To begin at the beginning…
I am Matthew Hughes, Curator of Dylan Thomas Birthplace & Family Home. I run the house on behalf of Geoff Haden, the restorer of this magnificent literary heritage site. I do this with the aid of some very dedicated volunteers. If you visit you will discover the passion that we have for Dylan and his Swansea.
Here’s a bit about the man responsible for saving Dylan’s Birthplace from dereliction, Geoff Haden.
Geoff was born on Gower but brought up within a few miles of 5 Cwmdonkin Drive and spent his childhood playing in Cwmdonkin Park – the setting of many of Dylan’s finest stories and poems.
Geoff admits to having a passion – no, lots of passion. He says “first I want Dylan recognised for what he was – a great writer. Particularly I want him recognised in his home town (now the city of Swansea). Most places would give their eye teeth to have a major figure such as Dylan in their midst – until a few years ago there was only one tourist sign with his name on it in the whole city – pointing to the Dylan Thomas Centre.
After four years we have at last got a sign in the Uplands for Dylan Thomas House. However, there is one problem – Uplands is not signposted through the city and neither does it have a settlement sign!”
The main website is for www.dylanthomasbirthplace.com where you can learn about staying in the house, exploring the house on a tour or eating at one of our famed Dinner and Dylan’s dinner parties.