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.

Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery

Proposed Closure

Members will no doubt be aware that the Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery has been earmarked for closure by Rhondda Cynon Tâf County Borough Council. This most valuable civic amenity was won after a long struggle by the town’s citizens, but especially by History Society members, several of whom are no longer with us.

A public meeting was organised with the purpose of opposing the closure of the Museum & Gallery. It took place on Monday, February 3rd at Green Street Methodist Church. As a consequence, the following activities were organised: on Saturday February 22nd, a demonstration to take place outside the Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery, moving to Aberdare Market. The event has now occurred: the weather was fine and there was a good turnout - click the small ‘photos’ image on this
Facebook page to see a photo gallery of Saturday’s demonstration, and here for coverage in the local press.

On Monday February 24th we took the petitions and letters to the Council HQ at Clydach Vale. The Cabinet will be making their decision in March and we intend to organise another bus on that date. Details about this to be advised.

The online petition has been handed in with additional letters of support. There were 1,142 signatures spread over 37 pages with support from all over the world !

Recent Publication: An Archive of Hanes, the newsletter of the Society, plus more!

Hanes DVD Disc

The Hanes Disc

The disc contains the following:

  • Copies of Hanes Nos.1 to 56, (July 1984- Autumn 2011)
  • A reprint of A Descriptive Account of Aberdare, Illustrated. (published in 1892)
  • Children of the Mines in the Cynon Valley (published in 1987 and 1999)
  • Two portfolios of Sketches of the Cynon Valley in 1827-1828, (published in 1972 and 1974)
  • A Timeline of the history of the Cynon Valley, in English and Welsh, (the versions are not identical). The timelines shown are those which were current on the website in 2011.

The disc is supplied in a slim-line DVD case as illustrated. Please note, the disc does not contain any audio or video.

This disc is designed to be used only with a computer equipped to read DVD datadiscs, using Adobe Reader software. Virtually all modern computers will be capable of reading the disc. It will not work with a domestic DVD player designed for use with a TV.

The disc can be purchased for £5 at Society meetings.
It is also available by mail order for £5.75, including postage and packing from Mr Haydn Williams, contact details below:

      Haydn Contact
St Johns


Commercial Place
Commercial Place, Aberdare

small tithe map
Aberdare village according to the
Tithe map of 1847