We’ve been digging through pages (and pages) of evaluation records and data as we complete “The Last Generation of Coalminers” project. (AKA “Last Voices of the Rhondda” / “Kings of the Underground”) A few quotes from those involved and saw the exhibition:

“My father (Keith Tomlin) constantly talked about his mining experience and was privileged to take part in this project.  As my father had passed after the project it was great to see his face, and hear his voice in the exhibition, knowing his comments will last forever.” Jason Tomlin, son of deceased miner, Keith Tomlin

“A beautiful illustration of modern Welsh history, the silent monochrome images emphasise the voices of the people interviewed and their past.  They have colourful insights on community and a sense of belonging.”  Anonymous, at Waterfront Museum

Overall it was an innovative project that delivered far more than preserving oral histories. It brought a variety of groups and individuals together with a shared interest in creating something wonderful.Kathrin Lewis, Outreach Heritage Officer, Rhondda Heritage Park

“The theme of this exhibition “Kings of the Underground” aligns with what,  Amgueddfa Cymru’s National Waterfront Museum is about.  We celebrate the human story of Welsh industry for the last 300 years as well as innovation in today’s Wales. So having an exhibition that focuses on the workers in the coal industry that also uses new technologies and photogrammetry ticks all of our boxes.”Steph Mastoris, Head of National Waterfront Museum Swansea, Amgueddfa Cymru

“I worked for 28 ½ years underground. I really enjoyed talking to someone, that didn’t know about me, and trying to memorize my past.   It made me feel proud of my past.” Robert Davies,  ex-collier

“This project represents an excellent example of how the creative industries and higher education can develop effective collaborations. ”  Duncan Cook, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

“Outstanding exhibition.  Brought a tear to my eye.  Well done and thank you Miners & Wives of Wales & Britain.”  Tony Debbie, at Waterfront Museum

The children heard first hand accounts which brought the project to life and used new technology which brought their understanding of their heritage and identity into the 21st Century. ” Liz Bradley  Headteacher, Hafod Primary School

Over all it was a great to be involved in such an innovative project. It has also helped us to develop a digital offer and also to build lasting partnerships.” Esta Lewis, Heritage Services Supervisor, Rhondda Heritage Park

I loved using the VR headset and coming to the museum to see the artwork (we created).” Pupil, Croeserw Primary School

I enjoyed listening to the miners and making their portrait” Pupil, Pen Afan Primary

“I enjoyed the (VR) game because it shows what being a miner is like.” Pupil, Cymer Afan Primary

“The 3D modeling itself was extremely impressive and showed the pupils what is possible in modern technology.  The VR headset sessions were extremely memorable for pupils and teachers alike.” Rob Appleby,  Headteacher of Upper Afan Valley Schools Federation

Being part of a community that is steeped in mining heritage is often taken for granted by young people …. This gave them a new sense of respect for our heritage and the importance of maintaining it and improving it going forward.” Jamie Jones, Deputy Head teacher , Maerdy Primary School