Monmouthshire Archives and Libraries
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For a list of archives and libraries on the national level, go to the Wales Archives and Libraries page.
Record Office[edit | edit source]
- Monmouthshire Record Office was established in 1938, but became part of Gwent County Archive due to local government reorganisation in 1974. The county was divided into five unitary authorities in 1996. It became known as Gwent Archives in 2011, moving to a new site in Ebbw Vale.
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
- Abergavenny Museum is set in the grounds of a 'ruined' Norman Castle, where you can enjoy a picnic during the summer and a brisk walk on colder days. The museum building was formerly a hunting lodge built by the Marquess of Abergavenny. The displays tell the story of this historic market town from prehistory through to the present day. The displays are on several levels, with some help most areas are accessible to wheelchair users.
- Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. Enjoy a multi-media tour of a modern coal mine with a virtual miner in the Mining Galleries, exhibitions in the Pithead Baths, and Historic colliery buildings.
Gwent NP4 9RN UK
Telephone: 01495 792615
Website; Blaenavon Ironworks
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- The best preserved example of an 18 century ironworks in Western Europe and centre of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, nominated by UNESCO. The Ironworks retains its original furnaces, cast houses, and restored ironworkers' cottages.
Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths
Newport NP18 1AE UK
Telephone: 1633 422518
Website: Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths
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- This is also known as the Roman Baths Museum.
- Chepstow Museum reveals the rich and varied past of this ancient town, once an important port and market centre. The wine trade, shipbuilding, and salmon fishing are among Chepstow’s many industries featured in displays with atmospheric settings. Photographs, programmes, and posters recall the pastimes of local people, whilst 18th and 19th century paintings and prints illustrate the everlasting appeal of Chepstow and the Wye Valley to artists and tourists alike. The Museum is just across the road from Chepstow Castle in an elegant 18th century house built by a prosperous Chepstow merchant family.
- Monmouth Museum is home to a wonderful collection of memorabilia from the life of Admiral Horatio Nelson, including personal letters, pictures, weapons, and commemorative ceramics. There is also a large collection on Monmouth heritage including the only Monmouth Cap in existence.
National Museum of Wales (Amgueddfa Cymru)
Website: National Museum of Wales
- Amgueddfa Cymru is a family of seven museums located throughout Wales. They are the National Museum Cardiff, the St Fagans National Museum of History, the National Waterfront Museum, the Big Pit National Coal Museum, the National Slate Museum, the National Roman Legion Museum, and the National Wool Museum.
- Step back in time at the National Roman Legion Museum and explore life in a far-flung outpost of the mighty Roman Empire. Wales was the furthest outpost of the Roman Empire. In AD 75, the Romans built a fortress at Caerleon that would guard the region for over 200 years.
- Both the Museum and the Art Gallery are housed in one building, making it a focal point for the visitor. The Newport Museum contains a wealth of superb material from Roman archaeology to natural history. Two notable sections deal with the Chartist uprising and the Roman mosaics at Caerwent. Local history is strongly featured. The Gallery has fascinating collections of historic and contemporary British paintings and an excellent exhibition programme.
Archives[edit | edit source]
- Gwent Archives was established in 1938 as the Monmouthshire Record Office, serving the 'old' county of that name. In 1974, following local government reorganisation, it became the Gwent County Record Office. Further local government changes in 1996 divided the county of Gwent into five unitary authorities. Gwent Archives now serves the areas covered by these authorities: Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Caerphilly County Borough Council (former Islwyn Borough area), Monmouthshire County Council, Newport City Council and Torfaen County Borough Council.