IWA Swansea Bay Branch Conference
2010 is a landmark year in the history of industrialisation and regeneration in Swansea. It marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the internationally significant Hafod copperworks (pictured). It also marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Lower Swansea Valley project that promoted the dramatic transformation of the largest derelict industrial landscape in Europe
Framed by the long-term development of ‘Copperopolis’, this conference examines the past, present, and future of regeneration strategies in Swansea. More broadly, it explores the relationship between heritage and regeneration, with a view to identifying best practice and the key innovations that have informed the development of cutting-edge projects in other parts of the UK.
The conference will launch Swansea University’s ESRC-funded project, ‘History, heritage, and urban regeneration: the local and global worlds of Welsh Copper’.