Beth Winter MP Visits Cynon Valley Museum
Cynon Valley Museum was delighted to welcome Beth Winter, Cynon Valley’s Member of Parliament to the museum last Friday. As part of her visit, she met with trustees, staff and volunteers from the museum team who showed her around the museum’s temporary exhibition and permanent gallery which showcases the rich history of the Cynon Valley.
Chair of Cynon Valley Museum Trust Richard Jones said “It was great to welcome Beth Winter to the Museum and show her around. She was very keen to see the work that has gone into the reopening and to talk about our plans for the future. It was a great opportunity to demonstrate the new toilets we have had installed, as well as our new baby changing facilities and accessible toilet.”
Vital Support During the Covid-19 Pandemic
During her visit to the museum, trustees and staff discussed the challenges of the 18 months caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the vital support the museum received through Covid-19 emergency funding from funders including Pen Y Cymoedd, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Moondance Foundation, Welsh Museums Federation, MALD (Museums, Archives and Library Division of the Welsh Government) and rate relief from local government.
The trustees and staff went on to discuss the successful reopening of the museum which has seen the museum reopen 4 days a week, the recently relaunched room and venue hire offer and the reopening the mezzanine gallery on the 22nd of September.
Trustees and Volunteers Needed
As part of the visit, the museum team shared their work planning for the future of the museum and the next steps they are looking to make to ensure the museum continues to recover and thrive. This included the current work by the museum to recruit new trustees and volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a trustee or volunteer of the museum please get in touch now by following the links below to find out more information and to find out how to get in touch.
Whats on Next
Cynon Valley Museum is continuing to work to establish itself following almost 15 months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The next step for the museum is reopening the Mezzanine Gallery which will see three local art groups, Aberdare Art Society, Miskin Art Society and Hirwaun Library Art Group, exhibit together for the very first time and the first time each group has exhibited at the museum since the pandemic began.