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The Aber Valley Heritage Group was established several years ago by a committee of local volunteers, keen to preserve the rich heritage of the communities within the Aber Valley.

This website aims to give you all the latest news of our project’s development, including any upcoming events, how you can support us and details of our developing plans to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Universal Colliery Explosion in 2013.

The Universal Colliery in Senghenydd was the scene of the largest mining disaster in British history, when in 1913, 440 men and boys (including one rescue worker) lost their lives in a devastating explosion. This followed a previous disaster in 1901 where 81 colliery workers were also killed.

In recent years the committee have established a Heritage Museum situated within Senghenydd Community Centre on Gwern Avenue. Although the museum is largely devoted to commemorating these explosions it also documents the wider history of the Valley, including the Windsor Colliery, the sporting achievements of local residents, the old shops and buildings, memories of community events and the community’s involvement in the World Wars.

If you have any photos or memories about the Aber Valley please e-mail senghen.heritage@btconnect.com - this will help us show a world wide audience about the rich history of the Aber Valley.  

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Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall sign the visitor book

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visit the National Mining Memorial

On 3 July 2014, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the National Mining Memorial for Wales to lay a wreath in memory of all miners killed in Welsh collieries.

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The new sculpture at the National Mining Memorial in Senghenydd

Sculpture and service to honour mining victims

A new sculpture commemorating those who lost their lives in the Universal Colliery Disaster of 1913 has been unveiled in Senghenydd.

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Contact

Aber Valley Heritage Museum
Gwern Avenue
Senghenydd
CF83 4HA
Tel: 02920 830445
E-mail:  senghen.heritage@btconnect.com