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Thursday, 9 September 2010

iwa Conference: History, Heritage & Urban Regeneration

A iwa conference on the 14th October will launch the start of a new project ‘History, Heritage and Urban Regeneration: The Global and Local Worlds of Welsh Copper’. This project, funded by the ESRC, is a partnership project led by Swansea University with the RCAHMW, the University of Glamorgan, the National Museum of Wales and the City and County of Swansea and aims to use the extensive high quality research that has been carried out on the Welsh Copper industry to increase academic and public awareness of what is seen as the first truly global industry.

The Upper Bank Copper Works during excavation 2008.
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Between 1760 and 1890 a large proportion of the world’s smelted copper was produced in the Lower Swansea and Neath Valleys of South Wales (between 1780-1790, 50% of the worlds smelted copper), and during this time up to 40% of this output was exported to overseas markets. While copper ore initially came from Cornwall, over time the source supply moved to Anglesey, then Chile, the Caribbean and South Australia.  This globalizing of the welsh copper industry had a marked effect on the industrial, social, cultural and urban development of Swansea and this new project sets out to inform understanding and interpretation of this process. In addition to the conference, the project outcomes will include a new temporary exhibition to be staged at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea next year in conjunction with a virtual web equivalent and touring exhibition.

Model showing the 1910 Engine House and engine at the Hafod & Morfa Copperworks.
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The iwa conference will examine the past, present and future of regeneration strategies in Swansea, and well as the relationship between heritage and regeneration with a view to identify best practice. To find out more and download a registration form go to

To find out more about the Upper Bank Copper works or the Hafod and Morfa Copper works visit Coflein at

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