NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
The Society is pleased to announce a return to a full day service on Thursdays
LAST FEW COPIES LEFT!
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The Society welcomes Ray Collier as a new contributor with his maiden article about
ANTI GERMAN RIOTING IN
THE FIRST WORLD WAR
News & Members Articles
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SNIPPETS HAS TWO NEW ITEMS (FEB 2024)
THIS MONTH'S MYSTERY IMAGES
For those of you who visit country churches - Any idea where this one is?
The cooling towers of the Llandarcy Refinery, but where exactly is the photographer standing?
It's Coronation Day 1953, but what pub is this group assembled in front of?
You may have noticed this incised quoin stone on your walk around the town - Where is Guildhall Chambers?
Answers to the previous mystery images:
Please be aware that our days of opening are
Monday and Thursday
Mondays - For the public & NAS members - (09:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:45) providing access to the NAS archive and access to computer resources for Family History researchers. This service is supervised by staff or the West Glamorgan Archive Service.
Thursdays - For the public & NAS members (09:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:45) providing access to the NAS archive with access to computer resources for Family History researchers with assistance/guidance available from a dedicated staff member of the West Glamorgan Archive Service.
NOTE - For researchers requiring access to the NAS Archive ONLY and who are unable to attend on the days above (e.g. distance/foreign visitors) then it may be possible to arrange a personal appointment. Please apply through the CONTACT US button.
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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