The Blaenrhondda project is a collaboration between Cadw and the Valleys Kids youth group that will explore the industrial and social history of the former Fernhill Colliery and its adjacent demolished settlement. The project will build on Cadw’s current programme of community engagement, but will work with an entirely new group of individuals and partners. Key partners and contributors were identified during the consultation process and include Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, Birmingham University, Big Pit National Mining Museum, CISWO, Taliesin Conservation, Rhondda Historical Society and members of the former mining community in the Rhondda Valley.
The project will employ a mix of traditional archaeological techniques, innovative digital media and social engagement to connect the young people with their industrial past and that of the communities that sprung up around the former mining site. The project aims to help bridge the inter-generational divide within the community, with the older generations (many of whom lived and/or worked at the colliery site and settlement) working with the young people to help them understand, document and disseminate the history of the community of which they are all a part. There are several areas of cross-over between the Blaenrhondda project and other Unloved Heritage? projects and, where feasible, collaborative working will be carried between these projects.