Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum

Fforwm Treftadaeth Blaenau Gwent

BGHF – Keeping Welsh History Alive

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About Us


Chair – Eifion Lloyd Davies

Vice Chair – Ralph James

Treasurer – Jeff Darkins

Secretary – Janet Karn


Editor – Dr. Colin Morgan

Associate Editor – Janet Karn

We are a non-profit-making group concerned with preserving this area’s rich history and heritage. We work closely with, but independent of, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Heritage Services.

Our many activities include organising Heritage and Commemoration Days, delivering monthly talks on historical topics, producing a six-monthly journal, and publishing historical material relating to the area.   

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February Talk

George Paget – Hero or Villain of the Piece?

Speaker: John Watkins

Thursday 8th February at 2.30pm 

Bedwellty House, Tredegar

George was local miner involved in a trade dispute in the years after WW2. His arrest and imprisonment raises concerns about the rule of the law and public attitudes towards the actions of the workers.

There will be plenty of debate about the legitimacy of the actions of both the miners and the authorities.

This illustrated talk provides another fascinating glimpse into the lives of our ancestors.

DVD – The Welsh Miner 

If you are interested in the subject of our February talk you might also be interested in this DVD. A three hour exploration of the  history of miners and mining in Wales narrated by Roy Noble.

Click here to find out more…

News in Brief

Man Engine Cymru

8th – 10th April 

A towering, mechanical puppet, considered to be the largest of its type ever built in Britain, will be visiting Gwent for the first time this year. 

This moving, steaming, mechanical Man Engine, resembling a giant miner, will visit Blaenavon and Blaenau Gwent on its tour of Wales between 

Share Your NHS Story

NHS at 70 - From Cradle to GraveClick on image to enlarge

NHS at 70 is creating the first shared social history of the NHS  to mark the 70th anniversary in 2018.

Would you like to be involved in this project?

The project team are collecting memorabilia and stories from the South Wales area and are looking for volunteers  who have a story they would like to share to take part. Whatever story you have, they would love to hear it.

Click on the link below to take you to our ‘Whats On’ page where you’ll find more details. (If you are viewing on a mobile you will need to scroll through our Upcoming Talks and Meetings to get to the NHS section)

Find out more…..

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