Winding House

The Winding House museum
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The Winding House is THE museum for Caerphilly County Borough. Inside the striking new building you can unearth the hidden history of Caerphilly County Borough, explore our latest exhibition, research your family's past, take part in one of our many events, discover the Victorian Winding Engine, eat, drink and shop!

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday 11am-4pm

Admission charges

FREE

Additional info

Access to the Research Room must be pre-arranged and booked.

The Winding House collects material with a strong association with Caerphilly County Borough from pre-history to the present day. Its collections are largely social history and industry but are expanding as the profile of the site increases.

Collection details

Industry, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Exhibtion flyer

"Our duty to bear": the First World War and Caerphilly County Borough

  • 2 August 2014 — 30 September 2015 *on now

From the Western Front to the Home Front, the exhibition explores local experiences of the War through carefully curated objects, images, film and sound.

Discover the experiences of the people from Caerphilly County Borough during the First World War and how the War impacted on their lives – from the young Caerphilly pilot in the Royal Flying Corps, to the escaped Prisoner of War from New Tredegar; from the mother from Fleur de Lys with 2 sons killed at 19 years, to the conscientious objector, Morgan Jones; from the Blackwood miner who joined a tunnelling regiment, to the young girl from Tirphil asking for her daddy to come home from the War.

What was life like for those who fought on the Western Front and beyond? And what of life for those at home – knitting “comforts”, sending food parcels and experiencing changing roles for women in work and society?

The exhibition explores the impact of the War on the people of Caerphilly County Borough through objects and images from the museum collection and through a remarkable series of personal and powerful loans from the wider local community. It also includes original film footage from the First World War period, a reconstructed trench section and recollections of the Battle of the Somme from a local soldier - in his own words - from a recording made in the 1970s.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.windinghouse.co.uk

Girls in car

"Valleys Re-envisioned"

  • 20 July — 24 August 2015 *on now

Photography exhibition by renowned photographers David Barnes and Paul Cabuts - a pictorial expression of the people and places within the Rhymney Valley, taking in the shops, pubs, people and landscapes that make the area unique.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

Website

http://www.windinghouse.co.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Mediaevall Man in costume

Hands-On History

  • 5 August 2015 11am-1pm
  • 10 August 2015 11am-1pm
  • 12 August 2015 11am-1pm
  • 17 August 2015 11am-1pm
  • 19 August 2015 11am-1pm
  • 24 August 2015 11am-1pm
  • 26 August 2015 11am-1pm

Join us every Monday and Wednesday morning throughout the summer holidays for mystery objects, historical games and the company of a time travelling gentleman! Discover more about the Romans, Mediaeval times and the First World War. Drop in between 11am and 1pm! Simple make and take crafts for just £1.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free entry. Crafts cost £1 per person

Website

http://www.windinghouse.co.uk

Winding engine and volunteers

Historic winding engine running

  • 29 August 2015 12-12:15pm
  • 26 September 2015 12-12:15pm
  • 31 October 2015 12-12:15pm
  • 28 November 2015 12-12:15pm

The Winding House is built on the site of the former Elliot Colliery.
The museum’s centre-piece is the original Victorian winding engine.
This remarkable piece of machinery was used to operate the cages
which transported men and coal between the surface and the mine
below. Our dedicated and enthusiastic engine volunteers maintain
and run the engine for members of the public at 12pm on the last Saturday
of every month.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

Website

http://www.windinghouse.co.uk

Making mediaeval medicine

ActiviTime Summer Crafts: Mediaeval Medicine

  • 7 August 2015 11am-12pm

Find out how herbs & plants were used to help cure illnesses in the past and make your own pomander to keep the germs away!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£1.50 per child. Booking essential

Website

http://www.windinghouse.co.uk

Mediaeval tile

ActiviTime Summer Crafts - Mediaeval Tiles

  • 14 August 2015 11am-12pm

Design and create a mediaeval style clay floor tile – what symbols and shapes will you choose?

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£1.50 per child. Booking essential.

Website

http://www.windinghouse.co.uk

Making puppets

ActiviTime Summer Crafts - Puppet Theatre

  • 21 August 2015 11am-12pm

Discover more about entertainment in the early 1900s and make your own Victorian/Edwardian style puppet. “That’s the way to do it!”

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

£1.50 per child. Booking essential

Website

http://www.windinghouse.co.uk

Anderson Shelters

ActiviTime Summer Crafts-Keep Calm and Create!

  • 28 August 2015 11am-12pm

Make your own mini model Second World War air-raid shelter and find out more about life in the 1940s.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£1.50 per child. Booking Essential.

Website

http://www.windinghouse.co.uk

Museum Monday - objects

Museum Monday

  • 31 August 2015 11am-4pm

Join us this Summer Bank Holiday Monday for a day of family fun – with mystery objects, object handling, costume and more. Just drop in to join in!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry

Website

http://www.windinghouse.co.uk

Winding House
Cross Street
New Tredegar
Caerphilly
NP24 6EG
Wales

Website

www.windinghouse.co.uk

E-mail

windinghouse@caerphilly.gov.uk

Telephone

Winding House

01443 822666

Fax

01443 828216

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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