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Caerphilly county borough’s museum, the Winding House in New Tredegar, has been voted one of the top 10 museums in Wales in a public poll.
The campaign, run by Wales Online to coincide with the first ever Welsh Museums Festival, asked members of the public to vote for their two favourite museums in Wales. Voters were asked for their favourite amongst the national museums (St Fagans, Big Pit, the National Slate Museum, Swansea Waterfront Museum, the National Wool Museum, the Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon and the National Museum, Cardiff) and also for their favourite ‘other’, non-national museum.
Topping the national museum poll was St Fagans, while in the ‘other’ museum category, the Winding House - one of the youngest museums in the list - was voted in at number four.
The museum in New Tredegar has been open just five years and in that time has seen its collection of social and industrial history objects from Caerphilly county borough grow from 1,500 to over 12,500 – mostly through donations from members of the public. The museum has also welcomed nearly 70,000 visitors - from New Tredegar to New South Wales - and has seen its regularly changing temporary exhibition programme grow increasingly in profile. The current exhibition, ‘Our Duty to Bear’ – the First World War and Caerphilly county borough has already welcomed over 3,000 visitors since its opening in August and was the only exhibition in Wales singled out in a recent Sunday Times article about First World War commemorative events.
Cllr Ken James, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning & Sustainable Development, said: “The Winding House has gone from strength to strength since it opened five years ago. This public vote is a fantastic indication of the strength of support for the museum among the local and wider community. Congratulations to everyone at the Winding House - both staff and volunteers - who work so hard to deliver such an excellent museum service for the local community and for visitors to the County Borough.”
‘Our Duty to Bear’ – the First World War and Caerphilly county borough is open until Autumn 2015.