Saturday 19th October



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Blaenau Gwent Heritage Forum


Exploring, pre-industrial, industrial and lost landscapes in Wales


VENUE: Brynmawr Social Club



We have booked a varied and exciting range of speakers and know this will be a fascinating day.

Everyone is welcome – so come along and join us.


10.00am- 11.00am

KENNETH PRICE – The Spirit of the Place

Cefn Golau – © Ken Price

Ken Price graduated from Aston University in 1978, qualifying as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor employed in both local authority and commercial practice. His hobby, and growing passion, was photography and in 1999 he left surveying to realise his dream of becoming a freelance photographer (https://www.kenpricephotography.com). Twenty years on he’s now more a student of life through photography, art, spirituality, quantity surveying and family history – but not necessarily in that order.

11.00 – 12.00

JOHN  RODGER – Blaenavon Industrial Landscape

View of Blaenavon Ironworks, National Library of Wales

Restored Workers Cottages,  Blaenavon Ironworks

John Rodger MBE was trained as an architect and town planner in Scotland before coming to Wales in 1970 and working for Monmouthshire and Gwent County Councils on various projects related to the economic and social regeneration of South Wales. He retired as County Planning and Economic Development Officer for Gwent County Council in 1996. In 1997 he was appointed by Torfaen County Borough Council to be Project Director for The Blaenavon Initiative to coordinate the activities of the Blaenavon Partnership to achieve World Heritage Site status for the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape. Following inscription by UNESCO in December 2000 he was responsible for the coordination of the many projects for the protection and promotion of the industrial heritage and the regeneration of the area. Blaenavon is seen as a flagship for the internationally significant industrial heritage of South Wales and a focus for cultural tourism. He retired in 2012 but is still a member of the World Heritage Site Steering Group.

John is a Member of the Board of The European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH), recognised as the most important organisation for promotion of industrial heritage tourism in Europe. He developed the initial concept of the ERIH South Wales Route of Industrial Heritage and was closely involved in the establishment of the Valleys That Changed the World (VTCTW) network in 2015 which has achieved effective understanding and cooperation between the many industrial heritage sites, both large and small in South Wales. John has present papers at conferences in UK and internationally and also advised on the development of several major industrial heritage sites.

14.00 – 15.00

RHIANNON PHILLIPS – Townscapes in Blaenau Gwent

Looking towards ‘The Circle’, Tredegar

Rhiannon Phillips has been the Education and Outreach Archivist for Gwent Archives since April 2013. Her career in Archives began as a volunteer at West Glamorgan Archives Service (WGAS) in her home town of Swansea. She later became WGAS’s Archive Trainee during the period 2010 – 2011, before going on to train as an Archivist at Aberystwyth University until 2012.

15.00 – 16.00

FRANK OLDING – Aerial Archeology in the Heads of the Valleys Area

© Archeology of Upland Gwent by Frank Olding

Frank Olding was born in Nantyglo, raised in Abertillery and educated at Nantyglo Comprehensive. He took a BA in archaeology and Welsh at Cardiff University, an MA in landscape archaeology at Bristol University and a diploma in museum studies at Leicester University. He’s a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a member of the Gorsedd. He was Curator of Abergavenny Museum from 1989-2000, inspector of Ancient Monuments with Cadw from 2000-02 and the Heritage Officer for BGCBC from 2002-19. Frank retired in 2019 but retains his interest in the museums of Blaenau Gwent and volunteers with the Aberystruth History and Archaeological Society.

Aerial view of Blaenau Gwent










© Photo reproduced with the kind permission of Brian Hillier


We are also delighted to be hosting three other societies, who will have displays, and items for sale.

Brynmawr Museum has kindly agreed to stay open until 2 o’clock so those who wish to visit will have the opportunity to do so during their lunch break.

BGHF Pop-Up Shop

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I am happy to reserve an item for you to pay for on the day. Please just drop me a line.


We have digital versions of our Journals online but will have hard copies for sale on the day.

We will be selling a selection of DVDs, books, walks, journals (including back copies), articles and booklets.
BGHF Pop Up Shop

Aberystruth History and Archaeological Society

The Aberystruth History and Archaeology Society (AHAS) was formed in 2014. The aims of the society are to survey, record, preserve and educate about the history and archaeology of the old parish of Aberystruth and beyond. The society is currently three years into a four project called the Cwmcelyn Hidden Landscapes Project. With over 300 sites found in the valley the project has become the biggest Archaeological project of its type to happen in Wales. The project has attracted some VIP visitors including HRH Princess Anne. The society is also working on setting up a new project called the ‘Digital Archaeology for All’ project which aims to get people of all abilities involved in Archaeology using drones and VR technology.

Beaufort Hill Welfare Hall Group

Beaufort Hill Miner’s Hall was established in 1933 by local miners who had one penny a week deducted from their salary. It officially opened in 1934 and since then has become a social and community hub with groups of all ages using the venue.

The hall was scheduled for closure by BGCBC, so in 2017 a group of volunteers were successful in obtaining a 25 year lease to keep the venue open.

Beaufort Hill Welfare Community Hall Group is a not for profit company run by a group of volunteer directors for the benefit of Beaufort residents and for the wider community. Their aim is to further develop the venue into a health, social, wellbeing and educational facility for all.

Friends of St, Illtyd’s, Llanhilleth

Friends of St Illtyd’s meet at 7.00pm every first Tuesday of the Month at the “Old Church”and would love you to join us. If you are a bit nervous about coming in on your own drop us an email and we’ll get someone to meet you.

Much of the detail of the history of our area is very sketchy, but what we do know for certain is that people have loved and looked after our “Old Church”, for over 1,200 years.

Goff Danter

Born in Brynmawr, Goff trained at the West of England College of Art, Bristol, Cardiff College of Art and Cardiff University. He then taught at St Illtyd’s College, Cardiff before moving into the management of education for a number of local authorities in South East Wales.

He is now retired and exploring a completely new career as a full-time professional artist. Most of his work has personal recollections and experience as their foundation. The area in which he has lived and worked provides a constant source of inspiration and stimulation for his paintings. He works from a studio in Brynmawr.

Brynmawr Museum 

Brynmawr Museum was created by the community in 2002 and now occupies the whole of the Carnegie Library building. Over the years it has benefitted from grants from various bodies and donations from private individuals, which has enabled the purchase of display cases, furniture and equipment.

There is a strong community involvement, and the museum is totally run by volunteers,with Patrons and Vice-Presidents and an active archive group. If you look at ‘The Valleys’ website, you will see that the Museum is in ‘The Valleys’ Top 10 Mining & Museums experiences.

The museum will be staying open during the lunch hour for participants to visit.


10 – 4 pm

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We have used this map with the kind permission of Brynmawr Historical Society.

Brynmawr Social Club


We are delighted that ‘Amie Occasions’ will be providing us with one of their freshly prepared and very tasty buffet lunches. Please let us now if you have any specific dietary requirements when you buy your ticket.


We are very grateful for the help, support and cooperation we have received for this event, and would like to thank the following:

Tredegar Town Council

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Tredegar History and Archive Society / Tredegar Museum

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Brynmawr Town Council

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