Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum

Fforwm Treftadaeth Blaenau Gwent

Established 2007

Abertillery - Blaina - Brynmawr - Ebbw Vale - Nantyglo - Tredegar

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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. 

Nantyglo Ironworks 1820 – Henri Gastineau

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.

Latest Updates to Site

Home Page

Aneurin Bevan – –  Hero and Architect of the NHS – event added

February Talk added


What’s On 

New talks added to ‘Talks Programme for 2019’

February Talk added


Online Shop 

Rhymney Heritage Walks  – New booklet added

January Events

Monthly Meeting 

Friday 18th January

Tredegar Library 10.00 am – 11.00 am

(Anyone interested in attending is welcome)

February Events

Monthly Talk

Thursday 14th February

Potential for Tourism in Blaenau Gwent

Speaker – Dai Davies

Bedwellty House, Tredegar

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Signing up to receive our monthly Newsletter is an easy way of keeping up to date with our  talks, meetings and events.

There is no charge to sign up and our contact with you is to simply send out a monthly reminder of the dates of our upcoming talks and meetings and   to include reports of past meetings and events.

Sometimes, we advertise local heritage events, planned by others.

You can easily UNSUBSCRIBE from this Newsletter at any time.

Heritage Day 2019

Save the date – Saturday 19th October 

Thursday 31st January

Drop in and have your say. We would like to hear your ideas.

Blaenau Gwent

New Booklet

Rhymney Heritage Walks

AUTHORS – Colin Morgan and David Ralph Williams

(2 walks in one downloadable A4 booklet)

£2.50

Journal 22

EDITOR – Dr Colin Morgan

 £2.50

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…