Monthly Archives: August 2015

Connected Communities Festival film …

Connected Communities Festival – Short Film Now Available / Community Engagement and Research News

I am delighted to update everyone that a short film documenting the AHRC Connected Communities Festival that took place at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks on June 25th is now available to view here:

Made by our colleagues at the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University and contributed to by the Connected Communities team and community partners, the film discusses the many community research projects that the Connected Communities project supports and how we collaboratively continue to research and celebrate the heritage and history of the Swansea Valley.

The film also showcases the diverse range of community-focused and led activities, projects and future initiatives that will take place at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks as the site enters into a new phase of development focused on creating a vibrant, multi-purpose place for work, education, leisure, and commercial activity in and around this hugely important industrial heritage site. For further information on the exciting developments at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks please visit the website here:

Also, Taliesin Arts Centre , in conjunction with its Associate artist Owen Griffiths and young people Hillside Secure Unit in Neath, are working on an arts project focused on food , growing and cooking . This project may also extend into activities in Usk. They are looking for an academic or postgraduate student who might be interested in looking at how these activities may form part of a research project.

We would also like to know whether anyone is interested in looking at the impact of the Vetch Veg project on community cohesion and involvement of residents from a BME background:

Hope you’re having a wonderful summer,


RISW History Day, 26 September …

John Ashley will give a talk on White Rock at the History Day to be held on Saturday 26 September in Swansea Museum. The event is held in conjunction with the Historical Association’s Swansea Branch. Details of a very full day, including the launch of the latest Minerva, at the RISW web site.


Local & Family History Fair 2015 …

The Local & Family History Fair 2015 will be held for the fifth year at the National Waterfront Museum on Saturday 10 October. Formerly Local History . . . Live!, the event has been expanded to reflect the varied interests of participants and visitors.

All organisations with an interest in local or family history (indeed any kind of history!) are welcome to exhibit at this free event. Watch out over the next couple of months for news of additional attractions.

Participation and entry is free. Enquiries and bookings to, 0770 9900 788.

The Local & Family History Fair 2015 is organised by the Swansea Branch of the Historical Association.

John Ashley, Chair

Swansea Copper Folk cruise, 23 August …

Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton invite you to come and join us on our next song and music trip aboard Copper Jack on Sunday 23rd August 2015.  All aboard by 3.45pm for 4pm sailing.  Bring your voices and instruments to make music as we cruise on the River Tawe for an hour and a half and then have more music until 6.30 while moored in Swansea Marina outside the National Waterfront Museum.

Cost is £5 per person.  Places are limited so please book early.

To find out more details and make a booking please visit our website:


HA trip to St Fagan’s and Llantwit Major, 22 August …

Places are still available on this trip on Saturday 22 August. Only £10 for members and £12 for non-members to have a full day out including transport and entry fees!

Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of St Teilo’s Church at St Fagan’s with a senior curator, and a guided tour of St Illtud’s Church at Llantwit Major. There will be plenty of free time at both venues to explore.

Full details at HA Trip Saturday AUGUST 22nd