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Miners’ Safety Lamps: A Local Product

The museum has safety lamps on display with miners’ tags and other equipment. Only equipment to the layman, but essential and lifesaving to miners who see these artifices as symbols of the [...]

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Women Supporting the Miners

From the onset of mining history, women were involved with the mining industry in their support.  Female activists in the mining community protested alongside their husbands, fathers and brothers [...]

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Pamela ‘Mother’ Shepherd, 1836 – 1930

International Women’s Day is 8th March each year. This is the opportunity for us to consider the contribution to the public life of a woman who had an enormous influence on the Aberdare [...]

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Dai Dower: Boxing Legend of Abercynon

The Museum collection displays boxing gloves, robe, tickets and memorabilia relating to Abercynon born boxing legend Dai Dower M.B.E, tangible objects tunnelling you back to a seemingly black and [...]

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Women in the Mines

Women in the Mines Many people today can recall what the valleys were like in the 1960s, 70s and 80s when mining and steelworks were dominant. Roads were busy with lorries, the railways were in [...]

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The Iron Age Llyn Fawr Hoard

LLYN FAWR and LLYN FACH Llyn Fawr, and the smaller Llyn Fach, are natural lakes situated below Craig Y Llyn (Rhigos Mountain) at the North-West end of the Rhondda Cynon Taff area. Humans [...]

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The Work of Paul Peter Piech

The Work of Paul Peter Piech – a lesson for all The museum boasts a large collection of linocut prints by artist Paul Peter Piech, including a small collection of ‘Racism is a [...]

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Paul Robeson and the Cwmbach Male Choir

The connection between Paul Robeson, the Cwmbach Male Choir, and the South Wales NUM I first discovered the inspirational figure of Paul Robeson thanks to the Manic Street Preachers 2001 single [...]

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The Sport of Quoits in the Cynon Valley

When looking down from Penrhiwllech Trail, above the lake at the Dare Valley Park, you will see a field with a large hut, in front of a row of houses. This field was the site of the 1936 Quoits [...]

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Rees Hopkin Rhys, 1819 – 1899

A marble bust, the face stern and uncompromising, yet of lonely countenance, looks out from the public health display case in the museum’s gallery. The bust’s true to life likeness is that of [...]

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