Hero of the Day
Hero of the Day
'We have plenty of steam and power'
- Richard Trevithick, 1833

Richard Trevithick’s experiments with steam locomotion in Merthyr Tydfil in 1804 helped to shape the industrialisation of Wales and the wider world during the 19th century.
Heroes and heroines of the arts, music, stage and screen

Did you know that Britain’s highest-paid living artist, Andrew Vicari, is a Valleys’ boy from Port Talbot? Or that Laura Ashley, that iconic designer of floral frocks and furnishings, was born in Merthyr Tydfil?  From Tom Jones and Katherine Jenkins to Richard Burton and Michael Sheen, there are so many distinctive Valleys’ voices who have stayed true to their roots. Through their success, and their pride in their birthplace, they have put the Valleys on the world map.

Here we celebrate these men and women whose artistic, literary, musical and dramatic talents have entertained and inspired people around the world.

Arts, Stage & Screen