The South West Wales Industrial Archaeology Society extends a warm welcome to all those who are interested in the history and remains of industry and transport, especially in the area around Swansea, but also including Llanelli, Neath, Port Talbot and their respective valleys.

The Society (in its present incarnation) was formed in 1972 as the revival of an earlier group that had been active during the 1960s. Archaeological work that the Society has been involved in includes Scott’s Pit in Llansamlet and the nearby Gwernllwnchwyth engine house. In 1988, the Society hosted the annual conference of the Association for Industrial Archaeology.

Massive urban renewal schemes during the past forty years have resulted in the loss of many of the physical remains of our metallurgical and mining industries, railways and canals and for that reason we might better be described as an industrial history society rather than an archaeological society. But there is a wealth of that history and we explore it in a regular programme of monthly lecture meetings during the winter and in our Bulletin which is published three times a year and contains original articles on all aspects of the area’s industrial history. A few specimen articles are available on this site to give an idea of the type of material that the Bulletin contains.


  • SWWIAS Programme of Meetings continues into 2023

    12th Feb 2023 by

    Firstly, apologies that the publication of this post is a little later than intended, largely due to the horrible flu that’s been doing the rounds this winter and which comprehensively got the SWWIAS web editor. Nevertheless, a few gallons of lemsip later, the Society is pleased to confirm that the current programme of meetings is… Read more

  • Recommencement of SWWIAS Meetings Programme

    31st Aug 2022 by

    The South West Wales Industrial Archaeology Society has great pleasure in announcing that its programme of monthly meetings will recommence in September 2022. After the enforced Covid-19 break, the Society has arranged a short programme for the remainder of this year: 21 September 2022: Nigel Wassell will present a talk, The last days of steam… Read more

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