YouTube video captures the history and heritage of Blaenavon

The first in a series of powerful exhibitions has been created by young people of Blaenavon to showcase its’ history and heritage.

“Mynavon”, funded through the Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme (THP), was created by Blaenavon Hwb (a young person’s project) with the support of Blaenavon Male Voice Choir.

The Townscape Heritage Partnership (THP) is being delivered through funding contributions from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Torfaen CBC, Blaenavon Town Council, Cadw and private sector applicants.

Dan Oliver, Hwb Manager, said: “This exhibition has given our young people a voice and a platform to talk about the things that are important to them, their work is testament to their sense of community and pride in their hometown.

“Mynavon is about identity, and the young people have captured that beautifully. My thanks go to the choir for providing such a meaningful backdrop, and to the Hwb staff for facilitating this important and engaging piece of work.” 

Councillor Alan Jones, Blaenavon World Heritage Champion said: “This digital exhibition is fantastic. To see how our young people have captured the history and heritage of our town is very moving and impressive”.

Gareth Davies, Chair of the THP board, said: “It’s wonderful to see such cohesion between generations and the results it can produce. Well done everyone, the video is passionate, vibrant and real.”

Richard Bellamy, Head of the National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales said: “We believe that heritage is a living thing and should be a part of our everyday lives. Historic town centres are the beating heart of communities, so it is vital that we take care and celebrate them. This YouTube video is a perfect example of this”.

Read the Mynavon poem here.

Find out more about the Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Programme.

Posted on: Friday 26th July 2019