Community Projects (2012 – 2014)

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 the below links for information on projects that we have co-developed and supported across our local communities between 2012-14:

Llansamlet History Society – Sharing Llansamlet’s Past

The Llansamlet Historical Society project ‘Sharing Llansamlet’s Past’ has been cataloging and then digitising the group’s extensive collection of photographs and documents, creating a digital archive and school packs and sharing them with the local community.

Researching the Mining History of the Upper Swansea Valley – Maesydderwen School, Ystradgynlais

Maesyrdderwen School have been conducting a project entitled ‘Researching the Mining History of the Upper Swansea Valley’ to inform local school children  about the local community’s mining heritage and legacy. The team, including of Swansea University student volunteers and researchers, have been conducting research on the local mining history to gather materials a performance at the school.

Old Clydach – Clydach Heritage Centre

Clydach Heritage Centre’s project entitled ‘Memories of Old Clydach’ explores the transformation of the village through the decades. The project team, including Swansea University student volunteers and researchers, are gathering the memories of the local residents in the form of oral history interviews and photographs and will translate research into materials for schools. The society have been holding local community events to engage with the community and to produce exhibitions to display their research and to tell the stories of the local community.

Chinese Immigration in Swansea – Swansea Chinese Community Co-operative

The Chinese Community Co-operative’s project has been researching the history of Chinese immigration in Swansea. The project team, including Swansea University student volunteers and researchers, have been conducting research into local first generation immigration using local archive materials and by interviewing local members of the elderly Chinese community. Gathered research has translated into digital stories and made available online.

The White Rock Digital Trails Project – an Oral History- Historical Association, Swansea

‘The White Rock Digital Trails Project – An Oral History’ is led by a local branch of the Historical Association, Swansea. The project seeks to create a digital trail around the White Rock site in Landore using oral history recordings to tell the story of the site and the adjacent site of the former Hafod Copperworks.

The Daniel James Project – Treboeth Historical Society

Treboeth Historical Society and their team, including Swansea University student volunteers and researchers, have been working with local school children to research the life of a famous poet Daniel James who is the composer of Calon Lan, to produce an animated life story . The team have been holding workshops at which local school children will work alongside an animation team to transform gathered research into the short animated film made available online.

Swansea: A Town and City in Photographs – Swansea Your Story

A project entitled ‘Swansea, a Town and City in Photographs’ run by the group Swansea Your Story are digitally preserving photographs and memories of Swansea’s past. The project will also create an online digital timeline that will document the development of the city through the 1940s to the modern day accompanied by collated research. The project team also run community workshops and will hold an exhibition that will display highlights from the projects photographic archive.

Coal, Coal, Our Country Needs Coal, BRAG – Bryn Residents Action Group

Bryn Residents Action Groups (BRAG) are researching the history of coal mining in the villageof Bryn before and during the industrial revolution, and the project focuses on the influence that local coal had on the metal industries around the area. The project will catalogue the growth, the glory, and the demise of the golden era of Bryn when coal was king and will include the social aspect of village life. The information collected for this project will be based on interviews, photographs and memorabilia, visits, archive information and different forms of research carried out by members of local Historical Societies.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *