Monthly Archives: July 2013

Industrial heritage researcher from France – help wanted

We have had an enquiry from a French researcher working in Swansea until September. If you can contribute to this research please respond via

“I am a researcher student in Anthropology. I work on digital images and industrial heritage concerning the urban areas of Saint-Etienne (France) and Swansea. I am interested in pictures and writings posted by Internet users.

“I currently live in Swansea for my fieldwork (until September 2). I would like to meet people who display online images related to the South Wales industrial heritage. I particularly seek to get in touch with former and current industrial workers (miners and steelworkers), but also generally speaking with people involved around this issue. Perhaps you could provide me some suggestions?”

Heart of Wales Line – History and Heritage

The Swansea Branch of the Historical Association and the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University are considering launching a project on the History and Heritage of the Heart of Wales Line. Project Meeting to discuss project plans: 12 August 2013, 2.30pm in the Ocean Room, National Waterfront Museum. Heart of Wales meeting 12 August 2013

Local History . . . Live! 2013

The third Local History . . . Live! organised by the Swansea Branch of the Historical Association will take place on Saturday 12 October in the National Waterfront Museum. The exhibitors will be in the main hall, with overflow in the gallery.

The centre piece this year is the 60 Second Show and Tell. A stage will be set up in the centre of the main hall. Contributors are given 60 seconds maximum to showcase their object and describe its use and importance. There will be a chair to ensure timekeeping and fair play, and to ring a bell at time out.

Steph Mastoris, Director of the Museum, and Industrial Curator Ian Smith will chair the show and provide expert commentary. Swansea Museum will bring along a selection of ‘touching objects’, and I have a feeling they will be a source of mystery objects too! All will be in a spirit of good fun to engage existing and new visitors in local history events. Bring your objects on the day to amaze and mystify.


Laugharne Festival of Heritage

Laugharne Festival of Heritage, Arts and Crafts will be held at Laugharne Castle on Tuesday 23 July, 10am-4pm. Peter Rees will represent the HA Swansea branch in his talk ‘The Monastic Experience: Wales 1000-1200‘ at 2.30pm. Before that at 11am, branch secretary Colin James will give a talk on behalf of Swansea University’s Dept of Adult Continuing Education on ‘Gerald of Wales: the Man‘.  If you attend the event, please note that no seating will be provided this year, so take something to sit on (or stand).

HA at Carmarthen County Museum

The Branch is providing speakers at Carmarthenshire County Museum’s Archaeology Day on 20 July. The morning talk will be by Charles Enright MSC, PIFA, CBA, Community Archaeologist with the National Trust, who will speak about the Dolaucothi Gold Mines. In the afternoon Nick Barley will speak on Roman Military History.

Historical Association at Neath Abbey

HA Swansea Branch participated in Cadw’s Festival of Heritage, Arts and Crafts last Saturday, 6 July. The branch’s very own shining medieval knight, Dave Coley, features strongly toward the end. He must have roasted in the sun! See the event on YouTube, Neath Abbey Festival.