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Inspired by her late grandfather who was a miner and passionate about making history accessible to all, Esta Lewis is Rhondda Cynon Taff’s first Heritage Outreach Apprentice, supporting and creating learning and education opportunities as part of the authority’s heritage service.

The 22-year-old history graduate is running and developing workshops for the Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park. Her apprenticeship in Cultural Heritage is supported by training provider Cardiff and Vale College.

Esta said:

I love the fact that I can bring local history alive to schoolchildren.

Due to Esta’s success with school visits and the positive feedback means that for the first time, Rhondda Heritage Park has received the Sandford Award.