Yesterday Swansea Council and Swansea University signed a significant agreement to work together to give a future to the endangered copperworks sites still left in the lower Swansea valley, particularly those around the historic Hafod Works whose bicentenary is being celebrated this year. The story is covered here on BBC online.
Prof. Huw Bowen with whom I am working on the ESRC Global and Local Worlds of Welsh Copper project is leading efforts for a heritage-led regeneration of these sites of international significance. There is a long way to go but we hope that the project will raise much needed awareness amongst people in politics, business, culture, heritage, education and beyond of the importance of the heritage in copper in Wales, and more importantly, the connections it has with other industrial regions in Cornwall/West Devon, Anglesey, Ireland, south Australia, south Africa, Chile, Cuba and beyond with similarly rich copper histories.
Following the success and raised interested generated by the IWA symposium on History, Heritage and Urban Regeneration, the Copper Project has organised a free city-wide festival of copper, Swansea Copper Day, on Saturday 5 March 2011, a day of free events, activities, talks and tours.
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