NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
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THE YEAR TURNS ONCE MORE, YET WE REMAIN GRIPPED BY THE PANDEMIC WITH AN EVEN MORE INFECTIOUS VARIANT. 2021 HAD BEEN THE YEAR WE HOPED WOULD BRING US NEAR TO 'NORMALITY' AND PLANS TO RESTART NAS LECTURES AND TO REOPEN THE NMI EVEN IF ON A LIMITED BASIS WERE PROGRESSING FAVOURABLY. REGRETFULLY, HOWEVER, DUE TO THE LATEST WAVE OF INFECTION THE SOCIETY HAS TO REMAIN IN A STATE OF 'SUSPENDED ANIMATION'. WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION WITH A HOPE THAT PROGRESS CAN BE MADE AND COMMUNICATE ANY CHANGE PROMPTLY.
MEANTIME, THE SOCIETY HOPES THAT ALL ITS MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS ARE, BY OBSERVING THE NECESSARY RESTRICTIONS PLACED ON OUR LIVES, MANAGING TO CONTINUE IN GOOD HEALTH.
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'SUCCESS' at BRITON FERRY
what was it all about in July 1906?
News & Members Articles
Serialisation of NEATH FLOATING DOCK continues with PART THREE
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THIS MONTH'S MYSTERY IMAGES
A SWC football team of the 1920s. Where are they being photograped and what does SWC stand for? A close up of their badge is below;
Believed to be a local artist - what do we know about this gentleman?
Answers to the previous mystery images:
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Aberdulais Post Office
Zoar Chapel, Giant's Grave
Jerusalem Chapel, Resolven
War Memorial, Resolven
Police Staion, Llandarcy Village
'Fives' of handball court at Jersey Marine
County Police Station, Windsor Road (now Wetherspoon's 'David Protheroe pub)
Police Station, Resolven (now a private house)
Ventilator above the clock of Briton Ferry library
Top of the steeple of the Neath Methodist Church 'Penny Brick'
Stained glass from the Windsor Cinema relocated in the Windsor Court flats
Above the main doorway of the Cambrian Hotel
The Neath Academy/Hodges/The Works building
Above the Neath Town Council Offices (previously Zeiller's and the MC Cafe)
One of the windows of the Lamb/Harrier/Kiwis/Corner House pub.
Bay window of Great Western Chambers
Finial on the cupola above The Card Centre (previously Stead & Simpson)
The Angel Inn (now Castell Nedd Arms)
Abovewhat was the window of Steer's shop in Pen-y-Dre
Remaining part of the British Schools, Queen Street next to the Halifax Building Society
Side window of the Royal Exchange pub in Melyncryddan
To all the observant - well done!
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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. Additionally, a thank you to all of our fellow Societies and individuals who have linked our website into their domains and social media outlets.
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