Community dinners at the Cynon Valley Museum

On 1 February, 18 February, 21 March, and 15 April 2020, we’ll be running 4 community dinners, free and open to all, at the Cynon Valley Museum.

All events are from 1.00pm – 2.30pm, in the Parry Room, Cynon Valley Museum, Depot Road, Aberdare, CF44 8DL.

Each event will involve a free buffet dinner, short talks from historians and from women involved in the miners’ strike, and discussion. We’ll also have activities available for children. All are welcome to come to one event or all four.

Meat, vegetarian and vegan options will be available. If you have other dietary requirements contact Florence on 07503836859 or f.sutcliffe-braithwaite@ucl.ac.uk 10 days in advance so we can accommodate these.


As we’re sure you understand, our events on 21 March and 15 April in Wales, and 26 March in Kent are cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. We’re really sorry about this and very much hope to reschedule at some point in the future.

Saturday 1 February: Soup Kitchens and Food Parcels during the Strike
Short talks from:

  • Sian James, a prominent activist during the strike and later MP for Swansea
  • Cleide Correia, Project Manager, Merthyr Cynon foodbank
  • Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, a historian at University College London researching women, activism and the miners' strike

Tuesday 18 February: Children and Young People in the Strike
Short talks from:

  • Tanya Dower, who was a teenager during the strike
  • Dr Natalie Thomlinson, a historian at the University of Reading researching women and families in the miners' strike

CANCELLED - Saturday 21 March: Communities Supporting the Strike
Short talks from:

  • Ann Wilson, who was involved in community support in Aberdare during the strike
  • Dr Daryl Leeworthy, a historian of Wales, discussing community groups during the strike in South Wales

CANCELLED - Wednesday 15 April: Intergenerational Reminiscence Session

  • Run by oral historians Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite and Natalie Thomlinson, this session will focus on sharing memories of the strike.
  • Learn about oral history interviewing techniques and skills, and practice on your family, friends and other guests. There will be lots of opportunities to share your own memories and ask questions.  


Community dinners at the Cynon Valley Museum