Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is a Local Authority situated in South East Wales and covers 111km2 and has a population of 55,000 people. Merthyr Tydfil is located in the heart of the South Wales Valley’s and is best known for its prominence during the industrial revolution which saw Merthyr Tydfil become the Iron Capital of the World.
The current boundaries date back to 1974, when the former County Borough of Merthyr Tydfil expanded slightly to cover both Vaynor in Breconshire and Bedlinog in Glamorgan. Merthyr Tydfil became a local government district in the administrative County Borough of Mid Glamorgan at that time, although it reverted to a County Borough again on the 1st April 1996
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is the governing body for the area. The current Member of Parliament for the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency is Dai Havard, while the Welsh Assembly member is Huw Lewis AM.
Aside from participating on our partners’ objectives Merthyr Tydfil’s own local delivery has two distinct strands. The first is assisting volunteers to gain experience and skills in rural, archival and cultural heritage fields. Through strategic partnerships the SHARE project is increasing opportunities to access heritage work and adding value to organisations that are already working with volunteers.
The second is providing infrastructure for the heritage network, Merthyr Tydfil Heritage Forum. The Forum brings together the historical groups within the county borough, local authority councillors and officers, and national organisations to better communicate and coordinate Merthyr Tydfil’s heritage. In addition to the day-to-day support SHARE has been instrumental in the delivery of the forum’s conferences and events.