IWA Urban Regeneration Symposium

The IWA symposium explored the relationship between heritage and regeneration, with a view to identifying best practice and the key innovations that have informed the development of cutting-edge projects in other parts of the UK.

Roundtable discussion on heritage-led regeneration of industrial sites (Tehmina Goskar)On 14 October 2010, the Global and Local Worlds of Welsh Copper Project joined forces with the Institute of Welsh Affairs to organise a symposium on History, Heritage and Urban Regeneration at the National Waterfront Museum.

Framed by the long-term development of ‘Copperopolis’--a term used to describe industrial Swansea, this conference examined the past, present, and future of regeneration strategies in Swansea.

The sympoisum also formally launched Swansea University’s ESRC-funded project, History, heritage, and urban regeneration: the local and global worlds of Welsh Copper and was followed by the launch of two books: Louise Miskell's edition of Robert Morris's History of the Copper Concern and Chris Evans's Slave Wales.

Read a review of the History, Heritage and Urban Regeneration symposium.

This event partially fulfilled the Copper Project's commitment to providing a public policy forum to discuss the heritage-led regenertation of the Lower Swansea Valley. There was two major positive outcomes of the day:

1) The idea of organising a festival to raise awareness of Swansea's global copper heritage which resulted in Swansea Copper Day on 5 March 2011.

2) The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Swansea University and Swansea Council on the heritage-led redevelopment of the old Hafod and Morfa copperworks sites.

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‘The Local and Global Worlds of Welsh Copper’
Huw Bowen, Professor of Modern History, Swansea University.

Session 1: The Past, Present, and Future of Regeneration in Swansea and the Lower Tawe Valley

Graham Humphrys on Lower Swansea Valley Futures (Tehmina Goskar)

‘Lower Swansea Valley Futures’
Dr. Graham Humphrys, formerly of the Geography Department, Swansea University.

‘A Personal Reflection on the Lower Swansea Valley Project’
Steve Lavender, Co-Managing Director Lavender International NDT Ltd and former Conservator Lower Swansea Valley Project 1974-80.

‘Swansea 2020: Swansea’s Economic Regeneration Strategy’
Steve Penny, Managing Partner, John Collins & Partners and Phil Holmes, Head of Economic Regeneration & Planning, City & County of Swansea.

Session 2: Making Regeneration Work: Theory and Practice

Judith Alfrey on historic urban characterisation (Tehmina Goskar)

‘Understanding Urban Character: Putting the Past to Work in the Present’
Judith Alfrey, Inspector of Historic Buildings and Landscapes, Cadw.

‘Making Sustainable Places: Communities and Regeneration’
Ben Reynolds, Director of Trilein Ltd.

Session 3: Perspectives on Heritage and Regeneration in Action

Deborah Boden on regeneration in Cornwall (Tehmina Goskar)

‘Heritage and Regeneration: Cornish Mining World Heritage’
Deborah Boden, World Heritage Site Co-ordinator, The Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

‘New Lanark 1785-2010 - Restoration and Regeneration’
Lorna Davidson, Director, New Lanark Trust.

Roundtable Discussion

Find out more:

Read a review of History, Heritage and Urban Regeneration, Click on Wales

Read news report on the 50th anniversary of the Lower Swansea Valley Project, South Wales Evening Post

Hafod Redevelopment Project