A Living History festival will breathe life back into the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks on Saturday 14 June, giving local people a chance to explore and enjoy the site, which was once at the heart of Swansea’s world-leading copper industry.
The event, which is free and open to all, celebrates the completion of the first phase of regeneration works at the historic site, which now includes new trails, interpretation panels and a digital audio trail.
Visitors will be able to walk the site’s new heritage trails and enjoy the artwork that has just been installed. This includes a miniature version of the dozens of chimneys that dominated the Lower Swansea Valley in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Picture: the chimneys at Hafod works on the banks of the river Tawe.
The site now also has audio technology, which tells the stories of people who would have worked at the site in its heyday in the 1850s.
• The event runs from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday 14th June.
• The site is next to Landore Park and Ride, SA1 2LE, near the Liberty Stadium.
• The event is free and open to all.
• No need to book – just turn up. Parking available on site.
A wide range of performers, community groups and schools are coming together to provide entertainment on the day. Activity includes
• Talks on the Welsh copper industry, and the copper-beer connection.
• Children’s creative copper-themed workshops, puppet making and story-telling
• Music from Stu’s Gastric Band, Andy Tamlyn Jones, Bear Bones Folk
• Dance from Tipyn o Bopeth, Welsh traditional dance group and Morriston Indian Dance group.
• Performance from schools: Maesydderwen, Ysgol Bryn Tawe, Hafod Primary, Pentrehafod, Mount Zion Chapel group
• Community films
• Innovative interactive sound exhibit developed by Swansea University.
• A brass band on the new Swansea Community Boat, Copper Jack.
There will also be a chance to watch copper being made on the site and strike your own commemorative coins.
The CU@Swansea project to preserve and regenerate the site is being led by Swansea University and Swansea Council.
The project has been funded by a grant of £540,000 Cadw's Heritage Tourism Project with funds from Welsh Government, the European Regional Development Fund, and the City and County of Swansea. In the last two years, an additional £500,000 has been allocated by the Regeneration Area programme to fund a range of projects on site.
Picture: Original plaque in the works marking the completion of building in 1862: V and S stands for Vivian and Sons.
Professor Huw Bowen, who’s leading the project team on behalf of Swansea University, said:
“The Living History Festival will give us a chance to celebrate and reflect on all that’s been achieved so far.
This has included the preservation of several at-risk buildings, the clearance of vegetation and the introduction of pathways to open up a site that’s of major international historic significance.
“The festival won’t just be a fun and educational experience for people of all ages – it will also give visitors the chance to see proposals for the site in future and offer their ideas on how we can move forward from here.
This is just the start of an exciting journey that to conserve our past and develop a visitor destination that will once again raise the profile of the Hafod community.
It’s especially encouraging that we’re able to work in such close partnership with Swansea Council and the Welsh Government on a scheme of this importance.”
More information www.welshcopper.org.uk
Download the event flyer/poster: Living History Festival flyer/poster - 14 June 2014
- Wednesday 4 June 2014 12.48 BST
- Friday 13 June 2014 10.23 BST
- RIAH, Swansea University