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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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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 Neolithic

A Different Way of Life: The Neolithic The beginning of the ‘early Neolithic c.4100-3000 BCE’ saw individuals in society move from the Mesolithic forager to a more domesticated, sedentary living. [...]

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The Linton Brothers

The Linton Brothers took the cycling world by storm, they beat the best from across the world and became some of the world’s first sport stars. This is their story.   Growing Up As [...]

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Y Côr Mawr Commemorative Medal

This fine silver commemorative medal was presented by Richard Fothergill of Abernant House, ironmaster and Member of Parliament for Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil to each member of Y Côr Mawr [...]

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Photography imitating art

The Cynon Valley has been home to many talented artists over history. This week we look into the lives of two very different artists – photographer Hans Hoyer, and “the Welsh Van Gogh”, Nicholas [...]

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Mr G. I. John’s Wagon Models

This latest article tells the stories of four model wagons in the Cynon Valley collection. G. I. John: Town librarian, Aberdare. The four examples of model wagons in this article belonged to Mr [...]

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Sister, sister: 19th century sketches of the Cynon valley

The Museum holds a significant collection of sketches by the Bacon Sisters, many of which are available to view on the People’s Collection Wales website. Who were the Bacon sisters? The sketches [...]