New history book and exhibition

Posted on: Thursday 8 September 2022
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Step through the ages and find out what life was like in Blaenavon town centre in the latest book by Blaenavon Heritage History Group.

Blaenavon: A Townscape Celebration charts the history of Broad Street and neighbouring streets, and includes photographs of shops, chapels, pubs and events.

Alongside the book launch, a free exhibition featuring photographs of Blaenavon through the ages will be held at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, between Tuesday 13 September and Sunday 18 September, and Tuesday 20 September and Sunday 25 September. It will be open between 10am – 4.30pm.

Copies of the book and exhibition folders will be given to local schools, groups and organisations. The school folders also include additional insert pockets for pupils to capture their own work as they further explore the history of Blaenavon.

A copy of the book will also be available at Blaenavon and Cwmbran Libraries, and local venues after the exhibition.

The book and the photography exhibition have been funded by Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme (THP).

A spokewoman for the Blaenavon Heritage History Group said: “Blaenavon Heritage History Group is constantly researching the rich social and industrial background of our town. It is our hope that this will be a legacy for the younger generation - to inspire and encourage feelings of pride and respect."

Councillor Joanne Gauden, Executive Member for Skills, Economy and Regeneration, said: “The projects that continue to come from the THP continue to impress me. They really bring alive the history of Blaenavon. Well done to everyone involved.”

Gareth Davies, Chair of the Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme Partnership, said: “The exhibition and book is an excellent portrayal of the heart of the town, one which will bring fond memories for many residents and one that will help to keep the rich history of the town alive for the next generation.”

Councillor Alan Jones, Mayor of Blaenavon said: “Blaenavon Town Council have been extremely impressed and grateful for the work completed to date regarding 'A Townscape Heritage'. 

"This project has been amazing and one that truly captures the essence and history of Broad Street, Blaenavon."

Councillor Janet Jones, Blaenavon World Heritage Champion, said: “A fantastic achievement from this volunteer group bringing to life in word and photograph our Heritage."

Andrew White, Director of the National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales, said: “Congratulations to all those involved in this important and fascinating project. The written, visual and cultural heritage here is of huge significance not only to Blaenavon but to Wales and indeed the world.”

The Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme (THP) is supporting physical and community heritage regeneration in Blaenavon through targeted building grants on identified properties and community initiatives. The programme’s community activities help us to engage across the community of Blaenavon to explore people’s personal connections to their heritage and celebrate their town’s World Heritage Status.

The Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Partnership is being delivered through funding contributions from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, Torfaen County Borough Council, Blaenavon Town Council, Cadw and Private property owners.

The Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme, in association with the Tywi Centre and Blaenavon Civic Society, is running a series of free workshops on heritage building conservation:

  • Essential care and maintenance: Wednesday 21st September 10am -1pm
  • Energy Efficiency in Older Buildings: Wednesday 28th September 10am -1pm
  • Old House Clinic: Saturday 1st October 10am -1pm.

These workshops are for non- professionals and booking is essential. To reserve your place, email or call 01495 766198. Alternatively, visit the Blaenavon Word Heritage Centre.

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