Plans to regenerate Swansea’s former Hafod copperworks site could also include a hotel and leisure complex.
Heritage Lottery funding has already been granted to set up a distillery and visitor centre to attract up to 50,000 visitors per year.
But a hotel complex has been earmarked by Swansea council which would also be used by sports fans attending matches at the nearby Liberty Stadium .
Council leader Rob Stewart said there was an “opportunity” for the scheme.
The copperworks dominated the world copper market for 150 years, but has lain derelict since 1980.
CU@Swansea, a partnership between the council and Swansea University, has been working since 2010 to preserve the buildings and heritage of the Grade II-listed works.
Along with those works, which form part of the Tawe corridor regeneration strategy, the Penderyn distillery would be the centrepiece of the project.
The hotel would be built on land which is used as a car park on match days for the Liberty.
Riverside homes, restaurants and water sports facilities make up the rest of the strategy.
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.
The Friends of Hafod-Morfa are going to be recording some oral histories of people who worked in the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks in the latter half of the twentieth century over the next few months. Over the last few years we have been approached by several people who want to share their stories and so we are going to train a handful of volunteers and start to record some of these.
I am wondering if you may be interested in being one of those volunteers. We have arranged a training session with Sian Williams from the Miners Library on the 16th May (Monday from 2.30 to 4.30pm. This session will explore the best practice involved in recording and some of the practical considerations, by working with some of the recordings in the library.
Some of the recipients of this email will already have experience of oral history from the White Rock project. You would be welcome to attend the training or not if you have experience.
Please get in touch if you would be interested in getting involved in this activity.
Hafod-Morfa Copperworks Development Project
College of Arts and Humanities
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Working Days Monday 9-5, Wednesday 9-5, Friday 9-12.30.
Hafod-Morfa walking tours start again on Wednesday 4 May, 2pm. Meet at Swansea Museum Collections Centre in the Landore Park and Ride. Booking advisable – 01792 467282. Hafod-Morfa Tours
If you’d like to know more about Swansea’s copper heritage and Swansea University’s involvement in the site’s development, why not join us on a walk around the Hafod Morfa Copperworks site on Saturday 9th April at 11:00 a.m. The walk will start from the Museum Collection Centre.
To book your place please phone the Museum Collection Centre on 01792- 467282
A birdseye view of the development of the Morfa Distributor Road along the banks of the River Tawe in Swansea. The fly-over also provides great shots of the Hafod Morfa Copperworks.
This video celebrates the June 2014 Living History Festival at Hafod-Morfa. It was filmed by Swansea University students for the completion of phase one of the regeneration of Morfa Copperworks at Hafod Swansea.
The day included a visit by the minister for natural resources, culture and sport, John Griffiths AM.