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Winding House
Cross Street
New Tredegar
NP24 6EG

01443 822 666

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East Gallery

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


Photography Exhibition by Maesycwmmer Camera Club

Maesycwmmer Camera Club present an exhibition of photographs taken by members of the club. The exhibit will continue until April 2019.

The exhibition will include a widre range of subjects; from landscapes and portraits to wildlife, live music photographs and unusual shots using cutting edge techniques.

The Winding Engine

The Winding House is built on the site of the former Elliot Colliery. The museum’s centre-piece is the original Victorian winding engine. This remarkable machinery was used to operate the cages which transported men and coal between the surface and the mine below. Our dedicated and enthusiastic Engine Volunteers maintain and run the engine for members of the public on specific days throughout the year.

 Some of the Engine Volunteers who help maintain the historic winding engine.



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. 

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.



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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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