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The Winding House research room has undergone development, following the relocation of the family history section of Caerphilly County Borough library service, back to the newly opened Bargoed Library.
The County Borough’s collections.
The museum’s Heritage Research Centre aims to make the museum collection more accessible to the public as an aid to research. Click on the image below to download our Heritage Research Centre flyer to find out more.
The museum collection consists of objects, documents & photographs relating to the social & domestic history, as well as industrial history, of the whole of the Caerphilly County Borough area. When the Winding House opened in 2008 there were 1500 items on the catalogue but today there are over 12 500.
We also hold a collection of Ordnance Survey maps of mainly western Gwent which will soon be available to view. In addition, our book library is continually expanding and contains some rare books. Our book collection focuses on local and industrial history.
Our three public access computers have internet access which includes free library-level access to websites Ancestry.com and FindMyPast.com.
If you would like to make use of the museum’s research facilities or are interested in finding out more about our collection for research purposes, please contact us.
Did you have family members who fought during the First World War? Why not use our Heritage Research Centre to try to find out more about their experiences ? Our 3 public access computers have free library level access to websites Find My Past and Ancestry, as well as access to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and surviving First World War records in the National Archives.
As part of our research for our new exhibition "Our Duty to Bear" - the First World War and Caerphilly County Borough, one of the museum's Volunteers has collated the names, service numbers and other details - where available - from most of the War Memorials in the County Borough.
Click here to download his database. An explanatory key appears at the end of the document, along with the location of War Memorials in the County Borough. Please note, the names are listed alphabetically. A hard copy is also available to view in the Heritage Research Centre.
External projects have also collated names on the Nelson War Memorial, the Oakdale War Memorial, the Newbridge War Memorial (now located at St Fagans: National History Museum, Cardiff) and details of the fallen from New Tredegar. Gelligaer Historical Society has also collated a database of photographs of memorials and records of casualties from war memorials in Gelligaer Parish. Please note, the Winding House is not responsible for the content of external websites.
Use our new online catalogue Chronicle Collection to search the records and databases of Caerphilly County Borough Libraries and the Museums and Heritage Service. Type in a place name or subject and discover the books, photographs, objects, digital stories and other information available in Caerphilly County Borough Council.