Our first project Open Day was held at the Swansea Central Library last Sunday 1st April. We were prepared for the crowds…..but luckily only a couple of dozen people came in. Disappointing you ask? No, not at all! Everybody who turned up brought some fantastic memorabilia, had an awful lot to say, and stayed for ages. We would have had trouble dealing with many more.
We came away with Barry’s collection in two boxes and half-a-dozen carrier bags – his whole life stored under the bed (since he had the loft converted!) – it will take some scanning for sure; Bryan brought in a rare item – a special glass given to players and staff to commemorate the visit of Lokomotiv Leipzig to the Vetch in 1981. Bryan was the coach driver for the East German team, and was lucky to recieve one of the glasses (link Leipzig glass) ; Leighton had a Post Office 1st Day Cover celebrating promotion to the First Division in 1981; Terry came in with his grandson Ethan and his poems about the Swans; Derek (I think you probably all know which one) popped in to let us know about his Swans’ songs on Youtube; and Roy told us about life in the Sandfields as a kid in the 1940s and 50s.
So all in all a very successful day in terms of quality material to add to the archive.
Look out for news of any further Open Days where you can come along and bring your memorabilia and memories to add to the Centenary archive and books.