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Museum Open Day

The latest Open Day at the Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery takes place on Saturday, June 27. 

As well as all the regular exhibits, attractions will include the Alun Lewis Centenary Exhibition, along with a poetry workshop led by acclaimed Welsh poet Patrick Jones. 

This fabulous FREE event, organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and the Cynon Valley Museum Trust, is aimed at all ages and will offer visitors the chance to discover what life was like in the County Borough in bygone years. 

The doors of the museum will be open from 10am until 4pm. All are welcome. 

The Alun Lewis Art Exhibition, inspired by his poems, will feature the works of local schoolchildren. 

The exhibition will coincide with three special events being held in the County Borough next week to mark the centenary of his birth

Alun Lewis, the son of a schoolteacher, was born in the village of Cwmaman, near Aberdare, on July 1, 1915.

His first book, Raider's Dawn and Other Poems, was published in 1942, followed by a volume of short stories. Alun Lewis was dispatched to Burma with the South Wales Borderers in 1942 and died from gunshot wounds on March 5, 1944.

His second book of poems, Ha!Ha! Among the Trumpets. Poems in Transit, was published posthumously in August 1945, and his Letters from India in 1946. Several collections of his poems, letters and stories have been published subsequently.

Patrick Jones, who has worked on projects with the Manic Street Preachers and has performed his own poetry all over the world, will lead a workshop based on the works of Alun Lewis. 

The workshops, aimed at both children and adults, are FREE of charge, but booking a place in advance is essential. 

  • The Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery Open Day takes place on Saturday, June 27, from 10am until 4pm. For further details or to book your place on the workshops, call 01443 682036.