Take a peek behind the scenes at iconic Swansea buildings
HISTORY hunters will get the chance to step behind the scenes of Swansea's most famous landmarks this weekend.
The Lord Mayor's newly-refurbished parlour at the Guildhall, the Mansion House, Oystermouth Castle and Dylan Thomas's birthplace are all throwing open their doors for Swansea Open House.
Swansea Open House is a free event that celebrates Swansea's heritage, providing a an annual opportunity to see behind closed doors and hear more about how some of our most intriguing buildings were designed and how they operate.
Swansea Museum, The National Waterfront Museum and the Civic Centre, as well as several Gower churches, are among the other buildings taking part.
Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "Swansea enjoys a rich history and we're all very familiar with some of our city's landmarks. But it's not often that people have the chance to go and see what makes them tick behind the scenes.
"The opportunity to explore many other buildings included in this weekend's itinerary will offer a fun and educational experience for people of all ages."
The Lord Mayor's Parlour along with the imposing Council Chamber and other parts of the Guildhall have just been re-opened following a major refurbishment programme. This grade 1 listed building was constructed in 1932, designed by Percy Thomas and was officially opened in 1934. The current fifth phase of improvements includes the famous Brangwyn Hall, which will be closed during Open House this year.
The Guildhall and the Civic Centre will be open only tomorrow with guided tours at 10am, 11am and noon. The 10am Civic Centre tour will be conducted by the County Archivist and will visit West Glamorgan Archives and the basement archive strong rooms as an optional extra.
The Lord Mayor's Mansion House is open tomorrow and Sunday from 10am until 4pm. Oystermouth Castle will be open from 11am to 5pm on both days.