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Public Heritage and Community Regeneration

South Wales’s position as a major preserve of industrial heritage provided the insipiration for a project that is developing collaborative approaches to heritage-led regeneration.
Copperworks exhibition Swansea.

The RWIF project is working with Swansea Council and other third sector partners to ensure the completion of interpretation at the remains of the Hafod Morfa Copperworks in Swansea. In the nineteenth century the copperworks were one of the largest in the world. With our partners, we are creating a landmark site for heritage, learning, innovation and community engagement.

The copperworks site provides a fantastic place-based learning environment for public engagement activities with schools, colleges and community groups. The project is taking place-based learning approaches to embed the history and heritage of the region into KS2 and KS3 curriculum provision and is working with the homeless charities Wallich and Shelter and disadvantaged young people.

Photographer at the Copperworks, Swansea

Beyond Swansea and the copperworks, the project is also developing partnerships across south Wales to develop further collaborative approaches to heritage-led regeneration focused on regional heritage sites. In this, we hope to nurture the next generation of heritage expertise, through conservation and construction skills training, school curriculum development, FE courses, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. Linked to our MA in Public History and Heritage, as well as a solid track record of studentships, CHART was established through this project to sustain and support the work a University-wide, diverse and inter-disciplinary community of scholars and students, as well as partner organisations.

Project lead: David Turner. Project members: Alex Langlands, Hilary Orange, Tracy Evans, Sarah May and Mai Musie.

Project duration: 2021-2023

Contact: David

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