The Daniel James Project – Treboeth Historical Society

A short preview of the Daniel James animation is available here!

To request project outputs, including school packs, research materials, and animation DVDs, please email Kate Spiller, Connected Communities Project

Project Summary:

The Treboeth Historical Society have been working with Swansea University student volunteers, researchers and local schools to undertake a project to research and promote the life of the Swansea-born poet Daniel James, the composer of Calon Lan.

The project has translated James’ poetry and research materials into a short animated story that records the famous bard’s life. The project team has worked closely with a local animation company and, with the help of local school children and teachers, has made the animation widely available online.

The animation was debuted at Mynyddbach Chapel, the resting place of James, that was very well attended by the local community.

The research materials that have been gathered to inform the animation have been transformed into school packs and deposited with local schools who worked on the animation, as well as several others in the local area. The DVD and school packs have been deposited with West Glamorgan Archives Service, the Central Library, Swansea, Swansea University and the National Library, Aberystwyth.

Please click the links below to be kept up to date with project developments and events:

Work and research on Daniel James’ life continues. Events and exhibitions are continuing and news on events and developments will be available here. You can also visit the project blog above or the Mynyddbach Chapel and Treboeth History Society websites for more information.

Research Trips:

Our student researchers frequently go on research trips as part of the Daniel James Project. Below is a photograph taken at Blaengarw on a research trip to investigate the history relating to Daniel James and Calon Lan.

 For further information please contact:

Ivor Williams, Treboeth Historical or Kate Spiller, Connected Communities Project Coordinator:

Treboeth Historical Society’s project in the news:

An output of the Connected Communities Daniel James Project, the animated film on James’ life, has been shortlisted for the International Zoom Awards. More information available on the community blog here and on the Zoom website here!

Celebration for the completion of the animated film and the first public viewing of the film:

You can view the BBC news item that covered the premier here:

And the South Wales Evening post article here:

Other articles on the Daniel James Project:

BBC – Beverley Humphies’ World of Music:

Dr Gwenno Ffancon, part of the Swansea University research team, speaking on Peter Johnson on Good Morning Wales:

Swansea University’s Latest Research update:

Wales Online article:


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