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.


  • 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

  • Merry Christmas and looking forward

    24th Dec 2020 by

    What a year it has been. I hope this message finds all members and readers safe and well as we approach the end of this year and head into 2021. Things have certainly been quieter than usual this year in terms of SWWIAS activities, due to the effect of the ongoing pandemic and lockdowns on… Read more

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