Culture and Arts
Taliesin Arts Centre
The Taliesin Arts Centre sits at the heart of Swansea University's Singleton Park Campus. Taliesin hosts a broad programme of events including drama, traditional and contemporary dance and physical theatre, world music, jazz and fusion, and featuring cinema and live screenings too. Taliesin is a key element of the arts infrastructure of the region; as a venue for students, staff and the public, and as an organiser of events such as Dance Days, an annual festival across the city.
Swansea University hosts a wealth of student musical talent and music societies. The Choral Society is a mixed choir performing a repertoire spanning classical and popular music; the Musicians Society's ensembles include Orchestra, Wind Band, Big Band, String Group, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir and the Saxophone Ensemble; the Gospel Choir sings gospel and contemporary music; the Show Choir sing and dance through pop, rock and musicals; and the Live Music Society supports students to form bands of all styles and genres.
Richard Burton Archives
The Richard Burton Archives holds material of local, regional and national significance. The Archives holds collections covering a wide range of areas such as the South Wales coalfied and metallurgical industries, the papers of Wittgenstein's literary executor and emminent philosopher Rush Rhees, the papers of Raymond Williams, as well as many other delights. The Archives provides opportunities for students to work in and with the service through a range of academic modules and work experience.
South Wales Miners' Library
The South Wales Miners' Library (SWML) houses material collected over the past 40 years including photos, posters, banners, oral histories and books rescued from miners' institute libraries and donated from private collections. Almost every large mining community in South Wales had its own miners' institute, serving as a recreational, social and political centre. Generations of miners educated themselves through the miners' institute libraries, but many libraries were destroyed or dispersed in the 1960's. The Coalfield History Project rescued some of these collections, seen by historians as part of the heritage of South Wales.
The Egypt Centre
Do you fancy learning to write your name in hieroglyphs, practising the art of mummification or playing Tutankhamun’s favourite game? We even have real ancient objects over 3000 years old, which you can handle. The Egypt Centre is a small but lively museum of Egyptian antiquities with a collection of over 5000 objects including jewellery, weapons, coffins, mummified animals, etc. dating from 100,000BC to AD 500. It is free to visit and open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.
This award winning museum works closely with the community but also with our academic communities. It is particularly well known for its innovative volunteer programme. If you want to go into heritage or education work, this is the perfect place to volunteer. We have a high success rate in our volunteers going on to paid employment in schools, museums and heritage centres.
History of Computing Collection
The University’s History of Computing Collection contains equipment, software, archives, ephemera, oral histories, and videos. It was founded, in Autumn 2007, in order to study historically technological development and innovation and, especially, the relationship between computing technologies and people and society.
One important focus is the development of computing in Wales. We have found that by investigating the local history of computing we are better able to see and try to understand the complicated interplay of technical, social, economic and cultural "causes and effects".
The Collection is also interested in certain specialist areas of computing. The choice of these subjects reflects the interests of members of Swansea University and friends of the Collection. For example, we have an archive of L J Comrie, FRS (1893-1950), a pioneer of numerical methods, which contains notes and his collection of mathematical tables; and we have archives charting the development of theoretical computer science and formal methods for software engineering.