Last Generation of Welsh Miners Project 

(AKA Last Voices of the Rhondda / Kings of the Underground)

A community based heritage project that captures oral histories and full 3D portraits of the Last Generation of Welsh Coal Miners. 

The project partners with Rhondda Heritage Park and National Waterfront Museum (Museum of Wales) and will have two exhibitions.  The project involves workshops with young learners and will create unique audio and visual heritage that will be stored and managed by South Wales Miners Library  (Swansea University).

This project is vital at this juncture in Wales’ heritage, as numbers of surviving Welsh miners is diminishing, and their heritage and memories, are being lost fore-ever.  

The project uses some of the latest audio- visual techniques available.  We will create high quality 3D portraits of the miners using a portable photogrammetry studio. 

The museum project partners, will exhibit at The Rhondda Heritage Park (early 2022 – “Last Voices of Rhondda”) and The National Waterfront Museum (Oct 2022 – March 2023  – “Kings of the Underground”) which will include miners from the across the South Wales Coalfield.

Primary schools in Rhondda – Hafod, Parc & Maerdy  and  Afan Valley Schools Federation and a youth group (ACE Cardiff) are involved in heritage-based workshops which will introduce some of the techniques, including 3D model-making,  voice recordings and heritage-based arts.  

The project will record the recollections of ex-miners including Welsh-speaking miners.

Project Stakeholders

Vision Fountain cic – project lead 

National Lottery Heritage Fund  – primary funder

Rhondda Heritage Park – exhibition, workshop and portrait venue &  community contact

National Waterfront Museum – exhibition, workshop and portrait venue &  community contact

Rhondda Valley Primary Schools (Hafod, Cwm-parc,  Maerdy) – heritage workshops

Afan Valley Schools Federation (4 x primary schools) – heritage workshops

ACE Cardiff – heritage / 3d and arts workshops for young people & community contacts

Big Pit (Nat Museum) – community contacts and outreach

South Wales Miners Library (Swansea University) – project generated archive storage

NUM South Wales – National union of Miners