Gower Archaeology Day , 12 November …


2016 is the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the fist AONB in the UK.

To mark and celebrate this event the Gower Society and the Gower Landscape Partnership have organised a Gower Archaeology Day when archaeologists, historians and landscape managers will trace the story of Gower’s past from the Stone Age cave dwellers to 18th century Swansea, reveal how new knowledge is gained and, with this improved understanding, how we are all better able to manage and protect Gower’s rich heritage – our legacy!


The event is from 9am to  5pm on Saturday 12 November at The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. For further details here.

Swansea Copper Folk on the Copper Jack, 16 October …

Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton invite you to come and join us on our next song and music trip aboard Copper Jack on Sunday 16th October 2016.  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: http://copperfolk.wixsite.com/copperfolk

RISW/HA History Day, Saturday 24 September …

The Royal Institution of South Wales is collaborating with the Swansea Branch of the Historical Association for the second year to present History Day.

The free all-day event is open to the public and will take place at Swansea Museum (morning and lunchtime) and the National Waterfront Museum (afternoon)

Swansea Museum

10.10:    Gerald Gabb: Launch of the Swansea History Journal (Minerva)

10.30:    Richard Daugherty: Swansea’s Turnpike Roads

11.30:    Jeff Childs: The Parish Churches of the Lordship of Gower

12.40–13.20: Lunchtime seminar: ‘We can find ways of keeping Swansea Museum open and active’

Waterfront Museum

14.15:    John Ashley: Swansea Aviation Pioneers

15.15:    Gerald Gabb: A stroll through Swansea’s streets, as once they were


John Ashley

Hafod-Morfa litter pick, 16 July …

Friends of Hafod Morfa are planning a litter pick and weeding session at the Hafod Morfa site from 9:30 – 12:30 this Saturday 16 July.

You might like to come for the whole thing, call in later, or head off earlier, according to your schedules but you’d be made very welcome. Bring your gardening gloves and gardening tools of choice – the Friends will bring the litter picking gear from Keep Wales Tidy. Look forwards to seeing as many of you as can make it.


Art at the Hafod online exhibition …

‘Art @ the Hafod:  the Spirit of Place’ took place at the historic Hafod-Morfa Copperworks, which was one of the primary centres of industry in South Wales and integral to community life in the Lower Swansea Valley.  Participants of all ages had a unique chance to respond to this site of rich heritage through observational drawings and painting as part of the event.  Over the course of the day each visitor created some investigative drawings from points of interest. At various times, the group explored the findings, discussed the drawings and what might make a final piece.  With guidance from artist, Dan Llywelyn Hall, members of the group had the opportunity to develop their observational skills and gain confidence with drawing and painting.


Reference and Local Studies book sale, Central Library, 18/19 June …

There will be a Reference and Local Studies book sale on Saturday and Sunday, 18 & 19 June, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm, in the Discovery Room on the first floor of Central Library.
The Local Studies stock is ex-lending material (not part of our important antiquarian Local Studies Collections) relating to Swansea and Gower in the main, but with some books of a broader Welsh interest.
The ex-Reference books cover everything from stamp guides to encyclopaedias and there will also be some general, ex-lending non-fiction books on history, family history and transport (good for railway enthusiasts!) etc.

Hafod-Morfa litter pick and weed, 22 June …

I know if may not feel like summer but the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site needs a bit of weeding and litter clearing so I am proposing an afternoon session on Wednesday 22 June between 2:00 and 4:00pm.

You might like to come for the whole thing, call in later, or head off earlier, according to your schedules but you’d be made very welcome. Bring your gardening gloves and gardening tools of choice – I’m hoping to get litter picking gear from Keep Wales Tidy.

Grateful if you could let me know if you’re available – bring your gardening gloves and gardening tools of choice – I have three sets of equipment for litter picking that I can bring along and I’m trying to get hold of more.