The Musgrave Engine is a unique engine of historic importance (a scheduled Ancient Monument no less) in a very poor condition. Found inside the Musgrave Engine House, one of the buildings at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks, it has suffered from vandalism and neglect.

Now, with thanks to volunteers and funding from HLF and Cadw, Swansea Council, Swansea University and the friends are starting to tackle the decay.

Swansea Council is working on the Musgrave Engine House to replace the roof and consolidate the walls, whilst Swansea University and The Friends of Hafod-Morfa Copperworks are restoring the travelling crane and creating a piece of innovative digital interpretation. Once this is complete we hope to start work to restore the engine.

There are a number of opportunities to get involved as volunteers on this project, either on the physical restoration side or on the interpretation as researchers.

This project has a dedicated blog at

This is a local Swansea project inspired by the passion of local enthusiasts working through the Friends of the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks group, made possible by support and supervision from Swansea Council and Cadw and facilitated by Swansea University with an initial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund of around £50,000.