Sandfields, Port Talbot

June 9, 2016
Sandfields, Port Talbot

400 x 279Pupils from Sandfields Comprehensive in Port Talbot have now been working alongside archivists, historians as well as other specialists to put together an event regarding the reputation for Sandfields home, built in the 1950s for steelworkers and their own families. The convention is on show into the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, from 4 April to 14 Summer

The students, from 12 months 9, worked with a team of experts, which included archivists from the at Swansea University and, academics from the University’s department, museum staff and instructors.

The pupils utilized old pictures from archives, movie and dental history extracts, and copies of documents and maps. They even interviewed older pals and family relations about their memories of Sandfields.

“We had meals on our table and we also were proud of our city” (from artwork - pictured - by Sandfields 12 months 9 pupil Brandon Webb)

Archivists Kim Collis and Katrina Legg, along side staff through the nationwide Waterfront Museum, assisted the students making use of their work. They also collaborated with Swansea University historian Bleddyn Penny, a professional within the history of Port Talbot steel works, who'd made an amazing series of tracks of retired steelworkers referring to their particular lives.

400 x 254The end result of the students’ work was a few printed banners, which include their art and transcripts of their interviews, and photographs, maps as well as other sources through the archives.

Picture: A Sandfields street party to mark the coronation in 1953

Dr Katrina Legg of Richard Burton Archives at Swansea University stated:

Archives are for everyone, and that's why we were happy to do business with the pupils and our lovers with this wonderful task.

Kim Collis, County Archivist, West Glamorgan Archives stated:

The exhibition sheds new-light on fascinating history of Sandfields, a residential district constructed on metallic. The project all together has had plenty of advantageous assets to the pupils. They went to a nearby museum that numerous of those had never ever seen before, and had a chance to see archives that they never ever understood been around.

600 x 437Seeing their work exhibited when you look at the college, the local neighborhood as well as in a national museum, must certanly be a genuine badge of pride the children, their friends and families, and everyone in Sandfields.

Image: Sandfields home when you look at the 1960s, showing the Afan Lido on seafront. The activities centre alongside beachfront buildings aren't however in existence.

About the project:

The project was financed by the Welsh Government ‘Changing Cultures’ scheme, which can be administered by Archives and reports Council Wales. The lovers tend to be:

• West Glamorgan Archives Provider – Kim Collis (County Archivist)
• Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University – Elisabeth Bennett (University Archivist) and Katrina Legg (Assistant Archivist)
• Department of background and Classics, Swansea University - Dr Louise Miskell (connect Professor) and Bleddyn Penny (PhD student)
• National Waterfront Museum, nationwide Museums of Wales – Leisa Bryant (Senior training Interpretation & Participation Officer) and Andrew Deathe (Exhibitions and Programmes Officer)
• Sandfields Comprehensive class – Darren Grounds (Geography), Erica Gent and Adam John (Art)

‌Picture: students from Sandfields Comprehensive working with Bleddyn Penny, from Swansea University department of record, an expert into the reputation for Port Talbot steel works and its particular effect on the wider community.

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