Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum

Fforwm Treftadaeth Blaenau Gwent

BGHF – Keeping Welsh history alive

 Abertillery – Blaenavon – Blaina – Beaufort – Brynmawr – Ebbw Vale – Nantyglo – Rhymney – Tredegar

Established 2007

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

Aerial view of Blaenau Gwent 

Blaenau Gwent

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. 

The Heritage Forum  therefore encompasses 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.

October Events

Thursday 11th October

Monthly Talk

Explosive Times!

Celebrating and Conserving Glyn Neath Gunpowder Works

Speaker: Ruth Coulthard

Bedwellty House – 2.00pm to 3.00pm

This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

Friday 19th October

Monthly Meeting 

Tredegar Library 10.00 am – 11.00 am

Anyone interested in attending is welcome.

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Signing up to our Events Update email is a way of keeping up to date with our forthcoming talks, meetings and events.

There is no charge to sign up and our contact with you is to simply send a monthly reminder of the dates of our talks and meetings. Sometimes, we also advertise local heritage events, planned by others.

You can easily UNSUBSCRIBE from this list at any time.

Saturday 20th October


Are you coming along? 

Have you bought your ticket yet?       


Tickets can easily be bought through our online shop

Click on the blue ticket to buy.ticket for Heritage day 2018

Click on the poster to enlarge

Our full and varied programme looks at the important roles women have played throughout the years.


The ticket price includes:

x4 speakers

-a delicious buffet lunch

-a guided tour of Guardian

-the opportunity to look at and buy some of our products

Ty Ebbw Fach

Six Bells  

Within walking distance of Guardian, this former Coaching Inn offers a relaxed atmosphere with good quality food and refreshments. 

Our Latest Publications

NEW – A Historical Walk around Beaufort

AUTHOR – Rodger Burchell



Distance: About 2 miles 

Time: Allow roughly 2 hours

Difficulty: An easy to moderate town walk with a steepish incline and a flight of steps with a handrail. The terrain is good quality paths and side roads.

It isn’t necessary to do this walk as a whole, or even to do it at all to enjoy the historical information contained within the  booklet. It is a fascinating read and can easily be enjoyed relaxing in an armchair with a cup of coffee and small sections explored at a later date if desired.

Journal 22

EDITOR – Dr Colin Morgan

Journal 22


Under new editorship, our latest journal, issue 22, has just been published.

It contains a variety of subject matter, covering a wide area which makes it a very interesting read.

Click here to download a copy…

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