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Exhibition / Arddangosfa: How Green Was My Valley

How Green was my valley

Photographs of the South Wales Valleys Landscape by Ron McCormick

The South Wales Valleys as we know them are a result of the most extraordinary industrialisation process. A previously rural region was transformed through its rapid emergence as the greatest industrial centre in nineteenth century Britain and throughout the world. The region is rich with the relics of its industrial heritage with derelict mine workings and the isolated remnants of blast furnaces, engine houses and tram-roads scattered across the mountainsides.

Following the 1966 Aberfan disaster many of the mine workings have been replaced with sleek modern industrial estates and retail parks. One is reminded of Huw Morgan's soliloquy in the classic novel by Richard Llewelyn:

"...I am going from my valley and this time I shall never return? I am leaving behind me my fifty years of memory? so I can close my eyes on my valley as it is today and it is gone and I see it as it was when I was a boy. Green it was and possessed of the plenty of the earth. In all Wales there is none so beautiful."

In the 1980's, the British photographer, Ron McCormick documented this process of change and renewal with an evocative series of photographs that records the changing landscape, history and culture of the Valleys as the heritage of coal and steel was being gradually erased from the communal experience.

Ffotograffau o Dirweddau Cymoedd De Cymru gan Ron McCormick.

Mae'r ffurf sydd ar Gymoedd De Cymru yn ganlyniad i broses ddiwydiannu anhygoel. Cafodd ardal fu gynt yn un wledig ei thrawsnewid yn llwyr yn ganolfan ddiwydiannol i Brydain a'r byd yn y bedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg. Mae gwaddol y dreftadaeth ddiwydiannol hon i'w gweld ymhob cwr o'r rhanbarth, mewn hen lofeydd ac olion ffwrneisi blastio, pwerdai a heolydd tramiau hwnt ac yma ar hyd y mynyddoedd.

Wedi trychineb Aberfan um 1966, daeth ystadau diwydiannol modern a pharciau manwerthu i ddisodli llawer o'r gweithfeydd glo.

Yn y 1990au, aeth y ffotograffydd Prydeinig Ron McCormick ati i roi'r broses hon o newid ac adfywio ar gadw, gyda chyfres o ffotograffau sy'n adlewyrchu tirwedd, hanes a diwylliant y cymoedd wrth i dreftadaeth glo a dur yr ardal gael ei dileu'n raddol o brofiad y cymunedau.

Location : Newport Museum & Art Gallery
Price : FREE

Dates & Times :
Saturday 21 September
Tuesday 24 September
Wednesday 25 September
Thursday 26 September
Friday 27 September
Saturday 28 September
Tuesday 1 October
Wednesday 2 October
Thursday 3 October
Friday 4 October
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Tuesday 8 October
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Thursday 10 October
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Tuesday 15 October
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Tuesday 29 October
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Friday 1 November
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Tuesday 5 November
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Tuesday 12 November
Wednesday 13 November
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Tuesday 26 November
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Thursday 28 November
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Tuesday 3 December
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Tuesday 10 December
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Tuesday 17 December
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Contact : Newport City Council
tel : 01633 656656
e-mail : museum@newport.gov.uk

More Information :
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