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Local history

Find out more about the history of Swansea.

Swansea blue plaques

Swansea has a number of blue plaques installed to honour its important and significant citizens.

Three Nights' Blitz

The bombing of Swansea by the Luftwaffe in World War Two culminated in three nights of devastation on 19, 20 and 21 February 1941. The centre of Swansea was turned from bustling streets to a pile of rubble.

Archives

A joint service for the Councils of the City and County of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot County Borough

Libraries

Our libraries offer a range of services, including access to hundreds of council services online.

Cambrian Index online

The Cambrian Index database contains hundreds of thousands of entries from newspapers relating to people and events.

Oystermouth Castle

Discover Oystermouth Castle

History of the Mayoralty

In September 1835, Swansea's old corporation, headed by the portreeve, was replaced by a new municipal corporation.