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Museum & Archival Collection

PAST LIVES are proud to announce that we have now acquired premises for a mini museum in which regular themed social history exhibitions will take place. Alongside the exhibitions, there is the opportunity for researchers to study selected artefacts and documents from our archival collection.


Current Exhibition

PAST LIVES Museum, together with PAST LIVES Genealogy & Social History Consultancy Services, will be taking part in the Heritage Open Days Festival (also known as 'Open Doors') from 16 to 30 September 2019.

This is the largest festival of history and culture in the UK, with thousands of events taking place. Heritage Open Days was established in 1994 in order to contribute to Europe Heritage Days set up in 1991 by the Council of Europe and European Commission.

The Open Days Festival (Open Doors) encompasses historic sites and buildings, museums, galleries, archives, and many more venues offering history, heritage, and culture.

During the Festival, PAST LIVES Museum will - by popular demand -  offering a reprise of out previous WWI and WWII exhibitions; combining our favourite displays and artefacts from these two exhibitions. The WWII displays will poignantly commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the war in September 1939. We will also be putting on several afternoon and evening lectures to enhance and complement the exhibition theme. 

 The full programme of events offered by PAST LIVES during the Festival will be advertised shortly.



Forthcoming Exhibitions 2019-2020

'The Way We Were' - social history exhibition examining various aspects of everyday life. This is an ongoing exhibition in our permanent exhibition space within St John's House, Bridgend.

The current displays feature artefacts and information relating to kitchenalia and cookery books from the past hundred years; the clothers we wore; holidays and away-days; the houses we lived in; and transport, - private, commercial, and industrial. Some of the displays within this exhibition change from time to time to encompass further aspects of 'The Way We Were'.


October - Mid-November 2019:

Remembrance Exhibition commemorating the War Dead of WW1 & WWII



Mid-November – December 2019:

Celebration of Christmas - Traditions & Customs





January – March 2020:

History of Greetings Cards – C19th - 1960s


100 Years of Advertising – Household & Leisure Products




April - June 2020


Toys, Games, and Children’s Books – C19th-1960


July - September 2020

Crime & Punishment





October - December 2020



Details of dates to follow



Previous Exhibitions

Exhibition celebrating the various collections of the late Mike Stokes, affectionately known as 'The Mike Stokes Hoard' 


History of Christmas Greetings Cards from C19th to 1960


'A New Baby in the Family' - history of midwifery and childbirth from  the sixteenth century to 1960s. Exhibition coincided with the publication of PAST LIVES latest book 'A New Baby in the Family'


WWI exhibition with lecture programme  - featuring, in particular, PAST LIVES extensive collection of WWI song cards 


Remembrance exhibition for the Centenary  of the end of WW1, featuring extensive research on the war dead of Bridgend in WWI


Women and Children in WWII










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