Aber Valley Heritage Centre

In recent years the Aber Valley Heritage Committee have established a Heritage Museum situated within Senghenydd Community Centre on Gwern Avenue.

The Aber Valley Heritage Museum has recently re-located to a larger room at The Centre, Senghenydd.

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.

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.

Resources at the Museum include mining related objects, photographic displays, archive films and inter-active touch-screens which contain hundreds of images showing the people of the valley, local landmarks and buildings through the years.

Come and visit us! We are open Monday to Saturday between 11am and 2pm (excluding Bank Holidays) and admission is free of charge to everyone. The tea room at The Centre will also be open for refreshments between those times.

Toilet facilities (including disabled toilet) also available. Lift access to all floors. Plenty of on street parking available.

We kindly request that groups / schools please telephone the Museum on 02920 830445 to book a date for your visit to ensure you get the most out of your visit.

Heritage Centre



A typical act of bravery took place on 17th August 1917 when Sgt Gilbert Lloyd, (Senghenydd), South Wales Borderers who, together with five others soldiers, held an isolated position until his battalion had been relieved and then brought out their wounded whilst still under fire.

He was awarded the MM at a local ceremony held on “The Rec” in August 19, 1919.  At this same ceremony where the villagers turned out in their thousands to see Colonel H E Morgan Lindsay, CB, DSO award the decorations to Sgt Lloyd and the men and also to the families of those Killed in Action (KIA). All listed below.

Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)   Military Medal (MM)

Cpl. Tom Locke Sapper Robert Jackson

Pte. William Higgs Bdr. H C Fleet

Dvr. R G Taylor

Gnr. David Davies

Sgt. King Humphries

Pte. Syd Edwards


Distinguished Conduct Medal Military Cross (MC)

Sgt. T H Brown (KIA) Lt. J A Roberts(KIA)

(accepted by his wife) (accepted by his father)

Photo of Sgt Gilbert Lloyd


Wounded on three occasions before winning the MM in 1917.  Became a


Lieutenant in Home Guard, Aber and

and Senghenydd Platoon 1940-46.

Secretary of local Ex-Servicemen’s

Club for over 50 years.