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27 June 2003


Out of the woodwork - preview

A Museum opened on 7 June in the hilltop town of Brynmawr South Wales with many exhibits reflecting Quaker activities in the area during the Depression

We recently moved to Gilwern, near Abergavenny, and were surprised to find that Quakers are a part of local folklore
  • When we visited the Quaker Tapestry exhibition, two coaches arrived from Brynmawr
  • We stood next to Vivienne Williams, the secretary of the Museum Society, who told us about plans to open a museum
  • A major reason for the coach trip was local interest deriving from Quaker initiatives in the 1930s

  • Peter Morgan, of Sittingborne, Kent, a nephew of Paul Matt, whose skill as a woodworker contributed largely to the success of the furniture factory, declared the museum open
  • A central part of the exhibit is taken up with furniture made before the factory closed in 1939
  • A popular corner has a video of the swimming pool that was made by unemployed miners and workcampers in 1931
  • Other initatives included a shoe factory, a farm, a tweed factory and sock making
  • Pamela Manasseh, of Cornwall Monthly Meeting, is currently working on a PhD on what is known as the Brynmawr experiment and is interested in contacting Friends who have memories of those times or relevant documents

  • Ronald Watts

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