Blackwood – More than just Family History.

In July, once more our speaker was a member of our own branch, who shared the fascinating results of her Family History research. We were surprised by the unusual and interesting history she had found among her husband’s ancestors.

But that was not all – the likelihood of a connection to a famous local landowner lead us on to Local History. We learned a great deal about the area between Bedwellty and East Glamorgan, and the founding of the famous Lewis Schools.  Then it was back to ancestry, and the well-documented royal forebears of the Lewis family. Fame indeed!

Imaging Egypt and Palestine in WW1

The Views of an Antique Land: Imaging Egypt and Palestine in the First World War project is holding a roadshow in the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh at Brecon over the weekend of 10th, 11th & 12th July 2015.  Our project (which is funded by the Heritage Lottery) is asking the public to share their images of Egypt and Palestine from 1914 – 1918 Continue reading

Did you know Einwen Evans?

At the Swag Fair on Saturday 16th May 2015, we were approached by the lady from Balmaiden Books, who had a folder containing information about a Newport girl named Einwen Evans. We were asked our opinion of where was the best place to deposit the information to which we said the Gwent Archives and said that we would also place the info in our journal and also on the website.
Einwen Evans was the daughter of Idris & Florence Amelia Evans; her reports were from Rougemont School, Clevedon Road 1939 – 1943; St. Julian High School 1943 – 1947; and there was something from an Oxford University.
If you knew of this lady, you can contact Balmaiden Books (

Pontypool – Trevethin Open Day

St. Cadoc’s (Trevethin ) Church Open Day

Last Saturday, 2nd May 2015, representatives of Pontypool Branch attended an open day at Trevethin Church.

The theme for the day was the 125th.anniversary of the Llanerch colliery  disaster. St Cadocs open day 1 small

Nicola prepared an extensive display on the people Continue reading