The South West Wales Industrial Archaeology Society
SWWIAS is a group of people who are interested in the industrial history of the area which used to be West Glamorgan. The boundaries are rather woolly and we have had talks and visits to places all over South Wales and occasionally to Mid Wales too.
Our usual meeting place is the Bethel Chapel, Carnglas Road, Sketty. While it might be more convenient to return to our original meeting place in the Royal Institution building that is at present too expensive.
We usually have a program of lectures on the third Tuesday in the month from September until November and January to April. These are not too technical and are usually illustrated with slides. We do not usually stray into the field of "real" archaeology. The interpretation of Industrial Archaeology that we use is very wide. It includes the owners and the housing associated with industry.
Individual members have been known to dig for information, both in the ground and in documents. The Society has been instrumental in preserving some monuments of which Scott's Pit Engine House is the most prominent.
We have joined other organisations to try to ensure that the archaeology of building sites is recorded before it is destroyed. A notable success was the "Copper Quarter". Regrettably excavation of the pottery site could not be completed.
Transport has always been a necessity for industry and the occasional railway talk creeps in. This is very popular with many of our members.
At the AGM we ask members to bring ideas for talks in the next season.
We sometimes arrange one or two visits to places of interest, usually with an expert guide.
Further details of the Society can be obtained from the Secretary
73, Pastoral Way,
SWANSEA. SA2 9LY.
Tel 01792 205068
or if you would like to join please print out the form or contact the Treasurer
87, Gabalfa Road,
Swansea, SA2 2ND
write to the Treasurer
This document is copyright. The images were created with DrawPlus 4. The Mumbles Railway coach is based on a painting by J. Ashford (dated 1819) in the Swansea Museum