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Gwent Archives
The official county archive for the former counties of Gwent and Monmouthshire.
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Gwent Archives Apr 19
Day 19 of - Favourite Tool. For today's post, we asked our Conservator and she said "A Uragoshi!" (Horse Hair Sieve) Used to prepare wheat starch and Gelatine paste. The sieve helps to remove any lumps in the adhesive, making it smooth and pliable."
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Gwent Archives Apr 18
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Gwent Archives Apr 17
Day 17 of - A Collection. One of the most significant collections at Gwent Archives is the Newport Rugby and Athletic Club Collection. Established in 1875, this extensive collection was deposited with us in 2016. More information at
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Gwent Archives Apr 16
Day 16 of - Something Big. One of our biggest documents is the Mynyddislwyn tithe map. Produced between 1838 to 1850, tithe maps and their apportionments are a valuable resource for local & family history. (Ref: extract from Mynyddislwyn tithe - D917/10)
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Gwent Archives Apr 15
Day 15 of - Pattern. Today's document is an indenture leasing land in Llanfihangel Pontymoile to Richard Hanbury, of Pontypool. We don't know why this particular indenture has been decorated with elaborate patterns, faces, flowers and a dragon.
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Gwent Archives Apr 14
Day 14 of - Typography. Riscatype began in 1870 at Risca, by John Robert Taylor. Sold to Thomas Yendall in 1878. In 1925 the company began the manufacture of 'Riscatype.' Do you recognise anyone in the photograph of a Yendall staff outing (mid-1920s)?
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Gwent Archives Apr 11
It's coming up to the second Saturday of the month, so Gwent Archives will be open on the 14th April, from 10am - 4pm. So why not come along?
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Gwent Archives Apr 10
Day 10 of - Archive Building. The General Offices was built in 1915/16 for the Ebbw Vale Iron and Steel Company. The Grade II* listed building was part of a £12m restoration project which saw part of the building became Gwent Archives new home in 2011.
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Gwent Archives Apr 9
Day 9 of - Animal. Today we have an undated photograph of a woman with some sheep outside the Royal Exchange, Blaenavon. Sadly, the building has been demolished. Does anyone recognise the woman in the photograph? (Ref: D5846)
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Gwent Archives Apr 9
The Man Engine will be at Bryn Bach, Tredegar, today 12pm - 4pm. The event will celebrate Wales as the home of the NHS, That records for the Tredegar Working Men's Medical Aid Society (D3246) can be found at Gwent Archives.
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Gwent Archives Apr 8
Day 8 of - A Drawing. John Etherington Welch Rolls sat on the Grand Jury of the Monmouthshire Spring Assizes in March 1849. It looks like he decided to pass the time by illustrating his Calendar of Prisoners!
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Gwent Archives Apr 6
Day 6 of - A letter of petition written by the leaders Henry Vincent, William Edwards and John Dickenson while imprisoned in Monmouth Gaol for seditious speech and assembly, 12 October 1839.
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Gwent Archives Mar 16
It was lovely having at the Archives this week - we look forward to seeing you again in future!
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Gwent Archives Mar 16
A crew from Tern TV filming at Gwent Archives last May for programme 4 in the series Britain at Low Tide (to be shown on Channel 4 on Saturday 17th March at 8 p.m.). The series explores the coastline of Britain and this episode will investigate the Severn estuary.
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Nick Thomas-Symonds Mar 9
“The history of every family in this country is important and we should treasure our archives” - my article in the magazine, mentioning the importance of local archives, including .
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Gwent Archives Mar 5
Gwent Archives is open as normal today. Please be aware that there is still quite a bit of snow in Ebbw Vale at present, but the main roads are clear. Here is an undated photograph of Broad Street, Blaenavon. (D5846)
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Gwent Archives Feb 28
Please be aware that Gwent Archives will be closed on Friday 2nd March due to the adverse weather conditions. Please check the forecast on Thursday 1st March before setting off to visit us. (RP)
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Gwent Archives Feb 9
Gwent Archives will be open tomorrow (Sat. 10th) from 10am to 4pm. Please be aware that the A465 from Brynmawr to Gilwern will be closed this weekend.
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Gwent Archives Feb 5
Gwent Archives will be hosting two workshops this year in conjunction with the Western Front Association. Focusing on World War One related records, the first takes place on Wed. 21st Feb. For more information, please see the attached posters.
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Gwent Archives Jan 26
With this weekend’s FA Cup 4th round tie between Newport County and Tottenham Hotspur in mind, here is evidence from our Newport Athletic Collection that sporting teams from Newport having been playing opposition from the London area for quite some time.
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