Discover the history and heritage of the Abertillery area at Abertillery and District Museum - the museum has something for everyone, old and young. See the Bronze Age axe from the settlement at Llanerch Padarn high above Cwmtillery; Visit the authentic miner's kitchen; Find out how Abertillery developed as a coal-mining town. The museum is situated on the ground floor of the Metropole Theatre on Market Street. It is a vital part of any visit to Abertillery, and an invaluable resource for local people wishing to learn more and enjoy and understand the rich cultural and industrial heritage of the area.
The museum houses and holds a superb collection of local archive material including oral history, photographs, written material and objects. This ranges from prehistoric and Roman material to artefacts made and collected during the miners' strike of the 1984/85 and includes objects, geological specimens, photographs, drawings, models, paintings, and items of costume. More recent material covers the impact of the World wars on civilian life and the role of local people in the services and war-time industries, the Six Bells mining disaster of 1960, the miners' strike of 1984 and the final demise of the coal mining industry in the area with banners, photographs and printed ephemera of the trade unionism and radical politics in the area. The friendly, knowledgeable members who run the museum also deal with requests for information from the public.
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