Mystery Photographs

We have a number of photographs in our archive that lack vital information – dates, names of people or places.   Please have a look at these  photographs – more will be added each week – and if you can provide any information please get in touch with us – see our contact page for details.

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VE Day 1945 and 2020 in Skewen

The residents of Graham’s Terrace are shown celebrating VE Day in 1945.

Do you have any photographs of Skewen taken on May 8th, 1945?  If so, please share them with us so that they may be archived for future generations to look at and use for research.

If there are any celebrations in your street this year to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, and it is safe to do so, please take some photos and send them to us.

Here are the first photographs we have received for VE Day in 2020 –  showing how the residents of Pant y Sais, Jersey Marine celebrated, and how Picton Terrace, Wern  and Winifred Roads  decorated their houses.  Do you have photographs to share?

 

 

 

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Thursday night clapping for the NHS

Here are some photographs that were sent of the clapping on 9th April and 16th April.  Residents of Pant y Sais, Jersey Marine managed to combine the Thursday night clap with Easter bonnets on the 9th and balloons on the 16th.

Here they are on the April 23rd clapping photos and a resident on Hill Road, Neath Abbey has a novel way of thanking the NHS and care workers.

More photographs from Pant y Sais for Thursday, May 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.

 

 

 

 

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Lockdown Skewen images

The society asked you to send in your photographs of Skewen in Lockdown and here are the results:-

 

 

 

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Award from Tesco

We are delighted to confirm that the Society has been awarded a £1000 grant under the Tesco ‘Bags of Help ’ community funding scheme. Many thanks to all those who contributed to this success by choosing to vote for Skewen & District Historical Society with their blue shopping tokens.

The award will be used for the benefit of members – more details to follow.

The Society would like to thank Tesco for its inclusion in the scheme.

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What’s at the back of your drawer/cupboard?

With many of us facing a long period at home, perhaps now is the time to sort through those little used drawers,  cupboards and boxes to see if you find anything of interest for local historians.  It may be a photograph, document, map etc. which you could  scan and send to us now, or if you don’t have the capability to do that, just put the item to one side and pass it to any member of the Society when it is safe to make contact.

If sending photographs, please add as much information as you can – date, names of people shown, location, event.

Many people have traced their family history – do you have an interesting story you would like to share – we can publish it in our newsletter “Hanes”.

So search those drawers and cupboards and see what you find.

 

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Library opens in the Carnegie Monday, 9th March

Having closed at the New Road location on February 22nd, the library finally reopened in the Carnegie Hall this morning, 9th March.

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Skewen Library closes on New Road

Skewen Library is moving from its present location on New Road to the Carnegie Hall on Evelyn Road.  Today, Saturday 22nd February,  was its last day at the New Road location.  Here are some photographs to mark the occasion:

 

 

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Replacement Memorial Tree Planted in Skewen Park

As part of its WW1 commemoration programme, the Society planted two Acer Rubrum October Glory trees in the Memorial Park on March 17th, 2017.  Unfortunately one of the trees was vandalised and died.  This month a replacement tree was planted which we hope will thrive.

 

 

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Report on WW2 History Day held on 7th September

The Society’s WW2 History Day held on Saturday, 7th September at the Carnegie Hall was a success with visitors coming from a wide area.  They brought with them many photographs relating to Skewen men who served in World War Two, documents and memorabilia.  Our reminiscence team was kept busy during the day and added many interesting accounts of Skewen in the war years to our archive.

If you were unable to attend and have photographs/reminiscences about Skewen and WW2 contact us and we will arrange to add your material to our archive on WW2.

 

 

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