A big thank you to everybody who came to our launch of CuSP (that’s the Copper Slag Project) on Monday night and showed so much enthusiasm for the project.
The evening started of with a cup of tea (as all good evenings should) and then Sophie spoke about last years community excavation at the Hafod Copperworks and the on going post-excavation work for the site. We hope to able to post the full report here on the blog in the next week or two, so keep your eyes peeled. After Sophie’s talk a number of people asked some interesting questions about the project and Jan was able to impart the exciting news of a new sculpture for the area around Trench 3. (This was the original entrance to the works by the Landore Social Club.) Councillor White was also able to tell use a little bit about Swansea Council’s plan for the restoration of it’s historic buildings. See the news story here: http://swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=57242
After the questions Jan talked about our latest community project, the recording of copper slag which has been used as a construction material. There was huge interest from the audience in the project and we signed up lots of new volunteers, who will soon be out recording the history of Swansea.
Chris James, one of our volunteers in the Heritage Environment Record, was in the audience for the launch. So when he was busy working away in the HER and saw some photographs of copper slag coping blocks he knew we’d be interested. He wasn’t wrong! This a photograph of a section of wall on the Tennant Canal:
So, the photographs have started to come in, but there are still lots of sites out there. If you know of more or would like the chance to record some of Swansea’s fascinating history why not contact Jan and get involved.