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Volunteer Marketing/Publicity Officer


We are looking for some who would be able to publicise and market the society.  This would involve:

  • contacting the media.

  • working with our Education Officer and Funding Officers in schools, colleges and local industry and businesses.

  • assisting in the publication of pamphlets and promotional material.

Anybody with the appropriate skills who would be interesting in assisting us, please contact the society.




I was very surprised and pleased to be asked recently to lend my support to the Swansea Canal Society’s work as Patron, and am delighted to be able to offer some words of support for the inspiring work already underway and plans for the future.
The Great British public owe a great deal in the resurgence of the canal network to the efforts of small groups of enthusiasts and volunteers who began to campaign for, clean, dredge and rebuild decades ago. In recent partnership with the Canal and River Trust, many of our historic waterways have not only been interpreted to help local people connect with and understand the places where they live and work, but have provided a place of leisure, an environment for plant life, animals and birds in increasingly urbanised environments, and helped people to improve their physical and mental well-being.
It is my hope that the society will be able to gather the necessary support to move forward with their ambitious plans to restore and regenerate an area for which I have fond memories and much affection.

Liz McIvor
November, 2015


Some Facts about Liz:

Liz McIvor, is presenter and writer of the BBC4 series, ‘Canals: The Making of a Nation’.  Liz has also written the book which accompanies the series, which finished its six part run on October 6th. Both the book and series have been very well received and it has become BBC4’s top-rated show of the year (source: Broadcast Commissioning Forum). Alison Graham in the ‘Radio Times’ described Liz’s style as ‘direct, informative and engaging’.

Liz McIvor’s day job is as curator of social history and technology at Bradford Museums and Galleries. She attended the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth where she was awarded a First Class degree in History in 2000, specialising in social and economic history. She later attended University of London where she did a Masters in Museum Studies.

Liz has close connections to Swansea as she lived in Fforestfach in the early 2000’s, whilst working as a Curator and Historical Advisor in South Wales. She worked with miners and minority groups and studied Cambrian Archaeology. She even dug up the occasional Cambrian skeleton in the course of her studies!

The SCS is delighted to have Liz’s support. She is not only a first class writer and presenter but she loves Britain’s canals and has a deep knowledge of their social history. She is the ideal patron for us.



Swansea Canal Heritage Trail

To: Local groups and organisations and residents

One of our future projects is to create the Swansea Canal Heritage Trail which would extend from the north end of the Swansea Valley Nature Reserve (next to Swansea Valley Tyres) to the Twrch Aqueduct Ystalyfera.

This section, along the A4067, contains many historical features including a lock which is a Cadw Scheduled Structure. All these features are presently invisible to the general public. The trail would be designed for pedestrians and cyclists and would feature Information panels along its route.

The main purpose of the Heritage Trail would be ;
*To mark the existence of this stretch of the canal, by installation of information boards.
*provide safe pedestrian and cycle access, including a cycle track along the A4067.
*Set the Swansea Canal in context in the Swansea Valley:
~ Describe the detailed history of the construction shown on each board
~ Give the natural history of the area surrounding each board.

Working with the NeathPortTalbot Voluntary Services and many other bodies we are actively seeking funding for this project. One of the main criteria for funding is to demonstrate the support of local establishments and organisations, which is why we are contacting you. It is important to note that we are requesting your support but are NOT asking for any further contribution, financial or otherwise. All we ask is that you promote the Society and Heritage Trail to your friends and colleagues.
If you are willing to support us could you please sign the e.petition on

Many Thanks,
Alan Williams Grants Officer Swansea Canal Society.




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We are  a society run by volunteers who are all enthusiastic about maintaining, improving and restoring the canal. We are always looking for new volunteers to help us in a range of ways from administration, fundraising, working on the canal, to working on our Canoe Hire Project. All abilities and ages are welcome.

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Our Canoe Hire project re-opened in April and  we are grateful to have the assistance of  several very qualified volunteers to help us run it this year.  Full details are under Canoe Hire in the top drop down menu.
If you would like to join us in any capacity, you will be given a warm welcome. Just go to the Contact Us page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


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If you feel that volunteering is not for you, then perhaps you would like to support us by becoming a member. Whatever you decide to do, please come and visit the canal and take a walk or ride along it, and enjoy its beauty and the wildlife it supports.

Thank you for looking at our website and we hope you enjoy reading our blogs, looking at our photographs and seeing what we are doing.


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“Education Volunteers wanted, to work with experienced heritage educator inIMG_1449

developing materials and learning experiences for pupils in schools along the

Swansea Canal in the Tawe Valley.  Enthusiasm, energy and a willingness to

embrace the learning possibilities of the canal environment are essential.

Experience in education would be useful. This role would suit anyone

considering a career in heritage education or someone who appreciates the

joy of educating children.”  (DBS check required)



_mg_6196-17  Are you planning a CHILDREN’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

Do you belong to a GROUP looking for SOMETHING DIFFERENT to do?

Do you want a TEAM BUILDING experience with a difference?

Join us on the beautiful SWANSEA CANAL and have fun and learn a new skill while you         get fit.

We have canoes and single and double kayaks are available for hire in Coed Gwilym Park,   Clydach.

Safety equipment will be provided.
We can arrange times to suit your group with very reasonable charges.
If you are interested please contact us on, info@swanseacanalsociety,com or Tel: 0844 209 4548




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