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Over 70 volunteers keen to explore archaeology of copperworks site

OVER 70 volunteers have shown an interest in contributing to a history and archaeology project at Swansea's Hafod Morfa Copperworks.

Hafod Morfa Copperworks site

The volunteers are wanted to take part in the Copperworks Discovery Project, which offers opportunities to learn about the copper industry, acquire new skills and contribute knowledge, photos and stories to the development of the site.

This project will build up to major regeneration and conservation plans, which could see Penderyn Distillery expanding their business onto the copperworks site with a new distillery and visitor centre.

Having been awarded a first round pass for the planned scheme, Swansea Council, in partnership with Swansea University, will be applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund in coming months for a £3.75 million grant that would also help further preserve the internationally significant site.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "The interest in the volunteering roles for the Copperworks Discovery Project has been staggering.

"It shows how important this internationally significant site is to the people of Swansea, with many wanting to play a part in its ongoing preservation.

"This is why we're working closely alongside Swansea University and other partners not just to conserve the site, but also to celebrate its past global importance as an epicentre of the world's copper smelting industry in the 19th century.

"Following on from a number of expert talks held in recent weeks, a number of history and archaeology workshops are now planned for people interested in volunteering, which will take place at Swansea University, the West Glamorgan Archives, Hafod Community Centre and on site at the copperworks.

"The Copperworks Discovery Project will also build on a huge amount of preservation work that's already been carried out at the Hafod Morfa Copperworks, thanks to the CU@Swansea project the council is delivering in partnership with Swansea University. These works have included stabilising buildings at risk, introducing an audio visual trail and new information panels, and improving access for visitors by clearing vegetation and putting new pathways in place."
Earmarked for construction between the powerhouse and rolling mill building at the copperworks, the planned visitor centre would give access to different site levels, using materials appropriate to the historic setting.
Featuring Penderyn brand colours and copper-based equipment forming part of the whisky-making process, the proposals are aimed at celebrating the site's heritage and supporting local businesses.

Visit for more information on what happens next as part of the Copperworks Discovery Project.

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