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Coal and Community in Wales: The Miners' Strike, before, during and after

Rhondda Heritage Park
Wednesday 6 March - Friday 31 May 2024
Telephone: 01443 682036
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Join us in commemorating the 40th anniversary of The Miners’ Strike as we reflect on its lasting legacy with a brand-new exhibition.

Opening on 6th March, the free to view exhibition features images by freelance photographer Richard Williams who realised from his teenage years he was witnessing the decline of the South Wales coal mining industry and felt compelled to document this tumultuous time in our nation’s history.

His images offer a raw insight into the period leading up to and just after the 1984-85 Miners' Strike. Through his lens, Williams captures the emotions and reality of mining communities, showcasing resilience amidst industrial decline.

From the poignant final years of the industry to the upheaval caused by open-cast mining, Williams' photographs paint a vivid picture, revealing the profound impact on livelihoods and communities.

Born in Bridgend, Richard is a former Pontypridd Observer and Western Mail photographer and picture editor.

Join us in commemorating the 40th anniversary of the strike as we reflect on its lasting legacy. Through Williams' lens, explore the rich history and enduring spirit of south Wales – a testament to the strength of its people in the face of adversity.

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