Monmouthshire Record Office was established in 1938, but became part of Gwent County Archive due to local government reorganisation in 1974. The county was divided into five unitary authorities in 1996. It became known as Gwent Archives in 2011, moving to a new site in Ebbw Vale.
The authorities of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Caerphilly County Borough Council (former Islwyn Borough area), Monmouthshire County Council, Newport City Council and Torfaen County Borough Council are all served by the Archives.
The building houses approximately 10km of storage so the collection of resources can be preserved into the future. This collection is also constantly being expanded and they are always pleased to accept donations of documents to add to their collection.
It is also possible to download leaflets regarding Parish Registers, Non-Conformist Registers, Catholic Registers and School Log Books and Admission Registers held by the Office.
The Mechanical Link from Ebbw Vale town centre offers direct access to the Archive. A pedestrian route may also be used.
Two free car parks are available near the Archive.
Travelling from Cardiff to Ebbw Vale takes approximately 1 hour. The Ebbw Vale Town rail extension gives access to the Archive.
Bus 22 travels from Cwmbran to Ebbw Vale, it stopping near the Archive. Bus X18 travels from Newport to Ebbw Vale via Risca.
The collections can be preserved for future generations because they are housed in state of the art storage. It is also possible to see conservation and repair work being carried out in their modern archive conservation studio. If you wish to know more about using Archive resources, lecture and group facilities are provided.
You can use a digital camera to take photographs of some documents, but the flash must be turned off. Some documents cannot be photographed because doing so may cause damage to them as they are fragile and easily damaged. Using a handheld scanner is prohibited.
They also sell publications, which includes Gwent Local History - Chartist Anniversary Edition. The publication discusses new research into the Chartist Rising, one of the most important events in the history of Gwynedd.
Monmouthshire Record Office is a member of CARN (County Archive Research Network).