Ebbw Vale Works Museum

Amgfueddfa Gweithfeydd Glyn Ebwy

 Ebbw Vale Works Archival Trust:  Charity Commission for England and Wales Registration Number 1107515


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 Museum


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 External link opens in new tab or windowhere 

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

Aims of the Museum

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 Archive


 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.

Room G6

Room G5

Room G7

Room G3

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.


2007 - 2008 Supplements 1 and 2 £3.00 each or 2 for £5.00.
2008 - 2009 Supplements 3 and 4 £3.00 each or 2 for £5.00.
2010 - 2011 Supplement 5 at £5.00.
2012 - 2013 Supplement 6 at £5.00.
2014 - 2015 Supplement 7 at £5.00.

When more than one of the above supplements are ordered they can be purchased at 2 for £5.00.


Ebbw Vale, "The Works" by Caswell, Gaydon and Warrender at £13.00 each.
"A History of Ebbw Vale" by Arthur Gray-Jones at £5.00 each.
"Industrial Archaeology in Blaenau Gwent" by John Van Laun at £5.00 each.
"An Odyssey" from Ebbw Vale to Tyneside by Raymond Hicks at £3.00 each.
"The Boy from Ebbw Vale" by Raymond Hicks at £3.00 each.


"The Ebbw Vale Steel, Iron and Coal Co Ltd" at £7.50 each.
"Ebbw Vale, The Works" at £5.00 each.
"Pattern For Progress" at £5.00 each.
"The Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales" held at Ebbw Vale 1958, original archive film at £5.00 each.
"R.T.B Christmas Pantomimes & the Duffryn School Choir" at £5.00 each.
Pantomimes plus "The Works Pantomimes" at £8.00 each.


"Ebbw Vale The Works" at £3.00 each.
"Pattern For Progress" at £3.00 each.

Commemorative Tins

"DR Mill Closure" at £3.00 each.
"2002 Works Closure Present" at £4.00 each.

Commemorative Tray

Celebrating 50 Years, 1938 - 1988 at £3.00 each.

British Steel Mugs at £1.00 each.

Join Us

 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.