The Hafod-Morfa Copperworks Project – CU@Swansea – which is supported by the Connected Communities project, won The Parthian and Library of Wales Award for Outstanding Impact in Culture, the Arts, and Sport.
The award was presented by Richard Davies of Parthian Books and Library of Wales at the Swansea University Impact Awards on June 12th.
2014 sees the launch of the Swansea University Impact Awards, which celebrate the breadth and depth of the impact of the University’s research. Nominations were invited for six Award categories. Each Award was open to researchers at all career stages and to research groups, partnerships and projects.
Judges’ comments on the Hafod Copperworks Project:
“Significant engagement at different levels in professional disciplines through the school children, bringing about significant impact on the culture of Wales”
“Wide ranging impacts and raising the profile of Swansea University in a world context”.
Following the twentieth-century decline of the copper industry, the Lower Swansea Valley became a by-word for British post-industrial blight, giving rise to the view among Swansea residents that their industrial history was best obliterated. As a result, little survived of the copper works and there was no interpretation to inform public understanding of the industry’s past. Led by Professor Huw Bowen, a range of activities was undertaken to raise awareness of the importance of Swansea’s copper industry, and to persuade regeneration and planning officers in local and Welsh government of the untapped cultural potential of the former smelting sites. Research on the copper industry by Swansea historians has acted as a catalyst for the regeneration of the former Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site in the Lower Swansea Valley.
www.welshcopper.org / www.swanseavalleyhistory.com for more information.