The Global and Local Worlds of Welsh Copper

Copper project The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has awarded Swansea University and its partners £95,000 to raise awareness of the rich heritage of a once internationally-famed Welsh copper industry. This partnership will embrace academia, the heritage sector and local and global communities to tell the story of Welsh copper through a national travelling exhibition, websites, social media, 3D animations and a host of events.

Through high-quality research from a range of scholars, the Copper Project will explore and communicate the development of Welsh copper as the first fully integrated global industry. It will examine its role in multiple aspects including technological innovations, international trade and Atlantic slavery, cultural and social consequences, and its aftermath in reclamation and regeneration.

Situated in the region that was at the heart of the industry, the project will also seek to have a positive impact on local policy making in urban regeneration, heritage and education. This will place particular emphasis on contextualising the interpretation and care of the extensive industrial archaeological sites of world significance that are located in the Lower Swansea Valley, and to contribute to the ongoing development of the knowledge economy in the local area and more broadly across Wales.

For further information, visit the project website.