NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
Clicking the map of Wales on the right shows our location
THE YEAR OF THE VACCINE HAS MADE GREAT PROGRESS, HOWEVER, BEING AS THERE ARE CONTINUING DIFFICULTIES REGARDING NEW VARIANTS AND ANOTHER WAVE OF INFECTION IMMINENT, THE SOCIETY HAS RELUCTANTLY DECIDED TO FURTHER POSTPONE THE LECTURE PROGRAMME. THE SITUATION (ALONG WITH RE-OPENING OF THE NMI) WILL BE MONITORED, BUT IT IS UNLIKELY THAT THINGS WILL CHANGE BEFORE 2022
Give us a 'daily hit'- make us the
home page on your browser.
The website remains active during quarantine restrictions. Please read PANDEMIC UPDATE from the left hand menu.
You may think that any political election in Neath is a foredrawn conclusion, however, in the by-election of 1945 there was a
MINOR POLITICAL DISTURBANCE
Note: No political affinity by the NAS or the author is implied
News & Members Articles
Serialisation of NEATH FLOATING DOCK continues with PART TWO
YOU WILL FIND IT UNDER ITS OWN TAB ON THE LEFT HAND MENU
This handmade Christmas card was made by a man called Ben (possibly a member of the NAS excavating team) It was sent in Xmas 1931 to Mrs Alice Beasley who was the gatekeeper of the Neath Abbey ruins and appears in the central image.
21 for 21 - How many can YOU identify?
SNIPPETS OF IMAGES OF NEATH AND DISTRICT.
SOME STILL EXIST, OTHERS ARE A MEMORY.
SEE HOW WELL YOU KNOW OUR PART OF THE WORLD.
ANSWERS IN 2022
Answers to the previous mystery images:
Some suggested the location as being in Neath, but the eagle eyed of Briton Ferry certainly know their area well. The left hand building was the Post Office on Giant's Grave Road. Another house was added to the right in later years.
If you guessed that these two young cyclists wer on the newly completed concrete road with cycle path and footways (what an innovation!) at Jersey Marine/ Fabian Way then you were spot on
Well top marks for ingenious or humorous suggestions. A crotal bell, cow bell, drain plug, ornamental acorn, candle snuffer, spider catcher, Xmas tree ornament, poison pendant, a grelot from a horse harness and interlocking key. It's anyone's guess really. As I said it has foxed the National Museum in Cardiff.
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.
The Neath Antiquarian Society claims overall copyright on material posted on this website under the Copyright Acts and the restrictions imposed by those Acts. The copyright of certain articles on this website remains the exclusive property of the individual authors. If in doubt, please ask. Ignorance of copyright rules is no excuse for violation.
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. Additionally, a thank you to all of our fellow Societies and individuals who have linked our website into their domains and social media outlets.
All rights reserved - 2013 - 2021