City Centre

Copper Day in Swansea City Centre

Five venues in Swansea City Centre are taking part in Copper Day.

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

National Waterfront Museum (credit: Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museums Wales)


National Waterfront Museum

Welcome to Copper Day Starts at 10am
Arrive at the National Waterfront Museum to hear more about why Copper Day was organised and to pick up guides and information for the rest of the day.

Celebrate the Lower Swansea Valley Project at 50 Starts at 10.30am
Join Steve Lavender and Graham Humphrys for a look back at 50 years since the lower Tawe valley began to be transformed from a toxic moonscape to a lush and living landscape, giving Swansea a new natural heritage.

Film showing: Swansea Valley by Richard Watkins (1979).

Display: Extracts from LSVP’s archives (West Glamorgan Archive Service)

Ask a curator about copper Starts at 1.30pm
The National Waterfront Museum is Wales’ museum of industry and innovation. It is home to leading experts in the industrial and maritime history of the Welsh copper industry so come along with your questions to learn more.
A World of Welsh Copper logo

Self-guided tours All day
If you want to learn more about copper and its industrial processes, take this self-led tour of the museum’s galleries. Look out for this copper logo.

Your Copper Day memories with People’s Collection Wales
Join the team from Casgliad y Werin Cymru / People’s Collection Wales, a new gateway to Wales’ rich heritage at the touch of a button, and contribute your ideas and memories.

Swansea Museum

Swansea Museum (credit: City and Council of Swansea, Swansea Museum)


Swansea Museum

Copperopolis exhibition All day
Come to Wales’ oldest museum for an exhibition (running March-July 2011) which looks at the incredible history of Swansea when it was called Copperopolis.

Gilding with Copper
Turn your hand at being a copper artisan. The the opportunity to design and make your own piece of copper jewellery. Please enquire with Swansea Museum about places on this workshop.

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery (credit: City and County of Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery)


Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Art and travel in the age of the copper industry All day
It’s not all about smelting and copper barques. In the year that is celebrating 200 years of Vivian and Son’s Hafod Copperworks a new project begins at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery to raise awareness of Richard Glynn Vivian, his travels around the world, and the art and culture he gave to the city of Swansea. Learn more about the Glynn Vivian bequest through this display.

Big Screen, Castle Square, Swansea

Big Screen, Swansea (credit: BBC)

BBC Big Screen, Castle Square

Copper on the Big Screen All day
Slideshows of historic and contemporary images from the Lower Swansea Valley Project and our copper heritage brought to you on Swansea’s biggest television screen.

Civic Centre, Swansea

Civic Centre / Canolfan Ddinesig (credit: City and County of Swansea)

Swansea Central Library, Civic Centre

Get stuck into a book! Read more on Swansea’s industrial past All day
Get into local studies through Swansea’s rich industrial past. In addition to copper, the Tawe valley had steelworks, coal, transport networks in rail, canal and river, a famous pottery and extensive docks. This display of books will help you learn more.

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