History & Heritage

Sharing your local history

On this page we feature historic local people, places and events from in and around Bridgend county borough, as well as the wider historic area of Glamorgan. 


Our volunteer researchers highlight a variety of stories throughout the year, from sad events to quirky characters and fascinating facts. Would you like to help us explore Glamorgan’s history? Contact us to find out more about volunteering opportunities. 


If you’re interested in researching your own family history, you will find the resources and contact details for our Local and Family History Library here

Delivering post in 1955 - Copyright Geoff Charles - National Library of Wales

Post from the Past

Our history researchers publish regular local heritage pamphlets. These pamphlets feature local heritage stories, with a different theme for each edition. Click on the links below to read previous editions…

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Christopher Williams 150

Born in Commercial Street, Maesteg, on 7 January 1873, we will celebrate renowned artist Christopher Williams throughout 2023. Williams painted royalty as well as the famous Battle of Mametz Wood,

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