New Opportunity for Students!

Swansea RFC project – Student Volunteer Opportunities

The Department of History and Classics is starting an exciting oral history project with Swansea Rugby Club, one of the greatest rugby clubs in the world which is based just down the road at St Helen’s.  Over the next year we will be recording interviews with past and present players, officials, and supporters to capture the club’s rich history and heritage.

I am looking for SIX student volunteers to help out with interviewing and the staging of public events.  Training will be provided.

You need to be enthusiastic, committed, reliable, flexible, and accurate in your work because this project will be conducted to the highest professional standards.  An interest in rugby football is not essential but would probably be useful.  It will also be helpful if you are broad minded and have a sense of humour.

It will be necessary to work on the project on some Saturdays when the All-Whites are playing at home.  It must be stressed that this is an opportunity for volunteers, and there will be no remuneration.

This project is suitable for undergraduates at all levels, and postgraduates.

Apply by email, telling me in 300 words why you think you are suitable for this position.

Deadline: 17.00 on 30 September.

Apply to Professor Huw Bowen (

Autumn Activities at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Glynn Vivian Offsite Autumn Activities

While the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is being refurbished, our offsite exhibitions and activities continue at the YMCA, Swansea and at various venues in the city centre.

See the new autumn programme of events and workshops, or join the mailing list to receive a brochure.

All events are free, everyone welcome.

The Wakelin Award 2014
The Wakelin Award is given annually to a Welsh artist whose work is purchased for our permanent collection. This year’s selector is Amanda Farr, Director of Oriel Davies Gallery, who has chosen the work of Clare Woods.

Join us for the presentation on Friday 12 September 6.30pm at The National Waterfront Museum. Exhibition continues until 4 October. Free entry.

Saturday Family Workshop
Join our Saturday morning art club and create ‘The Adventures of Richard Glynn Vivian‘ computer game based on Richard Glynn Vivian’s travels and collecting.

Workshops take place at the YMCA Saturday 13 & 27 September, 10am – 1pm, for ages 4-13. Book online or call 01792 516900.

Glynn Vivian Offsite Activities
Community Cafe
Lecturer and artist, Tiff Oben, presents a series of 3 talks searching for the Masters, overlooked makers and objects and the obscure, in a personal response to the Glynn Vivian Collection. Thursday 18 September, 5.30pm, YMCA. No booking required, limited seating.

Artist Talk: Wakelin Award 2014
Join us for an ‘In Conversation’ between Oriel Davies Director and Wakelin selector, Amanda Farr and Wakelin Award 2014 winner, artist Clare Woods. Thursday 25 September, 5.30pm at the YMCA, Swansea. Free, no booking required.

Adult Workshops
Come along to our Adult Workshops and create a piece of unique artwork. Starting this autumn with ‘Weaving with Willow’, Saturday 20 September 11am – 4pm at the YMCA. All day workshop, please bring a packed lunch. Book online or call 01792 516900.

Coming Soon: Glynn Vivian Roadshow
What do you collect? Whether its toys, football memorabilia, postcards or trains, come and share your collection with us as we take our ‘Glynn Vivian Road Show’ to St. Thomas Primary School, Thursday 30 October, 12 – 4pm. Join us for a fun afternoon of free activities. Everyone welcome, no booking required.

Connected Communities: Newsletter September 2014

Newsletter September 2014

Connected Communities: Researching the Industrial and Post-Industrial Communities of the Swansea Valley and South Wales.

Hello everyone,

I hope you’re all well and that you’ve all have had a pleasant summer. As the seasons change and autumn is approaching I would like to bring you an update on recent Connected Communities project activities and new and developing heritage-related activities and projects throughout across local communities.

The Connected Communities project, based at Swansea University, continues to develop and support community-focused heritage projects and activities relating to the history of the Swansea Valley and South Wales. Over the past 6 months the project has been focused on supporting current projects and developing new projects. Our team, which consist of researchers, local museums, archives, libraries, galleries and student volunteers, work closely with individuals, groups and societies within the local community.  To find out information on all our community projects please follow this link:

New projects that are currently in development include a project focused on examining and promoting the history of the Dillwyn family. The project, led the College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University and the Penllergaer Valley Woodland Trust, will include research conducted by Swansea University students, team members and volunteers and the placement of an interactive trail highlighting locations around Swansea that are relevant to the diverse legacy of the Dillwyn family. The project will also produce a dynamic website that displays project resources, events and research, including interactive maps;

A further new project project in development titled ‘The Legacy of Longfields’ will research and celebrate the history of the Longfields mental health hospital, Swansea. The project will work with ex-patients, their families and staff to gather memories to investigate and document the unique and inspirational treatments and attitudes toward mental health that the hospital pioneered. A series of events will be scheduled to engage local people with the hospital’s history and to celebrate the impact of the Longfields on mental health practice, in particular within the local community. Applications for funding will be made for the above two projects to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support project activities.

Existing projects are expanding and continuing to have a positive impact on the local communities and related heritage.  Llansamlet Historical Societies’ project  team are further developing the ‘Sharing Llansamlet’s Past’ project, supported by HLF. The team have been cataloguing their huge collection of photographs to create a comprehensive archive focused on the history of the Llansamlet area, with accompanying school packs:

The Hafod-Morfa Copperworks projects continues to develop and the project is now entering a new phase of works. A hugely successful event was held on June 14th to celebrate the opening of the site and to inform the local community of the project developments. Over 7000 people attended the launch, so a big thank you to the local community, our project partners, volunteers and in particular the Connected Communities project members that helped us on the day.  To keep up to date with project news please follow this link:

The local branch of the Historical Association continue to further develop the ‘White Rock Digital Trial’ project that researches the history of the White Rock site. The very successful project now has an increasing number of volunteers, consisting of Swansea University students that have conducted research and developed the onsite digital trail, local volunteers, academics and local enthusiasts. The project is now entering its second phase of activities that will focus on the reclamation and clearance of the White Rock site:

The Connected Communities project also continues to work with Ysgol Maesydderwen, Ystradgynlais after the successful project ‘Researching the Mining History of the Upper Swansea Valley’: The new project and activities will focus on a particular local fallen solider of World War One from within the local area. The children will visit local archives to investigate materials relating to local men who fell in the Great War, including visits to the Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University. The research will also be made into a presentation which will be showcased in Neath Little Theatre, assisted by a local Neath historian.

In other news, the Connected Communities project and the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks project were both nominated for the Swansea University Impact Awards, which celebrate the depth and bredth of the impact of Swansea University’s research. The Connected Communities project was nominated in the category of ‘The Bridging the Gaps Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Engagement’ and the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks project was nominated in the ‘The Parthian Books and Library of Wales Award for Outstanding Impact in Culture, the Arts and Sports.’ I am delighted to say that The Hafod-Morfa Copperworks Project secured their award, a well-deserved victory for colleagues that work incredibly hard!

All of the above projects are supported by and / or developed by the Connected Communities project and its partners, Swansea University.

For further information on the Connected Communities projects, local community news and updates, please visit our website and community network blog accessible here:

If you would like further information about our projects, partners and activities, please email me at

Twitter: @swanseavalley




Renovations at Mynyddbach Chapel

There is a tremendous amount of work going on at Mynyddbach Chapel, thanks to Reverend Grenville Fisher. Reverend Fisher has been working with the trustees to secure large grants to cover the work.
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The chapel is a hub of community activity and the recent and ongoing renovations will mean that the space can be further used by local people. Renovations include new structural updates, a new kitchen, external works focused on the cemetery and work on the chapel organ.