The Cynon Valley Collection, is the story of our valley from the earliest times to the present day. It is the story of you, your family and friends and the people of the Cynon Valley. Each object in the collection has a story to tell, ‘Stories from the Collection’ takes a look at the objects which make up our collection, shining a light on the individual stories which make up the history of the Cynon Valley.

Rose Davies: local socialist feminist honoured with a Purple Plaque at Cynon Valley Museum

Rose Davies 1882 – 1958: A Purple Plaque to Honour Local Activist The Cynon Valley Museum is pleased to announce that a Purple Plaque in memory of Welsh Labour activist, local Alderman and Councillor Rose Davies has been unveiled at the museum in Aberdare. She was a prominent public figure in her lifetime, sadly largely […]

Coronation Celebrations: Change and Continuity

Coronation Celebrations: Change and Continuity On the 8th of September 2022, Queen Elizabeth II died after reigning for 70 years. She came to the throne, a young woman of 27, her coronation taking place on the 2nd of June 1953. It was only 8 years since the end of World War II, the National Health […]

Donate To The Museum Collection

Donate to the Cynon Valley Museum Collection The Cynon Valley Museum is a fully Accredited Museum under the Arts Council’s Accreditation Scheme; the museum has been accredited since 2006.  As of 2014, the museum collection is owned and managed by RCT County Borough Council. The Museum tells the story of the Cynon Valley from prehistoric […]

Paul Robeson and Wales: A Proud Bond (a follow up article)

  Paul Robeson and Wales: A Proud Bond   Photo by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons   Introduction ‘There is no place in the world I like more than Wales’ – Paul Robeson, Western Mail. 24th February, 1949 For Black History Month this year, we revisit the powerful relationship […]

The Life of Caradog

Bywyd Caradog




What do you know about the Co-operative Movement in Wales?

Follow this interactive historical timeline and learn about the origins and developments of Co-operative Societies in the Cynon valley, accompanied by objects from our collection.

Follow this link for the timeline.


Co-operative societies in the Cynon Valley were the first of their kind in Wales.

Through objects in our collection, discover the origins of The Cwmbach Co-operative Society, the increase in trade and success, and the subsequent amalgamation between the societies.

Follow this link for Part One of the blog.


The Aberdare and District Co-operative Society became the largest society in South Wales and was also known as the ‘spiritual centre of co-operation in Wales.’

Through objects from the collection, discover the history and economic and social impacts of the Aberdare and District Co-operative Society.

Follow this link for Part Two of the blog.



Join us as we experience a day in the life of a competitor in Nos Galan, the annual road race event which takes place in the town of Mountain Ash. We will take you on this journey through objects belonging to the Cynon Valley Museum’s collection, you can learn of the history, structure, and traditions of this fantastic local event. Follow this link for the full exhibition.


This year Nos Galan is a little different. It will be taking place throughout December, allowing participants to complete the 5km in their own time and post their results online. To celebrate this year’s virtual Nos Galan, we have a daily digital Nos Galan countdown, showcasing the objects in our collection that relate to this local event throughout the years. Follow this link to count down with us!


A Virtual Walking Tour of Aberdare's Jewish History

Join the Jewish History Association of South Wales and take a step back in time for a virtual walking tour of Aberdare’s Jewish History. Do you remember any of these people or businesses?  Follow this link for the full exhibition.

Merchants and Moneylenders: Popular Jewish Businesses in the Cynon Valley

Do you remember any of these businesses? Jacobs and Sons Ltd, Jane Cooper, Aberdare Furnishing Company, The Record Salon, M Sugarman and Sons and Victor Freed’s? They were all run by Jewish families. Research by JHASW has revealed their history. Follow this link for the full exhibtion.

Record Sleeve Sold By Victor Freed
The Life of Victor Freed

Victor Freed business, described as the complete house furnisher’s and musical instrument dealer’s. Opening in 1904 the business expanded and by the 1950’s had spread across South Wales. This is the life of Victor Freed told through the collection at the Cynon Valley Museum. Follow this link for the full exhibition.

Morris Jacobs: A Draper for All

Morris Jacobs clothed the people of the Cynon Valley. Starting out as pawnbroker Morriss would move and expand his buisness becoming famed as a draper for all people. This is his story told through the collection at the Cynon Valley Museum. Follow this link for the full exhibtion.

Make an object donation

to the Cynon Valley Collection

The historic collection held at the Museum is under the legal guardianship of Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC. For this reason, Heritage Service Staff have the responsibility for accessioning new items to the collection.

If you have an object you wish to donate to the Museum, please use our contact form to get in touch. There is a small team of volunteers who undertake an initial assessment of the object(s) and may get in touch with you further to discuss this. The decision for new acqusitions is made by the RCT Heritage Service, who are based at the Rhondda Heritage Park. Staff from the Heritage Service are at the Cynon Valley Museum once a week.


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