Gwent Local History Society was founded in 1954 to promote the study of local history in Monmouthshire, and now covers the old County of Gwent. The Council comprises representatives of local history societies in Gwent. It organises lectures and events and publishes a journal, Gwent Local History twice yearly.
The Day School events are held each Autumn across the County and have a shared objective of promoting local history and learning.
Previous Day Schools have been held at Big Pit Blaenavon, Shire Hall Monmouthshire and The Institute Blaenavon. The 2012 event will be held in The County Archives in Ebbw Vale.
We work with organisations such as National Trust, BBC Wales and other support networks to promote Local History.
Membership entitles the individual, group or organisation to two journals per year, attendance at the AGM (which always includes a speaker) and a reduced entry to the Day School.
Current membership fees are: Individual £8.00 per year
Societies £12.00 per year
Libraries/Universities £15.00 per year
Karen Vowles - Secretary
Gwent Local History Society
S.Wales NP19 7EJ
Tel: 01633 - 241564
Gwent Local History Council
Annual Awards for Services to Local History
We are currently seeking nominations for the above Award and need your help. Should you be aware of an individual who has undertaken some excellent work, been involved in Local History for a long period, promoted Local History or has made a significant contribution to Local History please nominate them for the above Award.
All we need is a page of A4 stating why you feel the individual deserves the Award and their contribution to Local History. Please include their name and contact details along with your details.
Please nominate with the nominees permission.
Decisions will be made by the Gwent Local History Committee and this decision will be final.
The Award will be made at the Annual General Meeting of Gwent Local History on December 1st 2012.
Closing date for nominations is Friday 28th September 2012.
Please return all nominations by
Post – Ty Derwen, Church Road, Newport NP19 7EJ
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need further information please contact me 01633 241564.
Two new courses start at Gwent Archives this September. These are. The courses, run in partnership with the University of Wales, Newport and the University of the Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI), form part of a Certificate of Higher Education in Heritage Studies but can also be taken as single modules. For those living in the UHOVI area funding may also be available.
The two courses starting in September are:
Heritage Story Telling
Memorable visits to heritage sites are often created by the engaging, creative and thus catchy interpretation provided – whether that be tour guides, audio tours or simple panels. By the same token, even the most interesting site can be marred by poor interpretation. This course aims to encourage students to evaluate different approaches to interpretation, to understand the way that it is designed to meet the needs of specific audiences and develop engaging interpretation plans for their own community projects. The module will include lectures and site visits to see how national and local organisations approach the challenge of bringing their heritage stories to life.
Heritage (and Cultural Tourism)
Tourism is the biggest world-wide industry and it is extremely important to the Welsh economy. This course will aim to examine the history of tourism, the importance of heritage and cultural visitor experiences to the UK industry, the wide range of heritage resources in Wales and the way that these are marketed to potential visitors. We will also examine the pressures that visitors place on host communities and the opportunities that new media offer to bring hidden heritage assets to life for visitors. The course will include lectures, case studies, practical sessions and visits to heritage visitor sites.