On the second day of the Where Waters Meet conference I went to an interesting workshop organised by Kate Spiller (once a GGAT archaeologist, now moved onto bigger things with Swansea University). While Kate has helped to organise lots of community projects around the city, of particular interest to me was the oral history project she is helping to run on the Hafod’s sister works, The White Rock Copperworks.
The White Rock works are located just across the river from the Hafod works and were opened 70 years earlier in 1736. Unfortunately Kate’s project doesn’t have the same access to funds as the regeneration programme at the Hafod works, but it’s incredible what you can achieve with a little bit of money and lot of enthusiasm and hard work.
The project is collecting oral histories from the surrounding community, which they intend to make publicly accessible using information boards and QR tags. Creating a history trail that will lead you round the site of the old works. Have a look at their website:
Once these two copperworks were rivals, but together hopefully they can help regenerate the Lower Swansea valley.