Gwent Archives

Gwent Archives

Gwent Archives was established in 1938 as the Monmouthshire Record Office, serving the ‘old’ county of that name. In 1974, following local government reorganisation, it became the Gwent County Record Office. Further local government changes in 1996 divided the county of Gwent into five unitary authorities.


Gwent Archives now serves the areas covered by these authorities: Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Caerphilly County Borough Council (former Islwyn Borough area), Monmouthshire County Council, Newport City Council and Torfaen County Borough Council.

Gwent Archives opened at its new site in Ebbw Vale on 24th October 2011.   Our magnificent new facilities provide:


  • an ideal environment for you to use our unique collection of documents
  • around 10km of state of the art storage so the Collection can be preserved for future generations  and we can go on collecting – we are always keen to hear from people with documents they think might be of interest
  • lecture and group facilities so people can learn more about using our resources
  • a modern archive conservation studio where you can see the delicate work of repair and conservation carried out

Monday – Friday 9.30 – 5.00

Opening hours will be extended for a trial period to include one Saturday a month.



Gwent Archives
General Offices
Steelworks Road
Ebbw Vale
Blaenau Gwent
NP23 6AA 


Tel: 01495 353363