Digital Collections at Swansea University

'Black Friday' & the 1921 lockout

This online exhibition showcases items from the South Wales Coalfield to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the 1921 lockout. Material comes from the Richard Burton Archives and the South Wales Miners' Library. 


‘The Dawn of a New Era’

‘The Dawn of a New Era’ is the slogan on the Risca Lodge banner, which was made just before the nationalisation of the coal mining industry in 1947. The image on the banner is a sun rising and reflects the hope for the future.

At least 50 miners’ banners are known to have existed in South Wales and many of them are preserved at the South Wales Miners’ Library at Swansea University. Over the years, the banners have been used in protests, marches and demonstrations, including during the 1972, 1974 and 1984-85 miners’ strikes. The miners’ banners provide a rich source of social history and provide a unique and powerful insight into our collective history and tradition.

Paul Robeson Wales

Paul Robeson’s life is an inspiring chronicle of the cultural and social history of the twentieth century. His gifts were prodigious. Scholar, athlete, intellectual, linguist, singer, actor, orator and activist, he shaped his turbulent times like few others and left a memorable mark on all who met him, saw him perform or listened to his voice on record or radio.

Swansea University Centenary 2020

This website is a central hub from which you can get involved with the University’s Centenary celebrations, learn more about the University’s past and contribute your own ideas on how we should celebrate such a milestone in the University’s history.