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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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Memories of the Silver Screen: The History of Cinema in the Cynon Valley

The museum collection includes interesting objects that are today as unfamiliar and unrecognisable to the younger generation as a farthingale. Some of these items include a magic lantern, a [...]

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The Mountain Ash Choir: Hands Across the Ocean

From White House, Washington to Council House, Mountain Ash With changes in the US Presidency this year, the White House has been very much in the centre of world politics. Built between 1792 and [...]

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The Festival of Britain 1951 in the Valleys

This blog post tells the story of local celebrations linked to the National Festival of Britain 1951 through objects in our collection, such as a theatre safety curtain and paper dresses. In [...]

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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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