Zoom Cymru


zoomA brand new exhibition which explores how diverse groups moving to Merthyr Tydfil have shaped the fabric of modern life in the town is now open at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery.  The exhibit is the culmination of work by pupils from Bishop Hedley High School in Merthyr, who present research findings and personal stories from residents, as part of The Merthyr Tydfil Migration Project.

Since October 2015, young people from Year 7 and Year 9 at the school have been busy building their skills in historical research and filmmaking.  The exhibition features a short film created by pupils, which addresses the positive effects on job creation and diversification in culture, as well as perceived negative benefits and challenging attitudes. The film will be archived in a number of collections and shown at various events, intended to offer a balanced view and true reflection of migration in Wales.  Pupils have highlighted how people from Italy, Spain, Ireland and more recently Poland and the Philippines, have settled into the area, exploring the impact of inbound migration from international Catholic Communities.


Historical understanding and heritage skills have been supported by staff from Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Gallery, which is now operated by the Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust.


A grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled the project to take place, and is delivered by Zoom Cymru.  Zoom has been working with media trainer and film-maker Hugh Griffiths who has mentored, guided and co-ordinated the project.  Participants have not only learned more about the technical process of creating documentaries, but have also advanced their research skills and the ability to effectively present situations impartially.


“I urge you to see this timely and moving exhibition by the pupils from Bishop Hedley School which demonstrates partnership work at its best.  I cannot think of a more fitting piece of work to bid a final farewell from Zoom Cymru, illuminating and thought provoking.  All those involved should be tremendously proud.” – Miranda Ballin, Zoom Cymru Chair.


The exhibition will run until July 31st 2016 at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery.

Museum entrance fees are £2.00 for adults (16 & Over), £1.00 (Concessions) and free for those aged under 16.


Further details about the project and exhibit are at http://zoomcymru.com/merthyrmigrationexhibit/




A note that Zoom Cymru has now finished its operations and the office is closed,

following the announcement earlier this year.


Any enquiries in the immediate future can be sent to [email protected].


Thank you / diolch for all of your support over the last 10 years.  

We are indebted to all of you for making it so special.