From Coal to Calon Lân: Swansea Valley stories revealed in new exhibition

The fascinating history of Swansea’s communities is revealed at a new public exhibition in the National Waterfront Museum.

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Miners HelmetsThe exhibition, which is free of charge, celebrates the success of the Connected Communities project, which works closely with local people and societies to research the heritage of the communities across the Swansea Valley area.  It had a successful launch at the National Waterfront Museum on September 20th that was attended by the local community, members of the Swansea University team and the project partners. The exhibition includes materials and objects from six local projects, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which have been co-designed by the Connected Communities project and the local communities involved. 

Kate Spiller from the Connected Communities team at Swansea University said:

“The research varies greatly in focus - from coal mining and Welsh poetry to Chinese immigration and local photography.  It all makes for a fascinating exhibition.

The project team work closely with local and national partners that support these community projects including local and national museums, library and archive services, art galleries and the local archaeological trust. 

The exhibition will also show how community projects can shape the future development of the Swansea Valley.  For example, a major heritage-led urban regeneration project – Cu @ Swansea - will breathe new life into the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks and the landscape of the lower Swansea Valley."

The exhibition runs in the White Wall Gallery at the National Waterfront Museum, from 21 September to 17 November 2013.  It is open to the public and free of charge. 

The Connected Communities project, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and led by Professor Huw Bowen and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, has built sustainable links between Swansea University and local community groups and continues to support and develop local community research. 

Contact Kate Spiller, Project Co-ordinator: (

For more information on CU @ Swansea please visit

Photograph:  Maesydderwen Project image credited to Connected Communities Project, Swansea University.