History enthusiasts throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf are in for a real treat with the launch of the Open Doors Programme.
In September you can learn all about famous actors, champion runners, cremation pioneers, Norman Lords, coal mining, places of worship, world-renowned porcelain, thermal springs, canals, tramroads and even Wales’ largest open-air Lido.
Once again Rhondda Cynon Taf is supporting the Open Doors programme which is organised by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, and offers both local people and visitors alike the chance to explore the hidden treasures of Wales’s culture and history.
Hundreds of attractions will offer free entry, activities or events throughout September, with some unique buildings even opening their doors to the public for the first time. The festival is a unique opportunity to discover the architecture, design, buildings, places and spaces across the country.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is supporting a total of 27 events during the month. Throughout the County Borough Open Doors gives access not only to the built heritage that may not normally be open to the general public but also talks and guided walks that help visitors enjoy the heritage that the area has to offer.
Many of the events are delivered by members of the community who have volunteered their own time to help tell the story of a subject that is dear to them.
Whatever your varied interests, from the world of heavy industry to early pilgrim walks, Open Doors has a whole host of fascinating stories to tell in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The Council;s Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Tourism & Heritage Cllr Paul Cannon said: “Rhondda Cynon Taf is blessed with a fascinating history of medieval kings and archers, famous singers and composers and of course pioneering industrialists and engineers. The wealth of historic buildings and stories associated with each of our communities is staggering.
”The county borough is largely dominated by the arrival of the coal industry and the way in which this totally transformed the valleys of our birth and home. But there are also fascinating pockets of history from the Iron Age, Roman Conquest and of course the Norman Invasion.
“Open Doors allows residents and visitors an insight into our impressive history which are not currently on show but also learn more about the County Borough from the local experts themselves.”
Wales is one of 48 countries taking part in Open Doors which is known internationally as European Heritage Days. The programme is the largest annual free celebration of architecture and heritage to be held in Wales and the wider UK.
Open Doors in Rhondda Cynon Taf is part of the Wales-wide programme of events co-ordinated by CADW. Details of all events can be found at: www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/opendoor
To see the diary of events taking place in Rhondda Cynon Taf, visit http://www.heritagetrailsrct.co.uk/index.php/open-doors