The Lower Swansea Valley was at the heart of the global copper trade for over 200 years. When the industry declined in the twentieth century, much of the valley was left polluted and the abandoned copper works were largely demolished.
Only a few buildings belonging to the former Hafod Morfa Copperworks survive as evidence of Swansea’s significance in the story of this global industry.
For over a decade, researchers at Swansea University have developed a programme of research, community engagement and heritage-led regeneration around Swansea’s globally significant copper industry.
With funding and support from Cadw, Swansea Council, the National Waterfront Museum, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, and UKRI researchers have been able to explore how this heritage can contribute to the future development of the city, and engage local communities.