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Our East Gallery features a changing programme of fascinating exhibitions each year, always supplemented by loans from the wider local community.
“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.
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.
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.
"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".
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 reminscence 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.
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.
Opens Saturday 24th October
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.
Saturday 2nd August, 2014 until 11th October, 2015
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:
"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."
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.
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.
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.