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Winding House
Cross Street
New Tredegar
NP24 6EG

01443 822 666

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Research Room

Heritage Research Centre

The Winding House research library 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 museum's diverse collection of historic images and documents can be accessed by appointment in the Heritage Research Centre.

Please note that from September 2019 access to the research library is available by appointment only. To arrange access please contact the Winding House prior to your visit.


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.

Click here to download our Heritage Research Centre flyer

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 14000.

  Excavations at Gelligaer Roman Fort, early 1900s, photographed by Arthur Wright, school master at Lewis Boys' School, Pengam. Copyright Winding House, Museums and Heritage Service, Caerphilly County Borough Council.          


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 public access computer have internet access which includes free library-level access to websites and

Public access computers provide internet access to a range of useful research  websites

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.

First World War research

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.

War Memorials in Caerphilly County Borough

Ystrad Mynach War Memorial

As part of our research for our previous 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.

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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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