Last Saturday the White Rock Project held it’s project celebration at the Swansea Museum stores with 79 people through the door, exceeding all our expectations especially on such a foul day.
The Digital Trails app, presented by Adam and the MEng students, was a hot topic of conversation and is at the heart of the HLF project. We now have more organisations interested in adopting it to their own sites: Swansea Community Boat Trust (the Black Prince), Clydach Heritage Centre, the Heart of Wales Line, Swansea Council and the Swansea University Sustainability Team, and an enquiry from Aberystwyth to bring it full circle.
Rob Hulme took over every vertical and horizontal space he could find with his displays at the event and led a group of hardy souls through the rain for the site walk. Students Stacey and Dominic’s work on the earliest known White Rock that was on display excited much comment, with requests for copies.
We were delighted that Ken Frederickson, the last White Rock Ferry man, came despite frailty. In Tudor’s words, “… Ken Frederickson was thrilled to bits, our star was star struck!!” A sight I will remember for a long time is the blue bus full of people listening raptly to Tudor and Janet’s oral histories.
Another student volunteer Teresa did a fantastic job organising the day. It is entirely to her credit that everything went so smoothly and everyone had such a good time.
We will start site clearance before Easter, working with Swansea Council. Get your wellies and gloves ready …
Many thanks again to everyone who supported us on the day and to those who continue to support the White Rock Project!