NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
2. IN LINE WITH LATEST ADVICE ON SOCIAL DISTANCING AND IN CONCERT WITH BOTH NPT COUNCIL & WEST GLAM ARCHIVE SERVICE THE NEATH MECHANICS' INSTITUTE WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
(posted18th March 2020)
1. AFTER MUCH DELIBERATION AND ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF THE ADVICE GIVEN REGARDING COVID19 AND PUBLIC GATHERINGS FOR THE OVER 60s, THE SOCIETY HAS DECIDED TO SUSPEND THE LECTURE PROGRAMME UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
(posted 14th March 2020)
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Gloria Rowles tell of Claudia Griffiths, the last of her family to inherit the Dulais Fach Estate
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This month's mystery image
Attention all rail buffs! Not quite true to the lyrics of a 1956 Alma Cogan song, 'The Railroad Comes through the Middle of the House', but it passed really close. Who knows where it is - or even if it is local?
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Answer to previous mystery image:
Our thanks to David Williams who tells us all about this happy group of boys.
This photo is taken at Barry YMCA known as Glan-y-Mor which was used as a School Summer Camp for schools to give children a holiday away from home during school break in August. On this occasion schools from Port Talbot were attending. I am in the back row fourth from the left. It was about 1936. I don’t know if there were any children from Briton Ferry there at this time.
I attended the Aberavon Boys School known locally as the Mountain School, I’m not sure of the names of the other boys but I do recognise two of the teachers and they are the two wearing cricket sweaters, the one on the left taught in Eastern School which was in Margam and the one on the right taught in Mountain School and his name was Dai Phillips who after the Second World War became a member of the Big Five as the selectors of the Wales rugby team were then known.
There was another School Camp at Ogmore by Sea, where I went the following year.
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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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