Meet the experts at Blaenavon' Family History Fayre

Visitors to this FREE event (on Sat 22nd April) will get expert help in tracing their own family history, by:

  • Meeting local history groups, who can share top tips
  • Hearing presentations from a lead researcher on BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?
  • Exploring Gwent Archives’ fascinating local knowledge

Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall will host a unique, one-day FREE Family History Fayre on Saturday 22nd April, with a wealth of activities, talks and exhibitions all aimed at sharing some of Blaenavon’s rich history – including some of the legends of the industrial age, and give visitors a chance to get expert help in tracing their own genealogy.

Blaenavon Industrial Landscape was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000, in recognition of the area’s exceptional significance to the Industrial Revolution, and the many rich assets that remain from that time. This one-day event will give locals and anyone interested in the area’s history a chance to see how families – including , perhaps, their own – can link us with that iconic chapter in our history.

As well as a packed schedule of events at the Fayre, the Blaenavon Community Heritage Museum, which includes displays and artefacts of relating to Blaenavon’s rich history, will be open FREE of charge on the day.

Teas, coffees and light refreshments will be available throughout.

The Family History Fayre is funded by the Welsh Government through Visit Wales’ Regional Tourism Engagement Fund. The project is led by Torfaen County Borough Council on behalf of the Blaenavon Marketing Partnership.

Family History Talks

Join our guest speakers in the Cinema for a glimpse into their fascinating research in – and passion for – family history.

  • 12pm – ‘Family History’; An introduction to Gwent Archives, how to piece together your own family history and how the Archives’ records can help your research.
  • 1pm – ‘The World We Have Lost – The Value of Family and Community History’; an exploration of how history and heritage are vital to a community’s understanding of itself.
  • 2pm – Meet Nick Barratt former Consultant and Lead Researcher on the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, who will give a presentation on ‘Family History in the 21st Century: Behind the Scenes of Who Do You Think You Are?’. Nick is Associate Professor in Public History at the University of Nottingham.

PLEASE NOTE: Booking is essential for these talks as seating is limited. Please contact Blaenavon Tourist Information Centre, 01495 742333, or email

Drop-in Workshops

‘Know Your Ancestors – a taster session for Family History research’

Have you always wanted to find out about your family history, but haven’t been sure where to start? These workshops are an ideal place to start! You’ll be shown how to start using the internet, books and local records.

Blaenavon Community Museum will also have some completed family trees, interesting artefacts and documents on show.

Posted on: Friday 24th March 2017