Education Service

Gwent Archives offers a unique opportunity for teachers and students to engage with and explore the past. Our extensive collections can be utilised for a wide range of topics – not only for exploring the history of Gwent from the medieval period to the 20th century, but also for discovering changes in technology and the climate; and investigating South-East Wales’ experiences of national and international events from strike action to World Wars and the British Empire.  

We offer (for FREE!) guidance and resources that can support the six Areas of Learning and Experience, cynefin and BAME histories.  

  • On-Site Workshops: we are able to host up to 30 students at the Archives and offer them the opportunity to explore and learn using original documents. Sessions last up to 2 hours and include a behind-the-scenes tour where students will learn how we care for our documents. 

  • Off-Site Workshops: we are happy to come to you to deliver workshops in either a classroom or assembly style setting. Whilst We cannot bring original documents to these sessions, the students will work with a range of high-quality copies.  

  • Teacher Familiarisation Sessions: we offer introductory sessions on the Archives and our collections to teachers. These teacher training sessions can form part of a staff meeting or a school training day; and take place at the Archives, at the school or virtually and will introduce you to a range of documents from our collections and how they can be incorporated into the new curriculum. Sessions can be delivered both during school hours or after school as part of a twilight session.  

Please be aware that the Archives require at least 6-8 weeks’ notice to prepare workshops. 

To find out more about the Archive Education Service and how we can help you, please contact us at