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Thursday 12th March

Heritage Talk



BGHF Talks 2020

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Thursday 2nd  July


Speaker: David Llewellyn

Venue: Moose Hall, Tredegar

TIME: 7.00pm

This talk has been arranged for BGCBC Bevan Week. 

Friday 20th March

Monthly Meeting – Tredegar Library

10.00am – 11.ooam

Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings and we always look forward to seeing new faces.


3rd Friday each month at 10.00am

Tredegar Library

March – Friday 20th

April – Friday 17th

May – Friday 15th AGM

June – Friday 19th

July – Friday 17th

August – Friday 21st

September – Friday 18th

October – Friday 16th

November – Friday 20th

December – Friday 18th

Heritage Day 2020


VENUE: Ty Ebbw Fach

DATE: Either 17th or 24th October (tbc)

Tuesday 2nd June


Senghenydd Mining Memorial and Garden and Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Download trip details: click here… Trip Schedule

Your ticket includes: bus fare – morning tea/coffee and welsh-cakes – entry into Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Your ticket does not include: lunch or afternoon tea and cakes

© David Bowen 

Click on the image to go to the Aber Valley Heritage Group website.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Click on the image to go to Llancaiach Fawr Manor website.

Senghenydd Colliery Disaster 1913 – Memorial Museum and Garden

At 8.00am on Tuesday 14 October 1913 a huge explosion rocked the small  town of Senghenydd, to the north of Caerphilly. It came from the coal mine belonging to the Universal Colliery.

This explosion, and subsequent release of poisonous gas, killed 439 miners, (both men and boys) making the Senghenydd pit disaster the most lethal and tragic mining disaster in British history.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Built in 1550 for Dafydd ap Richard, Llancaiach Fawr was designed to be easily defended during the turbulent reigns of Tudor kings and queens. It is one of the finest examples of a semi-fortified manor house in Wales today.

It has been  restored and furnished as it would have been in 1645 and all of the furnishings in the rooms are accurate reproductions of items from the time of the Prichard’s in the 16th and 17th centuries.

© Sourced from the Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales online catalogue

Click on the image to go to the Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales online catalogue

© Image used with the kind permission of Gwyn Jenkins


The Rich History of Blaenau Gwent

Bedwellty House

2nd Thursday each month at 2.00pm

Morgan Street, Tredegar, NP22 3XN

Bedwellty House, Tredegar

In our Talks Programme this year we will be exploring the rich and varied history of Blaenau Gwent. The dates for our talks are listed below so come along and join us. As well as here on our website, all of our talks are advertised on our facebook page and in Bedwellty House.

 Download the complete TALK list

Click on the link below to download the complete list. Please be aware that the dates won’t change but the order of speakers could do so, and this download list might not be updated as quickly as the website. If there is a discrepancy the website dates will be correct.

Click here to download – Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum Talks 2020

Aerial Photos of Blaenau Gwent

To link in with our talks this year, and to help give an overview of the landscape of BLAENAU GWENT, I am adding some aerial images … see below.

We are very grateful to Richard Whitcombe, Bill Hillier, Gwyn Jenkins and Mike Williams for their generosity in allowing us to use their photos on this page. We would definitely recommend searching out more of their work, as between them, they have produced a wealth of fascinating and informative ‘bird’s eye’ images of the locality.

Follow the links below to look at their websites

Bill Hillier –Website:  WALES FROM ABOVE 

Gwyn Jenkins – Facebook page: GWYN’S NOW AND THEN AERIAL PHOTOS 

Richard WhitcombeFacebook group (private): Ebbw Vale PAST and PRESENT

Mike Williams – Facebook Page: BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF TREDEGAR

Please click on the individual images below to enlarge them

Aerial View of Blaenau Gwent

Blaenau Gwent

©  Bill Hillier

Thursday 9th January

An Overview of the Rich History of Blaenau Gwent

Speaker: Frank Olding

brynmawr new


© Bill Hillier

Thursday 13th February

Unexpected Buildings in Brynmawr

Speaker: Eifion Lloyd Davies

Abertillery - Bill Hillier


©Bill Hillier

Thursday 12th March


Speaker: David Llewellyn


Blaina, Cwmcelyn and Nantyglo

©Bill Hillier

Thursday  9th  April

Nantyglo and Blaina

Speaker: Steve Jones



© Richard Whitcombe

Thursday 14th May

Beaufort and Rassau

Speaker: Rodger Burchell

Tredegar town clock


© Mike Williams

Thursday 11th June

Tredegar and Sirhowy

Speaker: tbc

Thursday 9th July


Speaker: Alyson Tippings

Bryn Bach Park

Parc Bryn Bach

© Richard Whitcombe


No Talk

Ebbw Vale

Ebbw Vale

© Richard Whitcombe

Thursday 10th September

Ebbw Vale and Surrounding Farms

Speaker: Rodger Burchell



© Richard Whitcombe

Thursday 8th October


Speaker: Martyn Morgan Jones

Bedwellty House

Bedwellty House

© Gwyn Jenkins

Thursday 12th November

The History of Bedwellty House

Speaker: Idris Powers


Guardian and Six Bells

© Bill Hillier


No Talk

Nye Bevan and his Legacy

Would you like to take part in our online survey?

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council would welcome your thoughts and ideas as to how Aneurin Bevan’s legacy can be marked in the area he represented. The information you provide will be anonymous unless you choose to include your contact information at the end of the survey.

Share your ideas

If you would like to contact somebody about this project then please email