Project Aims

One of the first aims of the project has been to establish a partnership of local heritage organisations so that volunteers in local museums and community archive groups can be offered advice and training in new skills.  The project will also make community archives accessible via the Internet and also give other local heritage groups a presence on the World Wide Web.

The main focus of the project is on enhancing educational activities in the local heritage attractions.  It is hoped to increase the numbers of schools visiting and using the local museums and archives by providing on-line resources, school visit formats and themed exhibitions.

The project will also offer reminiscence activities in local care homes and hospitals and heritage open days for adult learners and younger members of the local community.  It is also hoped to offer the public training sessions for Family History and Living History Days with costumed enactors.

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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...