Historically, Monmouthshire was an area of strategic importance due to its position on the Welsh/English border. Today it sits in Wales but at one time reference was made to Wales, England and Monmouthshire.
Our collections are mainly comprised of material reflecting the history and way of life of the people of Monmouthshire. Museums are located in Monmouth (historically the county town), Abergavenny and Chepstow. Smaller towns and major villages like Caldicot, Usk and Raglan are also represented in the collections.
Occasionally areas outside of Monmouthshire feature, especially the areas close to our borders, for example Capel y Ffin which lies in Powys.
The easiest way to see if we have information relating to a particular place is to do a simple search – just put the place name into the search box. If you get too many results, you can then use the filters on the left-hand side of the search results to narrow the list.
Places of particular interest which are reflected in our collections include:
Tintern and the Lower Wye Valley, including the Piercefield Estate, were popular destinations for artists and tourists from the late 18th century when there was an increasing interest in the “picturesque”.