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Exhibitions

East Gallery

Our East Gallery features a changing programme of fascinating exhibitions each year, always supplemented by loans from the wider local community.

Coming soon 2017

“The Life of Elliot”  Opening in 2017, our new exhibition will celebrate the life of Elliot Colliery and the people that worked there.  Explore the affect that the pit had on the local area from its opening in 1888 to its closure in 1967.

 Sir George Elliot 

Current exhibition - Open until 8 October

Back in my Day - Childhood in the Valleys

Free Entry, Open Monday— Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday - Sunday 11am – 4pm.

Come and discover our brand new exhibition! A fascinating collection of objects and images of growing up in the Valleys— from school life to play time, with plenty of hands-on fun included.

              Childhood in the valleys

 

West Gallery - Go Explore Go Discover!

                     Exploring Caerphilly Castle in the West Gallery.

Discover the hidden history of Caerphilly County Borough in our hands-on West Gallery exhibition. From Romans to Revolutions, Castles to Cavaliers, and the Iron Age to the Iron Works, there's lots to see, do and explore! 

Click on the images below to see more of the exhibition.

  • The West Gallery explores the history of the County Borough.The gallery explores the local area in pre-historic times, through to the Iron Age, the Normans, Mediaeval Wales and beyond.Also on display are Roman artefacts, discovered during excavations in Gelligaer in the early 1900s, loaned by Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museums Wales.Fragment of a stone inscription recording the construction of one of the buildings at Gelligaer Roman Fort. Loaned by Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museums Wales.The display cases include a range of fascinating objects from the museum collection, including those relating to recent social history. Objects from the County Borough's industrial history also feature.The exhibition also contains fun interactives, such as this 3-D jigsaw of Caerphilly Castle.Visitors can also try making their own Bronze Age style clay pot.Explore the history of the County Borough further with our interactive touchscreen map.

 

Some comments from our visitors:

"It was excellent! One of the best hands on museums I've ever been to."

"Very interesting and informative, especially for children."

"I love it so much!Very enjoyable for the whole family. Very good, especially being able to interact with the exhibits. It was very good for all of us".

 

Community Exhibitions and Rempods

Vintage shop "Rempod", one of many pop-up reminscence rooms to be displayed     

We also have a community exhibition space at the Winding House, on our first floor landing. It is designed to provide additional exhibition space for displays created by the Winding House and the Winding House Friends and Volunteers, and also used as space to display "Rempods". These pop-up reminiscence rooms evoke key periods and places of the past and the Winding House is the first public venue in the County Borough to display them. They have been designed specifically to encourage reminiscence, so that carers, relatives and those living with dementia  are able to more fully enjoy the museum. Local objects from the museum's collection are displayed alongside the Rempods to give them a local twist.

This space also offers the opportunity for local community organisations and schools to display their own exhibition, provided it meets the terms of our  community exhibition policy. 

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Are you interested in using this space to display a small exhibition? Download our community exhibitions policy here to find out more or contact our Learning Officer to discuss your pupils' display.

 

Previous East Gallery exhibitions

The Somme and Mametz Remembered

Exhibition now closed

              Somme and Ma,metz Remembered

The story of the 38th (Welsh) Division and their struggle at the Battle of Mametz Wood – the first major offensive made by Welsh volunteer soldiers during World War 1.

Opening 100 years after the battle, the exhibition explores the role of the Welsh during the Somme campaign through objects, images, sound and multimedia.

The Shed Project

Exhibition now closed

              

Local artist Lee Phillips is undertaking an extensive, ongoing illustration venture, sketching every single item in his late grandfather's tool shed-a lifetime of tools and equipment collected by former collier, Handel Jones. Lee’s intricate drawings and unusual art installation  - the shed recreated with original contents inside - are the focus of our quirky new exhibition.

Our Duty to Bear" - The First World War and Caerphilly County Borough

Saturday 2nd  August, 2014 until 11th October, 2015

This exhibition is now closed.

   Most of the objects on display have been loaned to the museum by the wider local community       The exhibition explores how the War was experienced  by people from Caerphilly County Borough.      The exhibition was open until Autumn, 2015

 

 A young visitor adding to our Poppy Wall  Many personal and poignant loans from the wider local community are on display     The Winding House is part of the Imperial War Museum's First World War Centenary Partnership

To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, our major new exhibition explores how the War affected men, women and children in Caerphilly County Borough.

From the Western Front to the Home Front, the exhibition explores local experiences of the War through carefully curated objects, images, film and sound. Personal and poignant loans from the wider local community form a central role.

What was life like for those who fought on the Western Front and beyond? And what of life for those at home – knitting “comforts”, sending food parcels and experiencing changing roles for women in work and society?

Discover the experiences of the people from Caerphilly County Borough during the First World War and how the War impacted on their lives – from the young Caerphilly pilot in the Royal Flying Corps, to the escaped Prisoner of War from New Tredegar; from the mother from Fleur de Lys with 2 sons killed at 19 years, to the conscientious objector, Morgan Jones; from the Blackwood miner who joined a tunnelling regiment, to the young girl from Tirphil asking for her daddy to come home from the War.

The exhibition explores the impact of the War  through objects and images from the museum collection and through a remarkable series of personal and powerful loans from the wider local community. It also includes original film footage from the First World War period, a reconstructed trench section and recollections of the Battle of the Somme from a local soldier - in his own words - from a recording made in the 1970s.

Watch a short film about the exhibition by clicking on the image above.         

Find out how visitors have been responding to the exhibition so far by clicking on the image below:

Click to find out how our visitors have been responding to the exhibition

 

Some comments from our visitors:

"The best exhibition on the First World War we have seen in Wales."

"Excellent, heart-rending and information exhibition."

"WW1 exhibition is fantastic, very well thought out. You have really done yourselves proud. Thanks so much for a great insight into 100 years ago."

 

First World War Research

Do you have relatives named on a War Memorial in the County Borough? One of the museum's volunteers has collated names on most of the War Memorials in the area and added other details where available. Find out more here.

 

Coalfaces: a mining community in photos- Bargoed in the 1970s.

May 2013-March 2014

This exhibition featured a series of remarkable images of Bargoed and the surrounding area taken in the 1970s by Swedish photography student, Kjell-Ake Andersson. Watch a short film of the exhibition opening by Kjell-Ake Andersson forty years after his first visit to the area, by clicking on the image below:

Click on the photo gallery below for examples of some of the photographs which featured in the exhibition:

Exhibition catalogue available to buy from the museum Gift Shop or via mail order. Contact us for more details.

 

"The Titanic, the Mill and the Signal: Artie Moore and Titanic's SOS"

April 2012-February 2013

This exhibition focused on the local area's unique link to RMS Titanic and amateur radio enthusiast, Artie Moore, from Gelligroes Mill, near Pontllanfraith, who managed to pick up the ship's distress call.

 

 

Our temporary exhibition space, the East Gallery has featured a range of  fascinating and diverse exhibitions relating to the County Borough's history, heritage and culture, since the Winding House opened in 2008. See images below for other previous exhibitions.

   "The Pictures and "the stute" - Nights out in the Valleys"  May 2011-March 2012. "This Sporting Life - stories from Caerphilly County Borough"  May 2010-May 2011  "Caerphilly County Borough and the Second World War"  August 2009-May2010   "Arthur Wright - a man with an inquisitive mind." August 2008-August 2009

 

 

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The Winding House project was financed by the
European Union's Objective 1 Programme, the Welsh Assembly Goverment
and Caerphilly County Borough Council.

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