Copperworks opening makes the paper

Copperworks opening makes the paper

The living history day to be held at the copperworks on June 14th has been written up in the Evening Post.  Have a read and then come along and see the action for yourself.  It’ll be an excellent afternoon of historical fun.

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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.

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

 

The school building survey

While we’ve been away Jan has been helping the school children of the Dylon Thomas Community School to stitch together the photographs taken during their building survey. This is western side of the Swansea Canal wall, which had been converted into a series of offices and small buildings for the Copperworks. Looks excellent if you ask me!

A total of five photographs were stitched together by the pupils of the Dylon Thomas Community School for this photograph.

A total of five photographs were stitched together by the pupils of the Dylon Thomas Community School for this photograph.

The joy of material culture

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.

One of our volunteers carfeully washes a sherd of 19th century ceramics.

One of our volunteers carfeully washes a sherd of 19th century ceramics.

However, some of the more modern finds we recovered were recorded on site and left for future archaeologists to find again!

Two late-20th century drinks cans (Tango and Lilt) recovered from Trench 3.

Two late-20th century drinks cans (Tango and Lilt) recovered from Trench 3.

We also found some artefacts from other areas of the site and left them in situ.

This object is a probable crucible, which would have been used to test the quality of the copper being produced on site.  We found this along the line of the Swansea Canal.

This object is a probable crucible, which would have been used to test the quality of the copper being produced on site. We found this along the line of the Swansea Canal.

 

Hafod Community Excavation Saturday 8th June- Open Day!!

Its finally arrived! It’s our big day…..our open day!

One and all are welcome to our open day today between 10:00 and 15:00. We have a lot of different activities going on throughout the day today for all ages including;

  • Photographic competitions- Simply take your best ‘shot’ at any of the local Hafod Wildlife, Archaeology/Buildings, the Hafod community or the people of the Copperworks.  Our age categories are Under 14s, 14-18 and 18+
  • Visiting the Swansea Museum’s stores to see all the fantastic collections and array of finds
  • Explore the Hafod site and see the new buildings uncovered and the new trails
  • The hidden treasures roadshow- come and bring along your Copperworks related objects and photographs
  • Walk along our various tours, including the Copperworks and community tour 10:30am- 12:30pm, Useful plants and wild food walks 11:00- 13:00, and our nature walks 11:30- 13:30
  • And finally come and visit our excavation site!

So now you have all the info…..Come on down and see us!

Day 8 – Friday

Well, where do I start?!  We’ve been pulling the volunteers here there and everywhere today with our training!

Excavation works have been continuing over at the site of trench 3, with various tasks being carried out.   Johnny has been carrying on with excavations along with some of the volunteers, expanding the area and removing the modern cements (!) and build up of flora.

The southern side of our north-south running wall has now been cleaned, revealing an astonishing set of cobbles, along with a beam slot and the remains of a wooden feature, that may  possibly be the lower section of of the original door still in situ!

Sophie, along with her gang of helpful volunteers, started on the task of recording the site.  With the volunteers taking the archaeological photographs and recording various deposits.  The survey skills taught by Andyt last Saturday were put into practice, with the volunteers undertaking the spot level recording across the site.

Whilst all this was occurring Jan was supervising the finds and making sure all was correctly washed, labelled and cataloged before training more volunteers in the art of  plane table survey.

Charlotte meanwhile was extremely busy with some building recording all along the back of the Hafod Copperworks Canal wall with a group of very excited volunteers.  This included a photographic survey and drawing record.

Further blog updates tomorrow and of course don’t forget to check out our other social media points at Twitter and Facebook.

Day 7 – Thursday

Today has been extremely busy and very productive.  Luckily, we had a lot of very eager and determined volunteers to help us out!

 At the start of the morning, we continued work on the cobbled area where we stopped at end of play on Wednesday.  We can now happily report that the volunteers have discover more cobbles!  The extent and condition of the cobbled floor is fantastic and has now been shown to extend over quite a large area extending to both the north and south of the original visible cobbled section.

In the afternoon we were graced with a visit from GGAT’s Web Manager, Paul Huckfield, who came to take lots of photos of the the volunteers, to be included in an upcoming web gallery for the project, so watch this space!

Volunteers at work

 

Newly exposed cobbled surface

Newly exposed cobbled surface