CuSP is go!

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.

Jan talks about our latest community project at the launch of CuSP.

Jan talks about our latest community project at the launch of CuSP.

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:

Copper slag coping blocks topping a section of wall on the Tennant Canal

Copper slag coping blocks topping 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.

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Copper slag pavement

As well as launching CuSP Sophie will be talking about the results from last summers community excavation on Monday. Why not come along and learn more.

The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust

Back in July I talked about the watching-brief that Neil was conducting at the Hafod laboratory building (https://hafodcommunitydig.wordpress.com/2013/07/).  At the time he came across a small area of pavement made of copper slag blocks, which he’d never seen used around the copperworks before.  Yesterday I found an area of copper slag blocks on Walters Road, identical to the ones used at the Hafod copperworks.  These blocks had been used for decorative effect and were interspersed with stone paving blocks.

Image  The historic mapping produced by the Ordnance Survey doesn’t show this alley existing till after the 1940s, suggesting that this area of paving is relatively modern.  On this extract from the third edition (1919) OS mapping you can see that the alley (marked with a red arrow) is occupied by part of a pub.ImageDo you know of any other areas of copper slag paving or pieces of copper slag…

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Launching the latest community work at the copperworks

Building blocks made from copper slag, in the canal wall.

Building blocks made from copper slag, in the canal wall.

 

Hello folks, I hope 2014 has being going well for you.  At GGAT we’ve been busy beavering away at putting together our latest phase of commuity archaeology work at the Hafod Copperworks – CuSP.  Otherwise known as the Copper Slag Project.  Our community archaeologist Janet will be launching the project on Monday the 17th February at 18:00 in the Hafod Community Centre.  Why not come along and see whether you’d like to take part.  Everybody will be very welcome, so come along and have a chat with Janet.

CuSP launch