Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Event – Family Philanthropy: The Dillwyn Llewelyns and Voluntary Service

This Friday 23 June at 12.30pm, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery will be welcoming Dr Lesley Hulonce, Lecturer Health Humanities, Programme Director, BSc Medical Sciences and Humanities, Swansea University, for a talk and discussion on Family Philanthropy: The Dillwyn Llewelyns and voluntary service.

Visit the Glynn Vivian website for the further details.

Tickets are free, and you can book online or call the Gallery on 01792 516900.

Jim Young – New Collection of Swansea Poems

Jim has just published his new book of 100 poems. The book is just £8 on Amazon (8 pence per poem!) Click here for further information. Kindle will be available shortly at £2 (2 pence per poem).

This is a fantastic collection – an easy and wide-ranging read of over 100 poems that will stir your emotions. Don’t miss this!

Connected Communities Update:

Attitudes and Aspirations – Interpretations of Disability – Longfields Project Event

As part of the Connected Communities ‘Legacy of Longfields’ project, a fantastic event was held on Thursday, November 24th, entitled ‘Attitudes and Aspirations – Interpretations of Disability.’

The event formed part of the Being Human Festival, the UK’s only festival of the humanities. Now in its third year, the festival this year at Swansea University included events around the theme of ‘Hopes and Fears’ during the festival week, 17 – 25 November 2016.

As part of the broader Legacy of Longfields project, the event celebrated the history and impact of the Longfields Centre, which supported local disabled people and embraced new attitudes toward treating those with physical and learning disabilities and set trends in approaches to treatments in centres elsewhere.

The event took place at the National Waterfront Museum and was led by researchers at Swansea University and Disability Arts Cymru. Ex-service users from the now-closed Longfields centre and Pen Y Bryn school showcased artistic interpretations, attitudes and aspirations in relation to disability, producing short digital films and collages (which will shortly be added to the Longfeilds Project digital archive).

View a sample of the digital collages from the day on the Connected Communities Legacy of Longfeild’s project page.

Follow the Legacy of Longfeilds blog with more information, digital archive and pictures here.

Thank you to our project partners at the National Waterfront Museum and Swansea City Council for your support and assistance with this fantastic event.

Best wishes,

Kate

 

Attitudes and Aspirations – Interpretations of Disability – Longfields Project Event

As part of the Connected Communities ‘Legacy of Longfields’ project, a fantastic event was held last Thursday, November 24th, entitled ‘Attitudes and Aspirations – Interpretations of Disability.’

The event formed part of the Being Human Festival, the UK’s only festival of the humanities. Now in its third year, the festival this year at Swansea University included events around the theme of ‘Hopes and Fears’ during the festival week, 17 – 25 November 2016.

As part of the broader Legacy of Longfields project,the event celebrated the history and impact of the Longfields Centre, which supported local disabled people and embraced new attitudes toward treating those with physical and learning disabilities and set trends in approaches to treatments in centres elsewhere.

The event took place at the National Waterfront Museum and was led by researchers at Swansea University and Disability Arts Cymru. Ex-service users from the now-closed Longfields centre and Pen Y Bryn school showcased artistic interpretations, attitudes and aspirations in relation to disability, producing short digital films and collages (which will shortly be added to the Longfeilds Project digital archive here.)

View pictures from the day at the Swansea University Being Human Festival Flikr page here.

Follow the Legacy of Longfeilds project here and follow our blog and digital archive here.

Thank you to our project partners at the National Waterfront Museum and Swansea City Council for your support and assistance with this fantastic event.

Best wishes,

Kate

 

Centenary Lecture Series – including Michael Morpurgo, Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

The new centenary lecture series which is curated and introduced by Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers is taking place in the autumn term. The series will be welcoming a number of wonderful writers, including a free event with Michael Morpurgo, one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. Carol Ann Duffy and her favourite court musician John Sampson will bring laughter and reflection to Swansea, and we welcome the National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn and National Poet of Scotland, Jackie Kay, for an evening of poetry and conversation. Please see the below information for further details on how to reserve your tickets for our fantastic autumn lectures. We look forward to seeing you at our stunning new Great Hall on the University’s Bay Campus.

Location: The Great Hall, Bay Campus, SA1 8EN

Book online: http://www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk   Great Hall Box Office: 01792 604 900 / 604 999

Thursday 10th November 7:30 pm

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson – The Poet Laureate and her Court Musician

http://www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk/performances.php?id=1405

The Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and her favourite court musician John Sampson bring an hour of laughter and reflection to Swansea. Carol Ann will read from her acclaimed collections, including The World’s Wife, The Bees and other works. Lucid, honest and accessible, her profoundly resonant poems explore everyday experience and our inner worlds with great insight, humour and sharp intelligence. Alongside her words, John Sampson performs a virtuoso tour through musical highlights of the past 500 years played on a fascinating collection of period and modern instruments.

Followed by a book-signing with Carol Ann Duffy

Thursday 17th November 7:30 pm

An evening with Michael Morpurgo

At this exclusive event Michael Morpurgo, one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers reads from and discusses his new book Such Stuff: A Story-maker’s Inspiration, a revealing and insightful mediation upon the wellsprings and sources of his many books and tales.

Followed by a Q & A and book-signing with Michael Morpurgo

http://www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk/performances.php?id=1408

Thursday 15th December 7:30 pm

The National Poets of Wales and Scotland

Join Jackie Kay, Makar – National Poet for Scotland and Ifor ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales for an evening of poetry and conversation followed by a Q&A and book-signing with the poets. Jackie Kaye, MBE is an award-winning poet, novelist and writer of short stories. Several of her novels and poetry collections have won awards and her first novel for children, Strawgirl, was a huge critical success. National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn is a multi-award-winning poet, presenter, director and producer. He has represented Welsh poetry around the world in both the Welsh and English language.

http://www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk/performances.php?id=1406

Connected Communities Volunteering Opportunities Opportunity: ‘Burton @ 14’

Connected Communities Volunteering Opportunities

Opportunity: ‘Burton @ 14’ Heritage Lottery Fund Project for young people in Port Talbot area

The Choice Project and the Richard Burton Archives are working with Neath Port Talbot Further Education College and Port Talbot Libraries Service to run a fifteen-month Young Roots project, in which 70 young people aged 16 – 19 will take the life and diaries of Richard Burton as a route into exploring and interpreting the heritage, history and future of Port Talbot, using progressive educational methods and arts and media education.

The Lead Facilitator is Iona Towler-Evans, a teacher of many years’ standing, who is also a teacher trainer and a national trainer in the Mantle of the Expert teaching system, founded by Dorothy Heathcote (for info see: www.mantleoftheeexpert.com).

We would like to work with volunteers who are interested in education and unlocking the hidden talents of marginalised young people.

The participants will be relating to the local community in terms of oral history collection, viewings of films, and organising events, exhibitions and performances, between now and November 2017. They will be encouraged to go on trips to local sites of interest, and to develop their skills in areas such as photography, filming, art, drama, music and computer programming in order to produce a lasting legacy for their community.

Transport to the project locations from the Singleton Park or the Bay campuses can be organised for volunteers.

Skills required:

•             Very good interpersonal skills with adults and young people

•             Interest in educational methods

•             General interest in film, heritage, urban development, history, IT or the arts

Undergraduate and Postgraduate opportunities available.

Funding: basic travel costs and expenses are available. DBS checks are required, the cost of which is also covered.

Please contact Kate Spiller, Project Coordinator for further information: k.spiller@swansea.ac.uk

Connected Communities Newsletter – September 2016

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

Newsletter September 2016

 Hi everyone,

As the summer is coming to an end I thought it an appropriate time to bring you up to speed on projects and events that are launching in the coming weeks and throughout the autumn. The Connected Communities project continues to grow, supporting and developing projects that research and celebrate the history of our communities across Swansea and beyond, bringing together members of local community, Swansea University researchers and professional partners.

Legacy of Longfields Project

I am very happy to announce that our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support the ‘Legacy of Longfields’ project has been successful. The project will explore and celebrate the history of Longfields in Swansea, an organisation that was set up in 1952 by parents of children with cerebral palsy who campaigned for their children to have an education. Led by Dr Rebecca Clifford, the Legacy of Longfields project will form part of the Connected Communities programme and has been developed by Teresa Hillier and Kate Spiller at the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) and the history department at Swansea University.

The historians involved in the project will be assessing the wider significance of Longfields, which played an important role in the social history of Swansea and in the wider disability movement. Memories of local people who had connections to Longfields along with individuals who attended Longfields, staff, carers and parents will be central to the research.  For further information on the project please go to our web page here.

Visions of Steel Project

Led by Professor Louise Miskell is the department of history, this project showcases a large selection of photographs of the Port Talbot steel industry in the 1940s and 1950s which have recently been digitised by the Peoples’ Collection Wales. Events across local communities in the Port Talbot have offered the local people the opportunity to view samples from the collection and to share memories relating to the photographs and the local steel industry. Workshops with local children have also created artistic interpretations and outputs. Such activities will enable the community to shape the archive and help the project team date, identify and interpret the images, expanding the archive, including the creation of a published volume and accompanying exhibition. Please visit our web page for further information.

Being Human Festival – National Festival of the Humanities

I am also very happy to share with you all that Swansea University will again be a regional hub for the Being Human Festival, the national festival of humanities which this year will focus around the theme of ‘Hopes and Fears – Dreams, Demons and Discovery’. Last year the Connected Communities project worked closely with local people, our project partners and the Hafod Copperworks project to help develop the Art @ the Hafod event which focused on artistic interpretation of the archaeological landscape of the site, which was a huge success (more information here.)

This year the festival will include:

Attitudes and Aspiration – Interpretations of Disability – as part of the Connected Communities Legacy of Longfeilds project, an event entitled ‘Attitudes and Aspiration – Interpretations of Disability’ will showcase artistic interpretations, attitudes and aspirations in relation to disability by adults with cerebral palsy and local school children with a range of physical disabilities. Please visit our web page for further information on this event.

My One and All: My Swansea Coast – is a coastal walk that invites you to pick up a digital camera or smartphone and join us on an instructed photo walk from Clynne Farm Centre to Blackpill, with professional photographer Carl Ryan.

You are then invited to submit your photograph that illustrates your relationship with the Swansea coastline. More information on this photo walk and accompanying exhibition is available on our web pages. The full list of events for the Being Human Festival can be viewed here.

British Science Festival

British Science Festival Family Weekend – Swansea University is also gearing up for the British Science Festival Family Weekend, on Saturday 10th  September and Sunday 11thSeptember for a  weekend of entertainment, hands-on activity and fun for all the family.

The Connected Communities project has worked closely with the teams across the University to include community-focused activities across the broader festival, including several events that have a focus on history or at are at heritage locations.

The Power of Water – the festival will include for example the ‘Power of Water’ event at Clydach Heritage Centre in partnership with the Swansea Canal Society from 10.30 am September 6th.  More information on this event and the broader festival can be viewed on our web pages here.

Friends of Neath Abbey Iron Company Project

The Friends of Neath Abbey Iron Company in association with Swansea University are organising an inaugural lecture titled: Neath Abbey Ironworks: Past, Present and Future. The speaker will be Professor Huw Bowen of Swansea University who has done a tremendous amount of work on the Hafod copperworks site. It will be in Neath Town Hall, 10-30am, Saturday, 8th October, 2016. Entrance is free and everybody is welcome. This lecture will launch a project concerning the future development of the site in Neath Abbey. The 8,000 engineering drawings from the Neath Abbey Ironworks which are held in the West Glamorgan Archives have been recognised by inscription in the United Kingdom National Register of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. This illustrates the importance of this site in smelting, and manufacturing items such as locomotives, pumps and ships. The owners of the works, the Price family, prominent Quakers, engineers and philanthropists, are buried in the Friends Meeting House in Neath.

White Rock Project

White Rock has evolved from a project focused on app development to a broader heritage project. The Friends of White Rock app development now concentrates on preparing content, using engines available from a number of sources. The White Rock Digital Trails app has contributed to the design of the Gower app in particular. The Friends have the goal of returning the White Rock Industrial Heritage Park to its intended place as an amenity and asset to Swansea. Surviving structures on the 48 acre site are being cleared of invasive vegetation. Historical research is unravelling long-standing mysteries about the site (and discovering new mysteries!). Progress can be followed here and further information can be accessed pages here.

We support and develop lots of community-focused projects and events which are updated and included on our web pages here. As always if you would like to engage with our projects, to discuss a particular area of interest or the development of a community-focused project then please do get in touch.

I hope you all had a wonderful summer.

Kind regards,

Kate

British Science Festival – Power of Water Event

Swansea University is gearing up for the British Science Festival Family Weekend, on Saturday 10th  September and Sunday 11th September for a  weekend of entertainment, hands-on activity and fun for all the family.

Join us at the National Waterfront Museum and surrounding venues, you’ll be able to celebrate Roald Dahl’s centenary with CBBC’s Jon Chase, get creative with arts and crafts, or take part in the astronaut bootcamp!

The Connected Communities project has worked closely with the teams across the University to include community-focused activities across the broader festival, including several events that have a focus on local history or at are at heritage locations.

Power of Water Event – Clydach Heritage Centre and Swansea Canal Society

The festival will include for example the ‘Power of Water’ event at Clydach Heritage Centre in partnership with the Swansea Canal Society from 10.30 am September 6th. Have you ever wondered how a canal works and how boats can climb hills? There will be canoe rides with local guides to explain how the canal operated and a working model of a lock to show how boats travelled up and down hill. More information here.

For further information on the festival and to reserve tickets please visit the website.

Being Human – National Festival of Humanities

Being Human Festival – National Festival of the Humanities

Swansea University will again be a regional hub for the Being Human Festival led by the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH). This year the festival will focus around the theme of ‘Hopes and Fears – Dreams, Demons and Discovery’.

Last year the Connected Communities project worked closely with local people, our project partners and the Hafod Copperworks project to help develop the Art @ the Hafod event which focused on artistic interpretation of the archaeological landscape of the site, which was a huge success (more information here.)

This year the festival will include:

Attitudes and Aspiration – Interpretations of Disability – as part of the Connected Communities Legacy of Longfeilds project, an event entitled ‘Attitudes and Aspiration – Interpretations of Disability’ will showcase artistic interpretations, attitudes and aspirations in relation to disability by adults with cerebral palsy and local school children with a range of physical disabilities. Places for this event are limited so please email Kate Spiller if you’d like to attend: k.spiller@swansea.ac.uk

My One and All: My Swansea Coast – is a coastal walk that invites you to pick up a digital camera or smartphone and join us on an instructed photo walk from Clynne Farm Centre to Blackpill, with professional photographer Carl Ryan. You are then invited to submit your photograph that illustrates your relationship with the Swansea coastline; this could be a view, walk, landscape, bike ride, day out with family and be as figurative or abstract as you want! For more information on the how to submit your image please email Caroline Lane: c.p.lane@swansea.ac.uk. Places for the photo walk are limited so please book your space here.

The full list of events for the Being Human Festival can be viewed here.