• Re-shaping the heads of the valleys (again!)

    As the huge earth-moving vehicles continue their work of remodelling the landscape for the widening and dualling of the Heads of the Valleys Road between Brynmawr and Tredegar, it’s worth considering that much of the landscape being altered at the moment … read more...

  • William Clayton’s portraits of working women – 2 young women identified? Maybe …

    During the 1860s, a Hampshire-born photographer called William Clayton who had recently moved to Tredegar, established a business in the town. During the early years of his Tredegar business, Clayton produced an album of portraits of ordinary people, dressed in … read more...

  • Late Bronze Age socketed axe, dating from around 800 BC, discovered at Beaufort near Ebbw Vale in 1922

    A Late Bronze Age socketed axe, dating from around 800 BC, which was originally part of a hoard discovered at Beaufort near Ebbw Vale in 1922 has just been donated to Ebbw Vale Works Museum. The socketed axe had been … read more...

  • Cholera in Brynmawr and Nantyglo & Blaina, 165 years ago

    News of the spread of the dreaded Ebola virus through West Africa in recent weeks has echoes of events that were experienced in heads of the valleys communities 165 years ago. With no known, effective cure and high mortality rate, … read more...

  • YOUR PLACE IN HISTORY – BRYNMAWR

    BLAENAU GWENT ACCESS TO HERITAGE PROJECT presents in partnership with Gwent Archives YOUR PLACE IN HISTORY – A discovery day exploring local history in BRYNMAWR on Wednesday 27th August 2014     Morning session – 10am – 12.15pm (meet at Brynmawr Museum, … read more...

  • Centenary of the start of the First World War

    Today we commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War, which was officially declared at midnight on the 4th August 1914. Over the course of the next 2 years we plan to reveal some of the hidden … read more...

  • Gantre Row, Ebbw Vale

    During the early days of the Industrial Revolution (1780s to 1820s) in the heads of the valleys area of South Wales, many of the newly established ironworks erected terraced rows of cottages to attract and house key workers for their … read more...

  • Ynys-y-garth cottages, Clydach Ironworks

    In the course of research last year, I came across an extraordinary example of both the fertility of couples and high death rate of children during the 19th century near the Clydach Ironworks, to the east of Brynmawr. This particular … read more...

  • Glamorgan Street, Brynmawr – 1920s and forward to June 2014

    Two views of Glamorgan Street in Brynmawr – one a postcard view from the 1920s and a recent photo taken in June 2014. The King William IVth (fourth) public house on the right is easily recognisable in both photographs, now advertising … read more...

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Blaenau Gwent Access to Heritage Project

The Blaenau Gwent area has a wealth of local history and heritage.  Across the County Borough, groups of dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to preserve and enhance the history and heritage of their local communities. The Blaenau Gwent Access to Heritage Project aims to make this rich local heritage accessible to as wide a range of people as possible.  Thanks to a £250,000 funding package from the Heritage Lottery Fund, CyMAL (the museum, archives and libraries division of the Welsh Government) and Blaenau Gwent Council, the project is now up and running.
New First World War Touring Exhibition for Blaenau Gwent

28/08/2014

Access to Heritage staff have produced a series of pop up display panels about the 3rd Mons Battalion in the First World War, that are available for community groups and other organisations around Blaenau Gwent to borrow for display. The … read more...

Late Bronze Age socketed axe, dating from around 800 BC, discovered at Beaufort near Ebbw Vale in 1922

12/08/2014

A Late Bronze Age socketed axe, dating from around 800 BC, which was originally part of a hoard discovered at Beaufort near Ebbw Vale in 1922 has just been donated to Ebbw Vale Works Museum. The socketed axe had been … read more...

Re-shaping the heads of the valleys (again!)

09/09/2014

As the huge earth-moving vehicles continue their work of remodelling the landscape for the widening and dualling of the Heads of the Valleys Road between Brynmawr and Tredegar, it’s worth considering that much of the landscape being altered at the moment … read more...

William Clayton’s portraits of working women – 2 young women identified? Maybe …

09/09/2014

During the 1860s, a Hampshire-born photographer called William Clayton who had recently moved to Tredegar, established a business in the town. During the early years of his Tredegar business, Clayton produced an album of portraits of ordinary people, dressed in … read more...

Late Bronze Age socketed axe, dating from around 800 BC, discovered at Beaufort near Ebbw Vale in 1922

12/08/2014

A Late Bronze Age socketed axe, dating from around 800 BC, which was originally part of a hoard discovered at Beaufort near Ebbw Vale in 1922 has just been donated to Ebbw Vale Works Museum. The socketed axe had been … read more...