We continue to work with the Heritage Lottery Fund and a diverse range of local groups and societies, supporting local projects which focus on the history and heritage of the Swansea Valley that are of great value to the local communities.
Please click on the below links to find more information on our ongoing community projects.
The new ‘Swansea Scenes’ collaborative project has been launched to explore and celebrate the rich history of one of Swansea’s most famous streets, High Street.
Led by Music Art Digital Swansea and supported by Swansea University’s Connected Communities Programme and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Swansea Scenes oral history project will focus on uncovering and documenting the history of the communities who have used the social spaces of High Street since the 1800s – from music halls and Wales’ first cinema, to Wales’ first gay club and live music pubs.
This project entitled ‘The Legacy of Longfields’ examines and celebrates the history and impact of the Longfields Centre which was located in West Cross, Swansea.
The centre, which is now closed, embraced new attitudes toward treating those with physical and mental disabilities and set trends in approaches to treatments in centres elsewhere.
Led by Professor Louise Miskell is the department of history, this project forms part of theArts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities national festival 2016 and 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.
As part of the Connected Communities project we will continue to develop collaborative community research that will considerably enhance a major heritage-led urban regeneration project centred on the lower Swansea Valley. The regeneration project – Cu @ Swansea – is being led by Swansea University’s Research Institute for the Arts and Humanities (RIAH) in partnership with the City and County of Swansea and will breathe new life into the landscape and communities of the Lower Swansea Valley, with the aim of creating a world-class industrial heritage site. For further information on the Cu@Swansea project please the World of Welsh Copper website. Many of the Connected Communities project activities and events take place at the site and several community-led projects include, examine and relate to the history of the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site.