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Ten Fascinating Local History Books

We’re on a #DoorstepDetectives challenge to rediscover what’s on our doorsteps, uncovering the hidden stories of the people and places in our communities that we walk past each day.

To celebrate #WorldBookDay and help you to dig further, check out this list of 10 must read local history books, available from Swansea Libraries.

There are so many great books about Swansea and Gower history that it is difficult to decide on just 10! Here are some books you can borrow from your local library which will give you a taste. There are many others available via the online catalogue.

For more information on your local library and the Click and Collect service, visit swansea.gov.uk/libraries

Swansea Copper: A Global History 

(Johns Hopkins University Press) | Chris Evans and Louise Miskell

Describes how the Swansea copper industry changed the world.








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The Three Nights’ Blitz

(West Glamorgan Archives) | J.R. Alban

Reissue of a classic book which collects contemporary documents of the impact of the Blitz.







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Swansea: Salute to a city

(Bryngold Books) | David Roberts

One of David Roberts many books collecting old photographs of Swansea.








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Gower Journal, Volume seventy one, 2020

Every year the Journal of the Gower Society is full of fascinating articles and stories about Gower.








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Swansea University: Campus and Community in a Post-War World, 1945-2020

Sam Blaxland

The recent history of Swansea University issued to mark its 70th anniversary in 2020.








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A New, Even Better, Abertawe: Rebuilding Swansea 1941-1961

(West Glamorgan Archives) | Dinah Evans

The history of how Swansea was rebuilt after the war.








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A Lesson in Art and Life: The Colourful World of Cedric Morris and Arthur Lett-Haines

(Pimpernel Press) | Hugh St. Clair

The fascinating story of how Swansea artist Cedric Morris created an art school with his lover Arthur Haines.








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GI Limey: A Welsh-American in WWII

(Parthian Books) | Clifford Guard

How a Swansea lad moved to America and fought in World War Two.








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To Stand by the Sickbed

(Y Lolfa) | Tom Davies

The history of medical services in Swansea from medieval times through the lives of local doctors.








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Swansea and its History: The Riverside Town

Gerald Gabb

A three volume epic history tracing Swansea’s past up to the 19th century.








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