Merthyr’s Black Gold  ( Heritage Lottery Fund / Ffos-y-Fran Community Development Fund)

“Merthyr’s Black Gold provided the Museum Service with opportunities to engage with participants onsite at Cyfarthfa Castle and an additional opportunity to take the museum collection and resources to schools and community venues. Introducing participants to this heritage at the museum in an engaging way helps to promote the museum as a safe learning space.”

– Benjamin Price, Education and Interpretation Officer, Cyfarthfa Museum & Art Gallery

“Merthyr’s Black Gold was a highly successful and engaging project that involved 189 young people. The project enabled people to develop key skills in areas such as oral histories, 3D scanning and working with digital assets. A number of outputs came from the project including a short film. This has left a lasting legacy of both the project and this important heritage”.

– Bethan Williams, Grants Officer, Heritage Lottery Fund (Wales)

“The `Merthyr Black Gold` project was a great success in school and was a very worthwhile experience for both pupils and teachers. The pupils were active participants in all sessions and were able to dress up in period costume, tell stories, draw, handle artefacts from the museum and use the 3d scanners and cameras. They were immersed in history…….The team from Vision Fountain and Cyfarthfa Castle worked relentlessly to ensure the pupils gained as much as possible from it.”

-Tara Nicholls, Ynysowen Primary School

Our Mountain (Arts Council Wales / Pen-y-Cymoedd Community Fund)

“This was an exciting proposal involving young people not only in skills development, but in helping them to really look at, consider, understand and value their local surroundings, communities and heritage. It brought together children in two valleys on either side of a mountain, hopefully making connections of all kinds that will endure”

Barbara Anglezarke, Executive Director, Pen y Cymoedd Community Fund

“The project enabled the young learners to imagine creatively. The level of oracy (in the film) was emotional. Some children who are normally reluctant to talk relayed powerful stories. We had pupils, (mainly boys) who have low self esteem, being fully involved and happy to be part of the project.”

– Mrs Janine Mundy, Head Mistress, Rhigos Primary School

“Both the teachers and the staff developed skills throughout the project – including photography, animation and art skills. It was a highly creative project where-by the children worked in groups in the class to explore ideas and to communicate with one another. They were able to experience arts in a way that is not normally accessible in school. We will be considering how we can use these newly acquired skills in a different way in school.”

Mrs Alison Morgan, Class teacher Pen-Pych Community School

Motor Mouths (British Motor Museum)

“The ‘Motor Mouths’ project was a sheer delight to see unfold. The family workshop produced a delightful animation and poster which we were able to pass onto the participating visitors.”

Emma Rawlinson, Family & Lifelong Learning Officer, British Motor Museum

Elliot’s 50th (Winding House Museum)

“I loved the film that you made for the Winding House Museum. It was honest and true. It was a pleasure to be involved. And great to meet old friends again in the workshops.”

Les Lewis, Ex-miner, who took part in the workshops for 50th Anniversary of Elliot Mine

Energy+Notion- schools (Cardiff University)

“Any work generated by the project had to fit in with the curriculum and Literacy and Numeracy Framework. We found this easy to achieve and used the ENERGY & NOTION project as a vehicle to fulfil many of the demands of the curriculum.”

Jill Thomas, Year 6, Pantyscallog Primary School, Merthyr