The Cynon Valley Collection
The Cynon Valley Museum is home to the Cynon Valley Collection. The collection is where over 20,000 objects, documents and photographs are kept to preserve the history of the Cynon Valley.
The Cynon Valley Collection is kept under the guardianship of the Rhondda Cynon Taf Heritage Service who are responsible for approving new items, managing the collection and the conservation of the items which are accessioned. There is also a small team of volunteers who assist with this.
The Museum runs regular store room tours which are a brilliant chance for you to get behind the scenes and explore what the collection has which isn’t on display. These are led either by the Collections Manager or a Collections Volunteer. Keep an eye out on our calendar for more information about upcoming events.
Stories from the
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 makes up the history of the Cynon Valley.
Follow this link here to find out how everyday objects can reveal what life was like in Cynon Valley in years gone by.
If you have a story to tell? Click on this link to get in touch.
Donating Items to
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. Click on this link to access the contact form. 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 acquisitions 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.
Revealing Jewish Heritage
in the Cynon Valley
The Jewish History Association of South Wales (JHASW) are researching Jewish Heritage in the Cynon Valley and across Rhondda Cynon Taf. Over the last year JHASW staff and volunteers have been working to reveal Jewish Heritage in the collection held at the Cynon Valley Museum. This has revealed numerous items relating to Jewish heritage from the 19th and 20th centuries.
You can find out more about their research in three digital exhibitions looking at prominent Jewish figures and businesses in our community. The Life of Victor Freed, Morris Jacob: A Draper for All and Merchants and Moneylenders: Popular Jewish Businesses in the Cynon Valley.