NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
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THIS MONTH PHILIP JOHN CONTINUES HIS STUDY OF WORLD WAR 2 AND THE COEDFFRANC COMMUNITY
NEATH'S DARK SKIES (SEQUEL)
News & Members Articles
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THIS MONTH'S MYSTERY IMAGES
END OF THE YEAR QUIZ 2023
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THE NEATH AREA?
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Answers to the previous mystery images:
NAS Members and their children in the 1970s enjoyed a visit to Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire (east of Ledbury). It is still a good day out today.
Multiple suggestions - Bwlch Road, on the Cwmavon side, looking to Cimla. Another said Tonmawr, looking towards Cwmavon.
A lot of viewers identified this as Khartoum Terrace in Onllwyn. The black corrugated sheet building is Reg Triscott’s barber shop; Edith Triscott also lived there. The building and the tip are long gone. If anyone knows the reason for the particular name of this street, please contact us either through this website or on our Facebook page.
Please be aware that our days of opening are
Monday and Thursday
Covid restrictions and rules have been recinded, although sensible social distancing is recommended.
Mondays - For the public & NAS members - 09:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:45. providing access to the NAS archive and Family History research computers. Supervised by staff of the West Glamorgan Archive Service.
Thursdays - For the public & NAS members. Access to the NAS ARCHIVE ONLY (no Family History service) - 09:30 to 12:30 operated by NAS volunteers.
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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