Just what! is the mystery structue?

Look in the Great Mystery Box and give us your thoughts

What connects

Neath, the Pub, and the Friendly Society?

Have a look in Members Articles for a preview of the next talk on our Lecture Programme (18th March) compiled by David Michael. 


American Troops Fighting in Neath

Within the NAS archive at the Neath Mechanics' Institution are to be found the records and minutes of the Neath Borough Council, all of which have been bound in finest Moroccan leather. They are a fantastic resource for all sorts of topics.  Great for 'dipping into' or losing yourself for countless hours. On his trawl through the Watch Committee proceedings Martyn Griffiths discovered this account of black Americans in Neath during WW2. - see Members Articles.




It has been found that a small quantity of 'The Neath Antiquarian Vol.3' issue have binding defects around pages 80 to 110 where they are loose or coming away from the spine. The printer has agreed to rebind these free of charge. 

Please check your copy and if you have such a defect you can return it to the NAS at the NMI to be rebound. Alternatively, you may return your copy for a full refund.

The Society is sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.  

NOTE: The deadline for this service is the end of February 2019.  

Please be aware that our days of opening are 

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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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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