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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Oakdale Workmen's Institute

The Oakdale Workmen's Institute is a fine example of the workmen's institutes which were the centres of community life in Southern Wales valley towns. The institutes were centres for both entertainment and education, and they often housed libraries, reading rooms, cinemas, and theatres.

The institutes were paid for by the workers themselves. The Oakdale Workmen's Institute opened in 1917, and the institute operated until 1967 in the small mining community of Oakdale in Gwent.

Oakdale Workmen's Institute

The Oakdale Workmen's Institute was donated to the Museum of Welsh Life (aka St Fagans National History Museum) in 1989 and has been painstakingly reconstructed on its current site in the museum grounds.

Oakdale Workmen's Institute
The Museum of Welsh Life (St Fagans: National History Museum) is located 4 miles west of Cardiff City Centre, just off the A4232. Visitors to the Museum of Welsh Life may also want to visit nearby Caerphilly Castle, Caerleon Fortress Baths, Caerleon Amphitheatre or Roman Legionary Museum Caerleon.

St Fagans National History Museum
Tel: 029 2057 3500

Museum of Welsh Life Map

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