Monthly Archives: October 2015

Lots of Hafod-Morfa Happenings in November …

Dear Friends

Please find attached news from The Hafod-Morfa Copperworks and a list of events coming up.


We aim to submit an application for funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund in December. We are hoping to secure funds to construct the next phase of the long term plan to develop a unique mixed use urban development  and an inspiring space to visit, work, live and learn in.  We want to ensure that we engage as many individuals and groups in the process and particularly in further research, projects and interpretation to bring the site’s past to life.  More detail about the content of the bid will be available at a meeting on the 9th November. In the meantime, we invite your input on four key questions;

Have we got the plan of community engagement in research and interpretation right?

How do we bring the Musgrave Engine back to life and can you help?

Do you have any general comments on the Purcell masterplan  that we should consider?

How should we generate income from tickets to run a visitor centre?

We will shortly be posting more information about these four questions in a private group on the VocalEyes website see here to be set up soon.  It is free and easy to register and join in a  series of conversations about the future of the city.  The website allows you to rate ideas, make comments, read the comments of others and propose actions and working groups. We hope to make more of this technology as we proceed with the HLF bid.

In the meantime, a report of the Connected Communities Exchange Event can be seen on our website. This reports on the day and proposes a wish-list of community research and activities that we would like to include in the HLF bid.

A video of the event can also be viewed.

The masterplan can be viewed here


Friends of Hafod-Morfa Copperworks Meeting, Monday 9th November at 6pm at the Landore Social Club

We will be discussing the HLF bid and the questions above.

Tidy-Up Session

A group of the Hafod-Morfa Friends will be meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Monday 2 November for an autumn tidy-up and litter pick of the site – we’d welcome additional Friends and supporters to join us. Supported by Keep Wiles Tidy.

Being Human Festival

Swansea University is delighted to be hosting a festival hub as part of Being Human 2015

Two events are based at Hafod-Morfa Copperworks;

Art at the Hafod- The Spirit of Place on Monday 16 November 11.00am-16.00pm offers a chance to respond to this site of rich heritage through observational drawings and painting with guidance from inspirational artist, Dan Llewelyn Hall –

FREE admission. Book now:  or enquiries to

The Young Heritage Apprentice Thursday 12 November, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

‘The young heritage apprentice’, aimed at 14–18-years-olds, challenges school teams to develop a project associated with Cu @ Swansea, an ambitious heritage-led regeneration initiative focusing on the 12.5 acre site of the former Hafod-Morfa copperworks in the Lower Swansea Valley. It is led by Huw Bowen, professor of public history at Swansea University, in association with the City and County of Swansea. After visiting the site of the copperworks on 12 November, selected teams will present their ideas to a panel of judges on 19 November at the National Waterfront Museum. The day will culminate in an awards ceremony.

Free Admission | Application process applies by contacting

Please contact me for more information about any of the above.

Best wishes,

Stuart Griffin
Hafod Copperworks Development Project
College of Arts and Humanities
Swansea University
Singleton Park

01792 602617

Follow the Cu @ Swansea copper project at

Find us on Facebook;!/pages/Hafod-Morfa-Copperworks/381169952010109

See photos of the project on Flickr

Working Days Monday 9-5, Wednesday 9-5, Friday 9-12.30.


Wildlife Trust November Work Party Programme …

Hope you will be so kind as to send this out to your mailing list again. We’ve done it slightly differently this time, in that upon interest/contact, volunteers receive full list of when and where the next months work parties will be e.g. November Programme, this way we have some idea of who/how many will turn up.

November Programme 2015

NovDec Programme poster 2015

Tara Daniels
West Glamorgan’s Wild Woodland Project Officer (WGWW)
07855009622 / 01656 724100 /

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, The Nature Centre, Fountain Road, Tondu, Bridgend CF32 0EH


Hafod-Morfa Site Tidy Up, 2 November …

Hafod-Morfa Site – Tidy Up – Monday 2 November at 4:00 p.m.

A currently small group of the Hafod-Morfa Friends will be meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Monday 2 November for an autumn tidy-up and litter pick of the site – but we’d welcome additional Friends and supporters to join us.

Hope to see you there – fingers crossed for a dry day!

For updates – also see us on Facebook.

and Twitter

White Rock talk at Swansea Railway Modellers Group, 27 October …

Please note this lecture is approaching fast: 7.00 for 7.30pm on Tuesday 27 October 2015 in the 1st Floor former Chapel at the Club’s premises at 300 Carmarthen Road.  Access to our premises is at the rear of the building as usual and plenty of off-road car parking is available.  The Lecture will be given by John Ashley with support from Rob Hulme and Tudor Price and will talk about the history of The White Rock Copper Works, a key component of Swansea’s industrial past. If you wish to know more please visit the Friends of White Rock website detailed above. Our railway club will serve tea, coffee and biscuits during the course of the evening.

This is expected to be a popular lecture given by those who really know their subject and you are strongly recommended to attend. If you are not a Club member please let me know so that adequate seating and refreshments can be made available. There will be no charge but you may leave a donation if you wish although this is not obligatory.

Noel Blows
Swansea Railway Modellers Group


ITV Wales at White Rock! …

James Crichton-Smith of ITV Wales will be filming at White Rock on Thursday 22 October, 10.30 to 12.30. The film will feature on ITV News Wales at 6. James will explore the site and talk to some of our volunteers.

The date of broadcast depends on what else is happening that day, so set your recorders!

This is the first time TV has been to White Rock since Time Team in 2008. Come along to watch the fun, and maybe join in the vegetation clearance or litter picking – we have something for everyone.

Swansea Bay Reborn, 18 November …

Swansea Bay Reborn

18th November 2015, 5.45pm – 8.00pm

Principal Lecture Theatre, The Great Hall, Swansea University Bay Campus, Swansea SA1 8QQ

The Institute of Welsh Affairs, in association with the Institute of Directors, is convening a forum to inform the people of Swansea and West Wales about the exciting projects currently in place to enhance the advancement of the area.

Swansea Bay was a vital and dynamic component in pioneering Britain’s Industrial Revolution; dominating in the smelting of copper, the mining of coal and the manufacture of tinplate, steel and other metals, all with global trading and financial links.
But since the decline in these industries, the area has suffered a clear loss of identity.

However, initiatives such as the Tidal Lagoon and the transformation of Swansea’s waterfront by two universities has given the Bay considerable signs of hope, and engendered a new confidence to be shared by the whole of West Wales.

To find out more the IWA has convened a panel who are able to share with the general public the potential economic benefits to the region as well as answering any questions posed.
Chaired by Mai Davies, the panel includes:

• Sir Terry Matthews
• Professor Iwan Davies, Pro Vice Chancellor, Swansea University
• Ioan Jenkins, Wales Development Director, Tidal Lagoon
• Anwen Robinson, SVP, Unit4
• Huw Jenkins/Leigh Dineen, SWANS
• Mal Pope, SWANS & Film and Media Industry

Tickets for this event are free, but please reserve your ticket by clicking… .

If you have any queries about this event, please contact Laura Knight on 02920 484 387 or email

Cynefin Tithe Maps Workshop, 10 November …

The Cynefin project is digitising the tithe maps of Wales and is looking for volunteers to help with the transcription work online.

The workshop at Glamorgan Archives will provide an opportunity for potential volunteers to get to grips with the Cynefin website, and to learn about the different tasks which volunteers can contribute to online. There is no commitment in terms of volunteering hours, we would be grateful for any contribution.

We would appreciate if those who are interested could contact us to register for the event to avoid disappointment on the day, as there are a limited number of computers available at the archives. Our contact details are on the leaflet. Next to the Cardiff City football ground. A nice new building.

Cynefin Workhop 10 November 2015 EnglishCynefin Workhop 10 November 2015 Welsh


Help Restore a Vintage Swansea Tram …

Recently the Amman Valley Railway Society rescued a vintage Swansea tram from the Brecon Beacons National Park, and our aim is to restore this 135-year-old historic gem to its former glory for the benefit of generations to come.

However, we’re a small charity with insufficient resources to finance the restoration ourselves.

Consequently we’re launching a crowd funding website with Indiegogo to help raise the money we need.

The site will go live this coming Thursday October 8th, and I’m appealing to you for your support on that day. According to Indiegogo, the more we can raise on day one, the more likely we are to meet our target of £28,000.

And every donation will help, no matter how small.

find out more about our charity at, and more about our appeal at

The money we raise from this appeal will be spent on the tools and materials we need to carry out initial restoration work on the tram.

Please help us by spreading the word about our campaign via FaceBook, Twitter and and any other social media networks you use.

I’m looking forward to your support,

Mike Smith

Welsh Wildlife Volunteer Programme October …

Please find the October volunteer programme attached, which I’d be very grateful if you would advertise and pass on to your contacts and mailing lists.

Welsh Wildlife October 2015 work programme

If you know of anyone who would really like to come, but is struggling due to transport, I will have a very limited number of spaces available (3) on first come first served basis from an en-route pick up point (to be agreed).

Thank you very much.

Kind regards,

Tara Daniels

West Glamorgan’s Wild Woodland Project Officer (WGWW)
07855009622 / 01656 724100 /

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, The Nature Centre, Fountain Road, Tondu, Bridgend CF32 0EH