Blaenavon World Heritage Site News & Events.
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World Heritage Day - 28 June 
This year’s annual World Heritage Day will feature an abundance of great street entertainment, including Heritage Costume Parade, Victorian Fun Fair, Live Music, Street Acts, Craft Stalls......... a great family day out! Opening of World Heritage Festival 11am Market Square.  Full details.
Let’s get ready to Party!
Learn some fantastic Brazilian rhythms using samba percussion instruments such as bass drums, snare drums, tambours, ago go bells and shakers!  Everyone will get the chance to play and discover the instrument that suits them.
Dance workshops will mirror the drumming sessions, learn carnival dances which are simple, everyone can pick it up so come along and have a go! 
All workshops are FREE of charge and include artists’ support throughout June
Don’t miss the World Heritage Day parade on Saturday 28 June 2014 at 1.00pm from the top of Broad Street.  For more information contact 01495 742333 or
Blaenavon Town Team
This year the Town Team will be holding ‘Heritage Week’ in the lead up to Heritage Day.  This will give traders the opportunity to promote their businesses to the local community and visitors. Heritage Week will encourage people to use their local high street and demonstrate the range of services on offer.
For more information please find us on Twitter @blaenavontown or Facebook /Blaenavontownteam 
Living Landscapes Lecture - 17 June 
Honey Bees in the landscape
• FREE entry to the lecture starting at 6pm at Rhymney Brewery & Visitor Centre • Minibus tour of a bee aspery at 10am on Saturday 21 June. Meet at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre • Places limited. Booking essential. Call 01495 742333 -  
Details of other events
Big Pit National Coal Museum -Through My Eyes: The Miners’ Strike 1984/85 - Until 30 June, 10am-5pm
Your last chance to see this remarkable exhibition of photographs taken during the Miners’ Strike of 1984/85. NUM member Mike Thompson, who worked in Fernhill Colliery and later both Nantgarw and Cwm Coke Works, travelled around England and Wales taking photographs during the strike. This exhibition gives a personal and powerful view form the NUM side of the pickets. FREE. 
Can you solve the mystery? Blaenavon Heritage Railway
21 June 2014 departing at 7pm, you can enjoy a leisurely drink as you travel to Blaenavon's High Level to visit our new museum. On your return to Furnace Sidings there will be a buffet supper and after this the murder mystery will be enacted by our talented group of actors. You will re-join the train for a further trip during which you can quiz the suspects to try to work out who dunnit.
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Blaenavon Welcomes Mexican Ambassador
Blaenavon recently welcomed His Excellency Diego Gomez Pickering, the Mexican Ambassador to the UK. During his visit, His Excellency visited the World Heritage Centre, Blaenavon Ironworks and Big Pit National Coal Museum. His Excellency was in Wales visiting the Welsh Government and asked to visit Blaenavon World Heritage Site. The Ambassador is a career diplomat as well as a writer and journalist. He has been engaged with UN activities as a consultant and advisor to several agencies including UNESCO and so had a natural interest in the Site. His Excellency thoroughly enjoyed his visit and was keen to share Blaenavon’s achievements with similar World heritage Sites in Mexico.
Museum Reveals Blaenavon’s War Stories
This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. As part of the centenary commemorations, the Blaenavon Community Heritage Museum has been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to research and write a history of Blaenavon and its people during the war years.
The museum anticipates that the book will be published in the autumn but if you’ve got photographs, stories or information relating to the above, please get in touch as there’s still time to include them in the book. Please phone 01495 790991 or email for more details. 

Remembering Alexander Cordell
September 2014 marks 100 years since the birth of the popular writer Alexander Cordell (the pen-name of George Alexander Graber). Cordell wrote thirty books but was most famous for his bestselling novel Rape of the Fair Country which was set in Blaenavon during the Industrial Revolution.
An exhibition on the life and work of Alexander Cordell can be seen at the Blaenavon Community Heritage & Cordell Museum in Lion Street where Cordell’s writing desk, novels and personal effects, take pride of place. For more information, please phone 01495 790991 or email

Newsflash from Blaenavon Ironworks!                
We are happy to announce that our new virtual blast furnace and refurbished exhibition rooms are now open at the Ironworks. The casting house interpretation is a particularly stunning interpretation using light and sound to give visitors a virtual experience of working life at the site.  
e also have new exhibition panels and refurbished models of the site located in the Truck Shop area, which really show why this site is an icon of Welsh (and British!) industrial heritage as the best preserved historic iron works in the world, & very much illustrate Wales as the world’s first Industrial nation.   
Come along to see it yourselves. We look forward to seeing you! 

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