NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
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The result of seven years of detailed and painstaking research came to fruition today (9th June 2018) at Briton Ferry library when NAS member Jonathan Skidmore launched his magnum opus on Neath & Briton Ferry in the First World War.
This is a copioulsly illustrated volume of 386 pages and the Neath Antiquarian Society is delighted to have assisted him with this milestone achievement.
Never before has this amount of detail on the subject been so accuratly collated in this way.
His depth of knowledge and enthusiasm is boundless and the Society applauds him on the result of this herculean task.
Copies of the book (priced at £25) may be obtained at NAS headquarters in the Neath Mechanics' Institute.
This is a handsome addition to the bookshelf of any serious enthusiast or scholar of local history.
Members - please note that the
ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION for 2018
is now due - (remains at £15)
William Kirkhouse Junior
Not to be confused with the engineer of George Tennant's Canal, Phil John has researched another section of this family
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Monday and Thursday
For researchers requiring access to the NAS archive only and who are unable to attend on these two days (e.g. distance/foreign visitors) it may be possible to arrange an appointment. Please consult the 'News' and 'Contact Us' buttons on the left hand menu for further information.
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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All information is presented in good faith and no responsibility can be accepted for any omissions or errors that may occur from time to time.
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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