Old photo of Hafod Copperworks

The Challenge
In 1851, the Lower Swansea Valley was at the heart of the global copper industry. 

The Hafod-Morfa Copper works in the Lower Swansea Valley, abandoned and reclaimed by nature, was symbolic of how this integral part of Swansea was at risk of being over-looked and forgotten.  

The Method
Since 2010, researchers at Swansea University have developed a programme of research, community engagement and heritage-led regeneration. With funding and support from CADW, the City and Council of Swansea, the National Waterfront Museum, and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales researchers have been able to explore how this heritage can contribute to the future development of the city, and engage local communities.

The Impact

  • Swansea University entered into a formal partnership with the City and County of Swansea in 2012 in order to explore the heritage-led regeneration of the former site of the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks.
  • The regeneration project Cu@Swansea has reclaimed much of the site of the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks and created a destination for people to visit and understand the site and its history.
  • The project team ensure local community groups remain at the heart of the research being undertaken on the Hafod-Morfa site.
  • The impact of this research agenda has been significant with awareness of the city’s copper heritage significantly higher - Swansea City Football Club have even played in copper colours.
  • There are significant and ongoing developments at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site.

Find out more

A World of Welsh Copper

Looking at the hafod works through a phone

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Swansea University Research Themes