Pontypridd Museum opens for first time since Storm Dennis

The Pontypridd Museum opens to the public for the first time since the town suffered severe flooding in Storm Dennis, and a brand new community space has been unveiled.

Following the bad weather in February 2020, the basement of the museum was flooded and major repair work was required.

Monday March 7 will mark just over two years since it closed and now Pontypridd Museum, which is run by Pontypridd Town Council, will begin to welcome visitors back to the facility with new exhibits, a program of events and activities and a brand new community space in the basement.

Renovation and repair work has taken place, including the renovation of the basement, which will now serve as a community centre, housing several organizations working in various sectors in Pontypridd.

These include the Your Pontypridd BID and the Pontypridd Children’s Book Festival. It will also provide a space for community groups and individuals to meet and carry out activities.

The basement after the flood

The new Pontypridd Museum Community Center

Improved storage for the museum’s collection has also been created to reduce the risk of flooding of the many historical objects it contains.

The museum was officially reopened by Dawn Bowden MS, Deputy Minister of Arts and Sport, on Friday March 4 before fully reopening to the public on Monday March 7.

Two new exhibits will be on display – one showing the impact of Storm Dennis on Pontypridd and also showing the community resilience it witnessed.

A second exhibit will focus on the history of the museum building itself.

Morwenna Lewis, curator at Pontypridd Museum, said: “We are delighted to finally be able to welcome visitors to the museum in person.

“Everyone has worked extremely hard behind the scenes over the past two years to restore and rejuvenate this essential space in Pontypridd’s rich cultural tapestry.

“We look forward to a great year ahead, with many new exhibitions and celebrations of Pontypridd’s heritage to come.”

Harpist, Bethan Nia, during the opening ceremony

Housed in the former Welsh Baptist Chapel of the Tabernacl on Bridge Street, the Pontypridd Museum tells the story of a region transformed – from a quiet valleys community to a thriving industrial town in the heart of the South Country coalfield. Wales.

Around this industry arose a vibrant culture of music, art, sport and political activity that still shapes the city today.

Pontypridd Museum will reopen to the public on Monday 7 March

Councilor Lynda Davies, Chair of Pontypridd Town Council’s Regeneration and Museum Committee, said: “The Pontypridd Museum is of vital importance to the town and beyond, and we are very pleased to see its doors open. open again.

“The museum not only preserves Pontypridd’s past but also looks to the future of Pontypridd, inspiring new generations with the history housed within its walls and now with the welcome addition of a wonderful new community space for people get together and have fun.”

The museum will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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