Who we are

Serving Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen

Gwent Archives was established in 1938 as the Monmouthshire Record Office, serving the 'old' county of that name. In 1974, following local government reorganisation, it became the Gwent County Record Office. Further local government changes in 1996 divided the county of Gwent into five unitary authorities. Gwent Archives now serves the areas covered by these authorities: Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Caerphilly County Borough Council (former Islwyn Borough area), Monmouthshire County Council, Newport City Council and Torfaen County Borough Council.


We are the official archive service for the local authorities in the area we serve under the 1994 Local Government (Wales) Act, the recognised Place of Deposit for Public Records and Ecclesiastical Parish Records for the Diocese of Monmouth.

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Gwent Archives is a joint service reporting to a committee with members from each of the five authorities above (the Gwent Archives Joint Committee). The service is managed by Dr Lisa Snook, County Archivist.












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