Art @ the Hafod – Spirit of Place Exhibition

We have just launched our online art exhibition Art @ the Hafod – the Spirit of Place – the wonderful day to which several of you contributed to last November as part of the Being Human festival. It was such a memorable day for us and we hope it was for you too.

The online exhibition can be viewed here:

A big thank you to our project partners, community and student volunteers. You made the day and the resulting exhibition very special!

You can also follow us on @RIAHSwansea and @SwanseaValley.

We are also delighted to let you know that we’ve been awarded hub status again as part of the 2016 festival, so we’ll keep you posted on events coming up this November!

Warmest wishes and we hope you enjoy the online exhibition,

Kate Spiller

Introducing History Points

Hi everyone,

I wanted to introduce you to a fantastic initiative called ‘History Points’ below. My colleague Lorna Cook at West Glamorgan Archives can provide further guidance and advice:

Please see their fantastic web pages for more information:

 Introducing HiPoints …

They’re a bit like cashpoints but give you snippets of local history instead of cash!

 How they work

Anyone with a modern mobile phone or iPad can scan the HistoryPoints QR barcodes which they find on or beside selected objects of interest (which we call “HiPoints”).

Scanning a barcode connects your phone to the relevant page from the website – within seconds you receive a concise text about the object in front of you.

You can follow links to other websites for more information (e.g. opening hours), or see if other HiPoints listed on the page take your fancy.

Every HiPoint page is mapped on the website – so you can find your way to another HiPoint.

Example: If you’ve just read the page for Garth Mill, you can click on another building from the local-area list on the left. Click on Where is this HiPoint? to find your way to it.

 Information – not marketing

 Every HiPoint is hand-picked because it’s genuinely interesting, and never because someone is paying for it to be featured!

The information on each page comes from reputable sources and is presented in clear, simple English – often with options to read translations in Welsh, French and other languages.

The website’s entire content is tightly controlled, and not open to members of the public to alter.

A platform for non-profit groups is a platform for non-profit groups to put information about their local area or properties under the noses of tourists, residents and students.

Contributors include local history societies, special interest groups and charities such as the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. They do not pay to take part, which means charities and small local groups can benefit from this new publicity channel.

Visit the web pages for further details!

I hope you are all well.



Oral History Project – Volunteering Opportunities – The South Wales Miners’ Museum

Oral History Project  – Volunteering Opportunities

The South Wales Miners’ Museum are currently looking for volunteers to take part in an oral history project – from recording the museums volunteers mining experiences and the local community surrounding the Afan and Llynfi Valley. The project will focus on their personal experiences of mining and the changes that have occurred over the last 50 years.

Main Tasks:
• Handle and maintain recording equipment.
• To research, store and prep interviews.
• To transcribe recordings
• To go out into the public and engage with the community.

Training will be provided both within the museum and externally.

Time Scale and hours of commitment:
To start the project will run for 4 months with the option to extend. We expect a minimum of 5 hours, one day a week but if volunteers are willing this can be extended.

Travel Expenses:
The museum has funding in place to reimburse volunteers.

About the Museum:
The South Wales Miners’ Museum is a registered charity (no.1102321) that rests in the heart of the Afan Valley. The museum is run and managed by volunteers dedicated to promoting the Industrial Heritage and social history of the Afan and Llynfi Valley. The museum was officially opened in 1976 and was the first mining museum in Wales. It has achieved numerous awards and recognition including the Prince of Wales Award and listed within the Valleys Essential top ten places to visit.

The museum is made up of both indoor and outdoor exhibits and portrays a journey through time from the development of coal mining, showing the working life of a miner and the hardships adults and children had to endure.

Location and Contact:
South Wales Miners’ Museum, Afan Forest Park, Cynnonville, Port Talbot, SA13 3HG.
01639 851833 or

Report to:
Volunteer Coordinator, Heritage Officer, Collections Officer

The Digital Economy Imaginarium – June 8th

The Digital Economy Imaginarium

‘Immerse yourself in a positive future’

The CHERISH-DE centre at Swansea University is charged with supporting and fostering collaborations between academics and external organisations – large and small, public and private – within the Digital Economy space.

On 8th June, we are holding the first of a series of events dedicated to starting and continuing conversations around:

”The Digital Economy – what it means to me and my organisation.  Now. And in five years.”

This will be an opportunity to discuss project ideas, funding and collaborations relating to the digital economy.

Please follow this link to register for this free event: and for further information on CHERISH DE please visit the project pages:

Contact Rhiannon Egerton for further details: