The Cynon Valley History Society was founded in Aberdare
in 1971. Our objects are to promote, encourage and maintain an active interest in the
history of the district in all its aspects; to arrange talks and lectures; to undertake
original research and assist in the collection of local material such as manuscripts,
books, artefacts and photographs, and to publish titles on local history.
The Society presents a programme of 10 lectures each
season and publishes a quarterly newsletter HANES (The Welsh word for History).
Please click on the links above to find out more about
us, our publications and programme of lectures.
Cynon Valley Museum Trust
The Cynon Valley Museum Trust re-opened the Cynon Valley Museum on
Saturday, September 3rd this year. If you are interested in volunteering
to help with keeping this facility open, please see the ‘Expression of Interest
Form’ — download
The Trust is seeking any assistance, now or in the future, in the following
• Admin Support
• Research and Development
• Marketing and Social Media
The Cynon Valley History Society was at the forefront of the campaign
to retain the Cynon Valley Museum, an institution, indeed, which was founded after
many years of campaigning by our Society.
Gorsedd of Bards
Congratulations to former CVHS member Philip Richards upon his election
to the Gorsedd of Bards, (Blue Robes). The citation is as follows: ‘Philip
Brian Richards, Mountain Ash, has been honoured for his work in the
Law sector, and this during the year of his retirement. He learnt Welsh
as a second language, and not only presides over cases in Welsh, but
has also served as Chair of the Lord Chancellor’s
Standing Committee on the Welsh Language twice. He has also been active
dros Addysg Gymraeg (Parents for Welsh Language Education), and has served as
a governor in a number of Welsh schools in Rhondda Cynon Taff over
the years.’ He
was inducted at a ceremony at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny
on August 5th this year.
Mrs Gweno Lewis
We are grateful to Meic Stephens the writer, and obituarist of The
Independent newspaper, for permission to publish his obituary of Gweno Lewis, widow
of the poet Alun Lewis. It can be found in the Historical Notes section of this website.
Chapels of the Cynon Valley, by Alan Vernon Jones, (published
In order to clear some of our stock this book is currently being offered
at £2 per copy plus £3.50 postage and packing.