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!
Museum, Industrial heritage site
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.
Industry, Social History
"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.
- Any age
- Family friendly
Historic winding engine running
- 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.
- Any age