A museum with an extensive archive that celebrates the history of the former steelworks, iron and coal industries, the land and the people who lived and worked in the area.
We have tens of thousands of documents, photographs, films and memorabilia dating back hundreds of years.
Whether its information for research, local interest, or curiosity, our volunteers will help you find it.
Entrance to the museum is free and donations are always welcome.
The Ebbw Vale Works Museum is located at The General Offices in Ebbw Vale, a Grade 2 Listed Building which also houses the Gwent Archives and teams from Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.
Visitors to the Ebbw Vale Works Museum will find an eclectic collection of artefacts and archived material covering the evolution and development of coal, iron and steelmaking in the area from 1790, to the works closure in 2002 and records its subsequent demolition. The museum also provides access to a considerable amount of material relating to the social aspect of the lives of the community.
The museum is an independently operated facility which relies on support, funding and donations from visitors and official bodies, ensuring the collection is maintained for posterity and supports the education of the public for generations to come.
The Official Opening of the Museum by Lord Brookman took place during October 1998.
Present at the opening with Lord Brookman were: M. McOrmish, J. Powell, D. Horne, A. Dunbar, and the curators J. Gaydon, B. Caswell and M. Warrender.
The General Offices were refurbished and officially opened by HM The Queen in 2012 and is shown here clearly enjoying her visit to the museum.
More information about the General Offices can be found on their Facebook page here
The museum would like to thank our visitors, friends and volunteers, past, present and future for their continuing support. Our best wishes and hope to see you again in the future.
The committee of the Museum wish to thank Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Tata Steel, Welsh Assembly, CyMAL, Federation of Museums and Art Galleries Wales, the Association of Independent Museums
The Ebbw Vale Works Archival Trust became by a Deed of Trust signed by representatives of Corus and the First Trustees on 11th November 2004. Collection of artefacts started some years before the final closure of the works was announced in 2002 by Barrie Caswell, John Gaydon and Mel Warrender with the permission of the then Works Manager Mr Andy Dunbar.
The Trust Deed's main objective is to support the education of the public by the establishment of a museum to preserve and put on public display the Ebbw Vale Works Archival Trusts Collection.
We have been very fortunate that since the museum was formed, to become a Charitable Trust and have been helped by donations given by visitors when visiting the museum.
We have been supported by Tata Steel, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Welsh Assembly, CyMAL (Museums, Archives & Libraries Wales), Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales and the Association of Independent Museums.
The collection contains a large number of legal and estate documents dating back to the 17th century, including the original agreements on farmland purchases for building the first furnaces and documents relating to the acquisition of ironworks and collieries during the periods of industrial expansion. The collection also has information relating to the mineral rights, water reserves, maps, plans, balance sheets, minutes of shareholder's Annual General Meetings and records on the development of processes, products and the changing personnel of the works.
Photographs & Films
An extensive photographic portfolio dating from the turn of the 20th century has been preserved which includes a record of the changing area, industrial sites, equipment, staff, recording its changes and its demolition. We also have a library of archival film which has been largely digitised and includes operations from 1918 up to the closure in 2002.
The collection holds a complete set of company magazines, periodicals, books, catalogues, and extensive newspaper cuttings. We also have an eclectic mix of furniture, paintings and industrial artefacts. Also on display are pieces of engineering instrumentation, tools and industrial memorabilia. In the collection we have samples of hot rolled materials, tinplate and galvanised steel and examples of the end products of customers and commemorative pieces from the early 1920s onwards.
The museum is based in 4 rooms at the General Offices: G5, G6, G7 and G3. Each contains different aspects of the archive and our volunteers will help you locate material referenced in our extensive database.
Rooms G5 and G6 are at the north end of the building, in what was the General Managers Office and the Boardroom.
We also have articles in common areas including display cabinets and wall mounted photographic displays in corridors.
We have a number of items for sale at the shop which all go to provide extra funding for the museum. Please contact us for more information.
When more than one of the above supplements are ordered they can be purchased at 2 for £5.00.
Friends of the Ebbw Vale Works Museum
It was decided that one way of ensuring the means of raising monetary support for the museum was by creating a scheme called "Friends of the Ebbw Vale Works Museum" and there would be a annual subscription of £5.00 per year for those wishing to join.
By becoming a member of the scheme, you will receive two "Friends of the Museum" booklets yearly, which will keep you up to date with what is happening within the museum as well as an article on a historical subject about the works.
To help generate funds the museum has introduced a "The Friends of the Museum-Newsletter" published internally and available for a nominal sum.
All contributions go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the facility during these difficult financial times, thereby keeping the museum open to the general public.
To become a Friend of the Museum, please contact us on 01495 350941
The museum's volunteers without whom the Museum would not be open for the general public, dedicate much of their time to helping visitors find information and artefacts. The museum would like to thank them for their time and enthusiasm, ensuing the archive remains active and accessible. The volunteers in turn would like to thanks all past and future visitors for their support and continuing interest.
Whether you worked in the steelworks, surrounding industries, or live locally and have a passion for supporting the community, or just want to help out and would like to become a volunteer, give us a call and arrange to pop in and have a chat.
Travelling from the West on the A465 at the Ebbw Vale roundabout take the 3rd exit the A4046 (College Road). Follow the signs "The Works"
Travelling from the East on the A465 at the Ebbw Vale roundabout take the 1st exit the A4046 (College Road). Follow the signs "The Works"
At the next roundabout take the 1st exit continuing on the A4046.
At the next roundabout take the 1st exit continuing on the A4046.
At the traffic lights carry straight on taking the B4485 (Steelworks Road).
At the next roundabout after the stone arched bridge take the 1st exit continuing on the B4485 for about 400 yards and you will reach the General Offices on your left-hand side.
Travelling from the South on the A4046 carry straight on pass the Ambala Hotel, at the next roundabout take the second exit, travel along this road for 1/2 mile at the next round about carry straight on for about 1mile and you will reach the General Offices on your left.
The free car parks are to the south and east of the building.
There is a regular train service between Cardiff General Station and Ebbw Vale Town Station which terminates at the Free Car Park at south end of the General Office.
During weekdays the trains leave Cardiff General hourly at 35 minutes past the hour and return from Ebbw Vale Town hourly at 37 minutes past the hour.
The train picks up and drops off at Cardiff General, Pye Corner, Rogerstone, Risca & Pontymister, Crosskeys, Newbridge, Llanhilleth, Ebbw Vale Parkway and Ebbw Vale Town.