

The White Rock Digital Trails Project also held their project celebration last Saturday at the Swansea Museum Stores, Landore which included displays, an oral history workshop and guided tours. Information available here.

The ‘Swansea Your Story’ exhibition launch also took place on January 21st at the Grand Theatre. The project promotes Swansea’s community history through the creation of an online digital archive. The exhibition was also covered on the ITV welsh news.

The Hafod-Morfa Copperworks project is continuing to develop with help and support from local people. Project activities include an upcoming event next Monday, February 17th, at the Hafod Community Centre led by Gwent Glamorgan Archaeological Trust to launch the Copper Slag Project and to update everyone on the archaeological works that have been completed at the Hafod site so far (contact the community archaeologist at GGAT on 01792 634236 or email for further details.)

The Connected Communities Project is now working alongside dozens of community groups from across our local area and across South Wales, focusing on researching, promoting and celebrating our community heritage. If you would like to learn more about our work please visit our homepage or contact me at / 01792 606587.

Very best wishes,










Fantastic Turn Out at White Rock Project Celebration

Last Saturday the White Rock Project held it’s project celebration at the Swansea Museum stores with 79 people through the door, exceeding all our expectations especially on such a foul day.

The Digital Trails app, presented by Adam and the MEng students, was a hot topic of conversation and is at the heart of the HLF project. We now have more organisations interested in adopting it to their own sites: Swansea Community Boat Trust (the Black Prince), Clydach Heritage Centre, the Heart of Wales Line, Swansea Council and the Swansea University Sustainability Team, and an enquiry from Aberystwyth to bring it full circle.

Rob Hulme took over every vertical and horizontal space he could find with his displays at the event and led a group of hardy souls through the rain for the site walk. Students Stacey and Dominic’s work on the earliest known White Rock that was on display excited much comment, with requests for copies.

We were delighted that Ken Frederickson, the last White Rock Ferry man, came despite frailty. In Tudor’s words, “… Ken Frederickson was thrilled to bits, our star was star struck!!” A sight I will remember for a long time is the blue bus full of people listening raptly to Tudor and Janet’s oral histories.

Another student volunteer Teresa did a fantastic job organising the day. It is entirely to her credit that everything went so smoothly and everyone had such a good time.

We will start site clearance before Easter, working with Swansea Council. Get your wellies and gloves ready …

Many thanks again to everyone who supported us on the day and to those who continue to support the White Rock Project!