In addition to The Grand Big Pit, one of the largest coal mining Museums in the UK, there are numerous equally exciting indoor Museums in and around Brynmawr, including the Chartist movement, which was at the heart of the social revolution in the UK.


Discover the "Brynmawr" experiment, by far the most successful project launched to revive the once vibrant centre of the industrial era, and more


The museum has a varied collection of everyday artefacts, including a collection of Brynmawr furniture, manufactured by one of the small industries set up by the Quakers in the Brynmawr Experiment. There are a lot of items in the museum from Brynmawr’s Past. Exhibits include: School Photographs, Medical Equipment, Church & Chapel China, Police Uniforms, Scout & Guide Uniforms, Sporting Cups & Equipment, Civic Shields, WWI & WWII photographs, children’s toys, church artefacts and many other items.  It’s also good to visit on Thursday mornings, for the coffee morning, which allows visitors and members to get together and have a chat, about the past, present and future.  

Carnegie Library, Market Square,Brynmawr, NP23 4AJ.

01495 313900 or 01495 310512

Ebbw Vale Works Museum

View a unique collection of artefacts and documents telling the story of iron and steel making in Ebbw Vale.

The Museum also incorporates the Gwent Archives

  • The General Office in Ebbw Vale was the former HQ for the Steelworks and hosts both Gwent Archives and the Ebbw Vale Works Museum.

  • The Ebbw Vale Works Museum has a unique collection of artefacts and documents telling the story of iron and steel making in Ebbw Vale. 

  • The magnificent new facilities at Gwent Archives provide an ideal environment for you to use the unique collection of documents. It boasts 10km of state of the art storage so the Collection can be preserved for future generations leaving plenty of room to go on collecting - they are always keen to hear from people with documents they think might be of interest.

  • It also has lecture and group facilities so people can learn more about using the resources. The design of the modern archive conservation studio allows visitors to see the delicate work of repair and conservation as it is carried out.


The Secretary,Ebbw Vale Works Museum,

General Office,Steelworks Road,Ebbw Vale,NP23 5DN.

Telephone: 01495 350941



Learn about the chartist movement, their fight for voting reform & social justice and its connection with Nantyglo & Blaina. Salem chapel’s information centre houses a permanent exhibition of the chartist movement. Located within the upper reaches of the Gwent Valleys in South Wales, Nantyglo and Blaina have an exciting history of Scotch Cattle activity, riots and the Chartist Uprising. Visitors can view the story of the Chartist Movement and events leading up to the March on 4th November 1839 and find out about the characters involved, John Frost, Zephaniah Williams and William Jones, what motivated them and their legacy. 

Salem Chapel, High Street Blaina NP13 3BN. Telephone: 01495 292817 


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Visit more Nearby Museums

  • Gwent Archives

    The magnificent new facilities provide an ideal environment for you to use the unique collection of documents.

  • Tredegar Local History Museum

    The museum has a varied collection of artefacts reflecting the industry and life of this important iron making town.

Brynmawr Wales

The Highest Market Town in Wales. Legendary Historic Trails. Great outdoors Activities. Must See Attractions.  A Warm Hearted Local Community.