We had a lovely day in Rhondda Heritage Park with the the children from Hafod Primary School that took part in the Last Voices of the Rhondda project.

The children, as usual, were a delgiht to host. And the staff from Rhondda Heritage Park, the miner guides and Outreach Officer Kathrine Lewis, showed them around the mining experience. As well as visting the underground mine, the children learnt what it was like to wash clothes, before washing machines. They used old washing boards, carbonic soap and a mangle to squeeze the water out.

Hafod Primary School visit Rhondda Heritage Park. The primary school in the base of the Rhondda Valley. The young learners came to experience the park and also view the Last Voices of The Rhondda Project, in which the class participated. Here they are learning about washing clothes – without a washing machine! Credit photo ©Vision Fountain

The children also had the chance to see the “Last Voices of the Rhondda” exhibition in which they participated. As well as learning about 3D technology, that was used in the project, they could see the fabulous portraits of ex-miner and part-time mining guide Ron Eveliegh that they made.

Hafod Primary School visit Rhondda Heritage Park. The primary school in the base of the Rhondda Valley. The young learners came to experience the park and also view the Last Voices of The Rhondda Project, in which the class participated Credit photo ©Vision Fountain

The children, also had the opportunity, for the first time to listen to the soundscape that featured the recordings of 15 miners and miners wives from the Rhondda Valley.