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Description of the Institute
Description of the Institute (2013289)
A description of Aberaman Institute (Aberdare Leader - 19 June 1909)
Has anyone seen my bike?
Has anyone seen my bike? (2013288)
Bike rally - outside the Temple Bar, June 2008. (RCT Libraries G.R.)
Peter Pan’
Peter Pan’ (2013287)
Beacons Players production of ‘Peter Pan’ at the Aberaman Grand Theatre - no date (RCT Libraries. G.R. )
Aberaman Hall and Institute
Aberaman Hall and Institute (2013286)
Aberaman Hall and Institute - opening the Grand (photo: RCT Libraries; text: Aberdare Leader 1915)
Festival of Britain
Festival of Britain (2013279)
The Festival of Britain was held as a centennial of the Great Exhibition of 1851, and doubled up as a feel-good celebration following the trauma of the end of the war six years earlier. Every town and village celebrated it in one way or another. Rhondda, for example, ran a Music Week at the beginning of June, and street parties and carnivals flourished everywhere. This photograph of Clara Street, Ton Pentre, is a great example. (Photo: RCT Libraries; blurb - Gerald Richards)
Music on the mountain
Music on the mountain (2013270)
Music on the mountain (Gerald Richards)
Another fine mess
Another fine mess (20130521)
Aberaman Park - 1974
Aberaman Park - 1974 (2013230)
The Glynhafod Royals Jazz Band at Aberaman Park, June 1974. The tall building in the background was the old PD Granary. (RCT Libraries)
Our Tommy
Our Tommy (2013229)
Just like that! So, I was walking down the hill, and I’m starving – haven’t had a bite all day – not since I got off the train five minutes ago. And I feels like a cheese sandwich. So I says to this fella walking up towards me – I says: Excuse me, mate, do you know where I can get a cheese sandwich? And he says: Caerphilly? And I says: I know where I am, thank you very much – I saw the label when I got off at the station! (photo, stupid joke and red fez: Gerald Richards) (Gerald Richards)
Singing for your supper
Singing for your supper (2013507)
Singing for your Supper – young harpist playing in the garden at the back of the Swan, Cardiff Road. (photo: undated) (RCT Libraries)
The tap dancer
The tap dancer (2013505)
Tap dancer, Aberaman – circa 1910. Watch ‘em boots! Before Billy Elliott came to town . . . In 1886, the editor of the Aberdare Times complained about the lack of male partners to accompany the ladies in their pursuit of the gentle art of dancing. Here is one of the reasons he gave: ‘Colliers, hauliers, and the dancing class’, he said, ‘do not compare very serenely. Such it is rumoured is the case in our town. It is hoped that they exchange their hob-nails for plain shoes when they visit the rooms of the terpsichorean art, or their light fantastic toes coming in contact with the dainty foot of some tripping damsel may effect some serious damage . . . Here is an extraordinary opportunity for young ladies to learn the lively movements to the music of the harp.’ (Aberdare Times – 2 October 1886) (photo: RCT Libraries - blurb: Gerald Richards)
Who needs Hollywood?
Who needs Hollywood? (2013440)
Who needs Hollywood? The beautiful dancers of the Aberaman Opera Society, May 1987. (RCT Libraries - blurb Gerald Richards)
Palaise de Danse, Aberaman
Palaise de Danse, Aberaman (2013427)
On the other side of the road from the Hall – the Palaise de danse, with its haunting trombones and thundering drums shaking up all the bones; and below, the snooker hall drifting in smoke, and the bloke with the cue potting black with his stroke . . . I never went in there. Mam said it was only for grown-ups. I just never grew up, I guess, because I never went in there. Now that was ‘the centre of life’. Some people had all the luck! (Gerald Richards)
Miners Institute
Miners Institute (2013106)
Although self education & Entertainment did not go together well, the Snooker Hall, and the lesser rooms could be used for relaxing, Dancing, Operettas, Male Voice, O.A.P. meetings of the community, youth clubs....and of course...Politics. (R.C.T.Libraries)