About the Society
Historical Notes



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.

  1. Cynon Valley Museum Trust
    The Cynon Valley Museum Trust intend re-opening our Museum this Autumn. Please see the ‘Expression of Interest Form’ — download here.
    They are seeking any assistance, now or in the future, in the following:
    • Admin Support
    • Fundraising
    • Café
    • Training
    • Research and Development
    • Marketing and Social Media
    • Collections
    • Events
    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.
  2. Society Summer Outing 2015
    The Society’s Summer Outing will take place on Saturday, July 11th, 2015. We will leave Aberdare at 9am and arrive at the National Botanic Garden of Wales at approximately 10.30am. We will depart the Gardens at 1.30pm for Laugharne where time can be spent at your leisure. The time of leaving Laugharne will be flexible according to weather conditions but we will leave no later than 4.30pm to enable us to arrive back in Aberdare by 6pm. The cost of the day will be £20.00 per person, this will include:
    i.   The cost of the coach
    ii.  The entrance to the National Botanic Garden of Wales
    iii. The tip for the driver


St Johns
Commercial Place

Commercial Place, Aberdare

small tithe map

Aberdare village according to the
Tithe map of 1847