Legacy of Longfields – Project Launch!

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 any connection to Longfields along with individuals who were part of and 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.

The Brilliant Club – 2016-17 Placements – Swansea University

The Brilliant Club – 2016-17 Placements – Swansea University

Arts, Humanities and Law – Session

The Brilliant Club – Scholars Programme Placements: A meaningful, well-paid teaching opportunity for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve disadvantaged communities.

The Brilliant Club will be holding an information event at Swansea University for researchers on 27th July at 12 pm in room -315 in the Margam Building. Please come along to find out more about the opportunities involved. No booking necessary.

For further information about the programme and what it entails, please see the Information for Researchers brochure at www.thebrilliantclub.org.

If you have any queries regarding the drop in session please do not hesitate to email Kate Spiller, Impact and Engagement Officer, Arts, Humanities and Law Research Hub: k.spiller@swansea.ac.uk  or for specific queries relating to the Brilliant Club please email apply@thebrilliantclub.org.

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: Lorna.Crook@swansea.gov.uk

Please see their fantastic web pages for more information:  http://historypoints.org/brief.htm

 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 HistoryPoints.org 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

HistoryPoints.org 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 south-wales-miners-museum.co.uk

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: http://bit.ly/1U4o3qd and for further information on CHERISH DE please visit the project pages: http://cherish-de.uk/

Contact Rhiannon Egerton for further details: r.l.egerton@swansea.ac.uk

Connected Communities: Visions of Steel

Visions of Steel – Public Event – May 12th, 6.30 – 8.30pm – Blanco’s Restaurant, Port Talbot

The event will exhibit a selection of photographs of the Port Talbot steel industry in the 1940s and 1950s which have recently been digitised by Peoples’ Collection Wales.

The event will offer the opportunity to view samples from the collection and to share memories and about the photographs and the local steel industry that will enable the community to shape the archive and help the project team date and identify the images, expanding the archive.

Please circulate this information to your friends and colleagues who may like to come along.

Everyone welcome.


Growing up in the Lower Swansea Valley Memoirs of a naughty boy in the 50s and 60s

A new publication by Jim Young documents childhood in the Lower Swansea Valley during the 1950s and 60s; Growing up in the Lower Swansea Valley
Memoirs of a naughty boy in the 50s and 60s
It is now available on Kindle and will be available in hard copy soon: