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Wanted: Memories to help bring new life to key city site

The history of an historic Swansea industrial site is being brought alive thanks to the memories of people who have known it through the decades.


A National Lottery Heritage Fund grant will see volunteers the Friends of Hafod Morfa Copperworks tell the story of the famous site. Their endeavours will include posting information on social media and on their website.

They will include stories from people who have family histories connected with the days when the location was a centre for heavy industry. 

The volunteers are eager to hear from other people whose tales can help keep alive the memories of the site that fell into disuse late last century. 

It's now undergoing a major transformation, with Swansea Council delivering a multi-million pound scheme bringing new business and leisure opportunities, including a new attraction from Wales' Penderyn Distillery. 

Robert Francis-Davies, the council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism said: "I'm so pleased that some of the old stories will be kept alive at this historically important site." 

Tom Henderson, chair of the Friends of Hafod Morfa Copperworks, said: "The main aim of the Lottery grant is to connect communities to their local heritage.  

"We'd love people to share their photos and stories with us as we are focusing on the history of the site. We want stories that people have about working in the copperworks or living close by - or even videos of people on the site today!"

Among those to have already given stories to the Friends are Keith Roberts, who lives in Swansea, and Ian Grage who now lives in New Zealand. 

Keith said: "My father started his working career in 1934 and he told me that his first posting was to the White Rock site, close to where the copperworks is now being redeveloped. In 1960 I arrived at the Landore works, to attend apprentice school." 

Ian said: "I went to work at Yorkshire Imperial Metals on this site in 1965, working first as laboratory assistant. I then moved to the test house which was originally down by the refinery but moved to the empty warehouse to the left of the rolling mill beside the Tawe." 

Other people who can offer Swansea copperworks memories, stories or photos to the Friends group should email them to hafodmorfacopper@gmail. Videos and selfies taken on site in recent times are also welcome. 

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Photo: Keith Roberts whose family memories of Swansea's Hafod Morfa Copperworks are being kept alive by he and volunteers.


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