Blaenavon's Broad Street memories digitally preserved

Posted on: Wednesday 13 March 2024
Digital tapestry launch

Tapestries capturing memories of shops and businesses on Blaenavon Broad Street have been turned into a new digital and audio exhibition.   

Through interactive features and a blend of traditional and digital art, the digital tapestry captures the essence of daily life and shopping experiences in Broad Street over the years.   

Audio clips of older residents reminiscing about some of the former premises are also embedded to help bring the tapestry to life.    

At the launch event today, Councillor Joanne Gauden, Executive Member for Skills, Economy and Regeneration, said: “The unveiling of the digital tapestry marks an important milestone in the ongoing efforts to celebrate and preserve the history of Blaenavon.    

“Through its engaging and accessible format, the tapestry promises to be a valuable educational resource and a source of pride for the community. It’s a testament to the power of community collaboration and creative expression.”   

Gareth Davies, Chair of the Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme Partnership, said: “It's wonderful to see this digitised exhibition being available for residents and visitors to enjoy, a fitting and lasting legacy of the Townscape Heritage Programme. “ 

Andrew White, Director of The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales said: “This unique tapestry is a wonderful piece of visual storytelling. It celebrates the heritage and true community spirit of Broad Street and is a fantastic legacy that will further a sense of pride in place for years to come. Thanks to National Lottery players, we are delighted to support the Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme.” 

The exhibition will be a permanent fixture in the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and will be available to the public from Tuesday 19 March. 

The project which is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, is a collaboration between artists Penny Turnbull and Natasha James and follows the creation of two 18ft tapestries last year, which have since been donated to the Arthur Jenkins Care Home in Blaenavon.   

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. It is also supported by numerous community groups including; Blaenavon Seniors, the Blaenavon Heritage History Group, and the Blaenavon Community Museum.   

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