The People Who Lived Here - 1980's

Christmas at Bute Town MuseumIn 1993 Rhymney Valley District Council converted two former residential dwellings in the village, Number 26-7, into a Museum, allowing visitors to see inside these unique houses for the first time.

The houses in the village are Grade II listed and the Museum told the story of the industrial and social heritage of Bute  Town. The houses in Lower Row were different because they had cellar dwellings as well as attics, providing living accommodation on four floors and increasing the number of people who could call these houses home. The cellar dwellings opened out onto the back road and at some points in their history would have housed a separate family or workers from the nearby Ironworks, colliers, or later railway workers. It's likely that during good times when the iron industry was booming and the railway was under construction, some of these houses would have been full to bursting.

The Museum was simply furnished in the style of the early mid 19th century, rag rugs on the floor and wooden toys to play with. MaPreparing the Museum gardenny school children visited and enjoyed having a go at making their own rug, and playing with the spinning tops and diabolo. There were some rather scary dummies in period clothes too!

At the same time as renovating the houses prior to the Museum opening the gardens were also replanted, using traditional seed varieties from the 19th century.

Until its closure in 2008 the Bute Town Museum may well have been one of the smallest in Wales.

Bute Town Museum

The Bute Town Museum


Bute Town

A community of 48 houses built  along Collins Row, Middle Row and Lower Row in the late 1820's.

© 2011. Can Do Team. Written by Kim Colebrook.