We’re having a living history festival on the 14th June why not turn up for some fun, frolics and live copper smelting!
Yesterday Professor Huw Bowen gave an excellent paper at the Where Waters Meet conference in Swansea on the copperworks. His two most salient points were:
1) Swansea was, in his opinion, the first industrialised town in the world. Where more people worked in manufacturing and associated industries than in agriculture.
2) Swansea’s copper industry was the first globally integrated industry in the word with raw materials being imported into Swansea from Spain, Cuba, Chile, Venezuela, South Africa, Australia and North America. While finished products where exported as far a field as India.
Hopefully the copperworking area can be regenerated soon to show just how important and outward looking it really was.
Here are a few photographs of Harriet’s tour of the copperworks during the open day. Kindly provided to us by Ivor Williams and Teresa Hillier, thank you both.
Our volunteers cleaned all the artefacts recovered from the excavations at the copperworks in the Swansea Museum’s Collection Centre (the building that was once the rolling mill for the Morfa Copperworks). We brought all of the cleaned finds back to the office on Tuesday and are now starting to analysis them.
However, some of the more modern finds we recovered were recorded on site and left for future archaeologists to find again!
We also found some artefacts from other areas of the site and left them in situ.
Sadly this is our last day and we’ve been taking down the fences and back filling all our divets and holes. (Don’t worry we’ve left the cobbles exposed!)
A big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, you’ve made our job so much fun with all your hardwork and joy.
Just some of our lovely volunteers.