Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum

Fforwm Treftadaeth Blaenau Gwent

Keeping Welsh History Alive


Due to the current situation and in line with Government guidance we have cancelled our upcoming  Talks, Trip and Meetings for the time being. We are very sorry about this but everyone’s safety is very important to us. 

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© This photo is reproduced here with the kind permission of Bill Hillier

 The Area of Blaenau Gwent

Aerial view of Blaenau Gwent

Abertillery – Beaufort – Brynmawr  – Ebbw Vale – Nantyglo – Tredegar – Trefil

Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum includes the history of the Rhymney area (now in Caerphilly Borough) and that of the Blaenafon area (now in Torfaen Borough) as well as  the territory  between these locations.

Blaenau Gwent and its surrounding area was at the forefront of the industrial revolution in the 19th century. It is a county rich with historic buildings, ancient monuments and important heritage sites, set within very attractive  landscapes. 

Gwent was the Welsh kingdom founded by Caradoc Freichfras that succeeded the Roman occupation of native Silurian territory in south Wales.  It stretched from the river Rhymney to the river Wye, and it may also have extended east of the river Wye into to the area called Cantref Coch in Welsh and known in English as The Forest of Dean. 

The Blaenau are the mountainous uplands of this historic Gwent kingdom and they extend from Blaen Rhymni to Blaen Llwyd. 

2020 Programme of  Heritage Talks

Our Heritage Talks take place in Bedwellty House on 2nd Thursday of each month at 2.00pm. This gives plenty of time afterwards for refreshments in the Orchid Tea Room.

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For 2020 we are starting our Newsletters again. This time, we are producing them as quarterly editions. They are a good way of keeping up with our latest news and events.

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News in Brief



The details have just been added for our  coach trip to Senghenydd and Llancaiach Fawr. Look at the schedule, choose your food and buy your ticket online. Everyone is welcome. TICKET PRICE £16

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BGHF Talks 2020Our next Heritage Talk on the town of ABERTILLERY will take place on Thursday 12th March.

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Our latest Journal has arrived and is available for download NOW!




We have started running our Newsletter again. If you are interested in receiving an email copy please sign up at the bottom of this page.



This booklet would make a very good Christmas present and would also be an interesting way of walking of the excesses of Christmas lunch. For those of you who don’t want to print off your own copy, I have just added this printed version to the shop for £7 (inclusive of UK p&p).

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I have just added a new book to our shop. It traces the important role that the area of Blaenau Gwent played in the Industrial Revolution, and examines the impact of that process on local landscapes, communities and people.

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