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Gwent Archives collects and preserves unique historical archives and makes them available for you to use.

Using them you can discover an amazing amount about the history of Gwent and its people.

About us

Gwent Archives is the official archive for the five local authorities in the Gwent area. We are also recognised by the National Archives as a place of deposit for public records and by the Church in Wales for parochial records.

Our services

It is free to visit Gwent Archives to carry out research in person. We also have experienced staff who can help point you in the right direction. Lectures, workshops and sessions for new users are regularly held and group visits can be arranged. A paid search service is available for those who are unable to visit. We also have a conservation department and can help advise you on how to care for your own archives.

Preparing for your visit

Please bring ID, which includes your address and signature, on your first visit. Our documents are irreplaceable so please bring a pencil for note taking. We also permit the use of laptops and wi-fi is available. A permit can be purchased for taking photographs. We will try to accommodate anyone who visits but we recommend contacting us prior to your visit so we can reserve you a place.

Helping us

We are always pleased to accept new records of all kinds and all dates, either as deposits or donations. If you have or know someone who has something which you think should be in the Archive please contact us. Gwent Archives often has placements available for volunteers. These can either be based in the office or using IT to work from home. If you are interested in helping us please get in touch.

What you will find

At Gwent Archives millions of documents are available dating from the twelfth century to the present day. Whatever subject, person or place you are interested in we can help you to discover an enormous amount from these documents. To find more about our Collection please visit us or our website at

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9.30 am - 5.00 pm
For details of Saturday openings please see our website or contact us.

Contact details

Telephone: 01495 353363

Gwent Archives
Steelworks Road
Ebbw Vale
NP23 6DN

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