Connected Communities Newsletter February 2014

I hope everyone is well and surviving the wet weather we’ve been having. I wanted to bring you an update on the Connected Communities Project and the exciting local ongoing community-focused heritage projects and research.

I am very happy to say that the Swansea University Connected Communities Project will continue, offering support and assistance to community-led projects across the Swansea Valley area and beyond. The project has been a wonderful success so far, co-authoring and developing many local projects, including 7 Heritage Lottery-funded projects accessible here.

We have had several very well attended local project celebrations and events of late. This has included the wonderfully engaging and innovative play entitled ‘Ystrad Tell My Story’ that tells the mining history of the Ystradgynlais area, led by Ysgol Maesydderwen avaiable here and on the University pages here.

The White Rock Digital Trails Project also held their project celebration last Saturday at the Swansea Museum Stores, Landore which included displays, an oral history workshop and guided tours. Information available here.

The ‘Swansea Your Story’ exhibition launch also took place on January 21st at the Grand Theatre. The project promotes Swansea’s community history through the creation of an online digital archive. The exhibition was also covered on the ITV welsh news.

The Hafod-Morfa Copperworks project is continuing to develop with help and support from local people. Project activities include an upcoming event next Monday, February 17th, at the Hafod Community Centre led by Gwent Glamorgan Archaeological Trust to launch the Copper Slag Project and to update everyone on the archaeological works that have been completed at the Hafod site so far (contact the community archaeologist at GGAT on 01792 634236 or email for further details.)

The Connected Communities Project is now working alongside dozens of community groups from across our local area and across South Wales, focusing on researching, promoting and celebrating our community heritage. If you would like to learn more about our work please visit our homepage or contact me at / 01792 606587.

Very best wishes,










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