NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
COVID - 19
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WHAT GOES ON TOUR....
A Football club in 1923
A Civic Week of fundraising in 1943
(from the NAS archive)
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The latest edition of the Swansea History Journal (MINERVA) carries two articles of interest to Neath. Lewis Rotely was landlord of the Castle Hotel before moving to Swansea and there is an article about him and his son's links to Lord Nelson. Another article expands on the article on this website by Martyn Griffiths about Benjamin French and the origins of the Mumbles Railway. For information about geting a copy during the restrictions - click on CAN YOU HELP
MONTHLY MYSTERY IMAGES
(2 this month)
Current opinion is that this is the 9th Earl of Jersey on a visit to the ship breaking yard of Thomas W Ward at Giant's Grave, Briton Ferry.
Let us have your views if they differ!
All that is known about this image is that it was taken by Jim Giddings, meaning that it could be somewhere in the Glynneath and Pontneddfechan area?
Answer to the previous mystery images:
There were no suggestions forthcoming regarding the military vehicle which remains in the great mystery box
The second image was also set to remain an enigma when the solution was found whilst trawling old postcards on the internet. The lady is Miss Billie Burke. Although you may not know it, many of you will have seen her. All is revealed in this short biography, courtesy of Wikipedia:
Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke (August 7, 1884 - May 14, 1970), better known as Billie Burke was an American actress who was famous on Broadway, on radio, early silent film, and subsequently in sound film. She is best known to modern audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie musical The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Her high-pitched, wavering, aristocratic voice was her trademark, which made her a frequent choice to play dim-witted, spoiled society types.
She was married to Broadway producer and impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., the founder of the Ziegfeld Follies dance troupe and theatrical revue.
Unfortunately, she is unlikely to have visited Neath - unless you know different!
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Neath Mechanics' Institute, Church Place, Neath, home of the Society
Formed in 1923 (from the earlier Neath Philosophical Society of 1834), the Neath Antiquarian Society has taken a leading role in recording, preserving and safeguarding Neath's historical heritage. Therefore, the Society began to collect archives relating to the local area and further afield.
Over the decades a considerable amount of material was amassed, dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries, but this was not available to the general public and lacked a proper catalogue. The year 2001 saw the launch of the project 'Unlocking Neath's Archival Heritage', a joint venture between the Neath Antiquarian Society and the West Glamorgan Archive Service: with Heritage Lottery Funding, the entire archive collection was catalogued in detail by staff from the West Glamorgan Archive Service to make it fully available to the public for the first time in 2003.
Where can the documents be seen?
The Neath Antiquarian Society archive collections are held at the Neath Mechanics' Institute. Click here for details of opening hours.
What archives are available?
Records of the Neath Antiquarian Society
Research papers of prominent local historians connected with the Society.
Borough of Neath & Neath Corporation records.
Records of manors and estates, including Gnoll, Eaglesbush, Briton Ferry, Bach-y-gwreiddyn, Little Hill, etc.
Coytrahen and Neath Abbey Estate records.
Collections of documents regarding local events, businesses, chapels and industry.
Maps and plans of the local area.
Advertising material & other related ephemera.
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1. Thanks to the County & City of Swansea and their officials for providing information pages relating to the Neath Antiquarian Society within their website and for their continued support of the Society's objectives.
2. Thanks to Neath Heritage Scene - for inaugurating this website and also for its work in the common aim of preserving our local history and heritage for present and future generations.
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