Merthyr Tydfil is a beautiful and historically fascinating area of Wales. Rich landscapes, scenery and heritage mark out this town, which was once the iron capital of the world. The rich industrial heritage forged by ironmasters and mining has left indelible marks on the surroundings, in the form of housing, historic buildings and areas of outstanding beauty. Some buildings still stand and some areas remain as they have always looked, but in a resilient town with pride in its heritage, there are also many changes. Nothing shows the pace of change, the difference in perception and the beauty of the area like prints and photographs of that time, and the stark contrast between then and now will be clear in this collection of photographs from Merthyr Tydfil Central Library.
Rhianwen Long is the principal librarian at Merthyr Tydfil Central Library. She has always been a history buff, having a keen interest in all aspects of history, from ancient to modern. Working in a library has offered her such amazing opportunities to become involved in work relating to local and family history and has been a dream come true in many ways. The rich wealth of historical photographs and ephemera that she has been able to see and be involved in cataloguing has provided her with a good understanding of the history of her home town where she was born and raised and which has only whetted her appetite to learn and discover more.