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Copperworks Community Centre

Funded on Spacehive 31 March 2020

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Copperworks Community Centre

Copperworks Community Centre

friends of hafod-morfa copperworks By friends of hafod-morfa copperworks

Funding to fit out and provide equipment for a volunteer facility at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks for the established Friends Group, providing a base for guided walks, clearance and restoration work.

Plasmarl Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 31 Mar 2020!

A Mobile office type building has been donated by a local contractor for the voluntary group at the site. The funding is to raise money to fit out and equip this facility to support the work at the site of the Friends group. When equipped the facility will support the guided tours programme which has successfully run for 4 years and is planned to expand with additional trained guides already arranged. The site presence will raise the profile of activity at this important heritage site and increase volunteer engagement with the presence on-site, allowing more regular path clearance and litter picking to improve the environment. In 2019 volunteers from the Friends have undertaken the complete restoration of the Musgrave travelling crane which has been installed back in the roof of the Musgrave Engine house itself the subject of a major restoration heritage project funded by the City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund and subject to CADW approvals.

What we'll deliver:

  • a base to support a guided walk programme at the site for the public
  • A visible presence at the site of the regeneration programme
  • A volunteers base to plan and initiate future renovation at the site
  • Educational and in future some craft events using metal to demonstrate industry here.

Why it's a great idea:

The site is undergoing significant regeneration with heritage lottery funding restoring buildings but a home for the volunteers group is still a number of years away. The siting of a temporary facility can be used to support the regeneration initiative and raise the public profile of this significant industrial heritage site while the restoration programme is running.

Steps to get it done:

  • Open the Community Centre with exhibition material as the start point for the guided walk
  • Provide secure storage for site equipment
  • publish a programme of opening days/hours for volunteer meets

The copperworks in the lower Swansea valley was an early example of integrated industrial processes brought about by the combination of entrepreneurs, a skilled workforce, supply of welsh coal by canal, importing of copper ore up the river.It was known internationally as Copperopolis and at one time was refining the majority of the worlds processed copper. The area is arguably one of the seats of the Industrial revolution and is of international significance. The remaining vestiges of this with a handful of listed buildings needs to be cherished and could be developed as a major tourist asset for the area with attendant employment opportunities and value to the local economy


Location Plasmarl

About the space

The site of the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks is a key example of integrated industrial production and an industrial heritage of international significance. It was known as Copperopolis and at one time was the largest producer of refined copper in the world with the copper exchange in Swansea setting the world price for copper such was it's size.


City and County of Swansea Council

How will the money be spent?Total £2,015

4 tables and 16 chairs - £280 (14%)
solar panel recharger -motorhome type - £250 (12%)
production of display material and leaflets - £250 (12%)
4 interior rechargeable light panels - £240 (12%)
2 calor gas heaters - £180 (9%)
pop up awning - £160 (8%)
2 large display boards 1800x1200 - £152 (8%)
signage - £120 (6%)
display material production - £115 (6%)
4 frames for photos and information - £60 (3%)
Other - £208 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

4 tables and 16 chairs
solar panel recharger -motorhome type
production of display material and leaflets
4 interior rechargeable light panels
2 calor gas heaters
pop up awning
2 large display boards 1800x1200
display material production
4 frames for photos and information
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • if overfunded we would look to set up small scale copper working which would require workbenches, vices, hand and soldering tools together with cleaning and safety equipment, estimated at another £500 or so.

Total £2,015

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