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‘Scargill Valley’: The 1984/5 Miners’ Strike

This blog will focus on an item in our collection used for industrial action, particularly the miners’ strike of 1985/85. The Penrhiwceiber Colliery Lodge banner beholds the story of a group of [...]

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Shepherds, Foresters and Buffaloes: The Friendly Societies of Aberdare

The Museum’s Church and Chapel case contains one of the most striking displays in the gallery. Among its many treasures is a splendid collection of Friendly Society regalia, medals, collars and [...]

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Jazz Bands of the South Wales Valleys, 1926

Jazz Bands in 1926 – A political and social history. In 1926, the country experienced a bitter general strike followed, in some areas, by a longer lock-out in the coal industry. The event [...]

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The History of the Aberdare and District Co-operative Society – Part 2

Welcome to Part Two of the Co-operative Society blogs!   As discussed in Part One of the blog, in 1927 the Cwmbach Society merged with the previously amalgamated Aberdare and Trecynon [...]

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The History of the Aberdare and District Co-operative Society – Part 1

The emergence of Co-operative Societies, 19th century The first Co-operative societies in Wales were established in the South Wales valleys. They were modelled on the Rochdale Pioneers of [...]

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The Story of Guto Nyth Bran

New Year’s Eve, known in Wales as Nos Galan, is usually celebrated in the traditional English way, but in a part of Cynon Valley, the night is observed with a unique event. Held at Llanwonno and [...]

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The Life of Bernard Baldwin, Founder of the Nos Galan Races – Part 2

Welcome back to the second part of the Bernard Baldwin blogs! This article is inspired by the objects from the C.V.M. collection, which are presented throughout. They are concerning an event, Nos [...]

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Collecting 2020

The Cynon Valley Museum tells the story of the Cynon Valley from the distant past to the present day, it is the story of our community. As we continue through time we must continue collecting, so [...]

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The Life of Bernard Baldwin, Founder of the Nos Galan Races – Part 1

This article is inspired by the objects from the C.V.M. collection, which will be presented throughout. They are concerning an event, Nos Galan founded by Bernard Baldwin in 1958. Some of the [...]

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The Cynon Valley in Prehistory: The Bronze Age

The Bronze Age The Bronze Age period stretches across the end of the Neolithic 1750 years from 2500BC to 750BC to the start of the Iron Age. In comparison, that would be the same as seeing the [...]

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