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Swansea Museum

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Rolling mill engine by John Wilson & Son of Johnstone, 1901
Part of beam engine by Harveys of Hayle, from the Severn Tunnel pumping station
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Engraving printed on plaster, with basalt frame, by Thomas Rothwell. Produced in 1791, it shows the Fforest Copper Works of Lockwood, Morris and Co. In the background is Beaufort Bridge, designed by William Edwards (1719-1789), and beyond that is a weir which was part of the system designed by John Padmore to power the Lower Forest Coppermills

Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea. SA1 3SN

A fascinating collection of items in this 'traditional' museum. Items are well-displayed, with clear, concise descriptions. Free admission.

Off particular importance in relation to the city's traditional industries are rooms devoted to the copper processing industry and to the potteries. N.B. Since this entry was written in 2014, and number of exhibits relating to the local copper industry have been relegated to the Swansea Museum Collection Centre, suggesting that the focus of the museum may have changed.

Preserved in the museum's grounds are a rolling mill engine and the beam and links from one of the massive Severn Tunnel pumping engines.

Museum website

Note: More large items may be seen in the Swansea Museum Collection Centre (currently open only on Wednesdays). Swansea Museum Collection Centre website

Nearby Attraction:

Swansea: National Waterfront Museum

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