Do you want to help us double the size of our tiny staff team? We have a part-time role to work with our volunteers that is funded until December 2017 with support from the People’s Health Trust. The job description for our ‘HERITAGE HORIZONS PROJECT OFFICER and the application form can be found under ‘about the project‘ above. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 20th May 2016. Good luck!


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Exhibition on now in Wrexham Museum

Brymbo Fossil Forest is part of Brymbo Heritage Area, and it’s the aspect of the project that is going to bring international visitors to us in the long term. We’re planning to secure funds by 2018 to put a building over the fossilised forest to allow geologists and paleobotanists to explore and excavate the site safe from the weather that can do so much harm to the rock they are formed of. Eventually we’ll go on to seek investment for a major visitor centre on the fossil site…but only once we know exactly what lies beneath us.

In the meantime we’ve been working with a wide range of partners over the last year or so to bring an exhibition of the ‘best bits’ to Wrexham – an exhibition that can then go on tour around Wales to shout loudly and proudly about Brymbo’s rich heritage.

The National Museum & Gallieries of Wales and Wrexham Museum have worked hard to put this exhibition on, and it’s great. It’s incredibly pleasing to see the materials brought to life so professionally, and the ‘Big Stig’ looks amazing.

The exhibition is open until 4th June 2016.
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One of our aims for Brymbo’s Heritage is to to record people’s stories as short audio clips. We’ve run lots of sessions at the Enterprise Centre, during our open days and at people’s own homes to chat and record.

Over the next few months we’re trialling two new ways to record your stories:

1) Find someone to interview (or to interview you), use your smart phone or laptop to record the session, and send it to us by email (at gary@brymboheritage.co.uk); or

2) Use the audio comment option below – it allows for five minutes’ recording and when you press send that’s it! Just provide a few details so we can keep in touch, and once we’ve listened to the recording we’ll publish it here on our website.

We’re also keen to run further sessions where you can come and chat over a cuppa – we’ll be setting dates up from April 2016 onwards.


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We had a fabulous year in 2015 seeing our largest event so far, lots of school visits, many new volunteers and success with fund raising efforts to safeguard and celebrate Brymbo’s natural and industrial heritage.

Over the winter we’re taking a break from public events, and we’re concentrating on several other parts of the project:

1) we’re preparing the main funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for ‘Phase 1’ of our master plan (see here for the full plan) with the aim of submitting it in the Spring.

2) we’re making new pathways, improving our car parking area, keeping the vegetation down (find us on site every Sunday morning from 10.00am, come along and join in!);

3) we’re working with engineers and WCBC to agree the plan for putting the old steel casting Ladle onto the roundabout near the fossil forest (we’ve had £1,000 towards this from Brymbo Community Council, too);

4) we’re writing up some of the activities we’ve done this year with schools so we can offer visits that have a better structure and follow up;

5) we’re looking for people to get involved with our oral history work – recording stories, editing and publishing them here; and

6) we’re setting dates for next year’s events programme – and yes, that will include Brymbo Rocks again 🙂

If you would like to help or want to know more please give Gary a call on 0800 772 0981, pop in and see Colin during the week, or any Sunday morning – if the front gate is open someone is there!


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The second edition of the Brymbo and Tanyfron Community Newsletter is now out and currently being distributed around the villages.

The Newsletter is also available to pick  up from Brymbo Enterprise Centre now.

You can also view a digital copy of the Newsletter here: BT Com Newsletter Ed.2

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We now have a full line up of bands for Brymbo Rocks and now we’re looking for performers to fill 10 minute slots between bands on a smaller stage. Contact us at events@brymboheritage.co.uk to get involved!

*Please note we have a full line up of bands and no longer require more musical actsperformerposter2


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Steel, Bat and Ball: A Pictorical History of Football and Cricket in Brymbo

One of our volunteers, Andrew Edwards, has been putting together an illustrated book about Brymbo’s cricket and football history. The book will be launched on Saturday 5th September at Brymbo Sports & Social Complex, with a reading from the author at 2pm.

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This book is a must for anyone who is proud of their village’s heritage and successes over a period of almost 130 years. It is being released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the closing of Brymbo Steelworks, which played a big part in the history of the village’s sports clubs, including the football and cricket, up until its closure.

The book is now available to pre-order on our website using the below link!

 Steel, Bat and Ball: A Pictorial History of Brymbo Football and Cricket Club 1882 – 2015.


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Our next Open Day is Saturday 27th June from 10am – 4pm at the Former Iron and Steelworks – all welcome – welcome to bring friendly dogs too!

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As part of the Commemoration events coming up in September, we would like you to become involved by sharing your stories with others. See below for more information…

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Are you interested in volunteering with Brymbo Heritage Group? If you have expressed an interest in volunteering with us recently or would like to find out about volunteering, come along tonight between 7-9pm at the Machine Shop in the former Iron and Steelworks for a talk, discussion and possibly sign up as a volunteer! Some of our current volunteers will be around to chat to about what it’s like to volunteer with BHG.

We’ll provide tea, coffee and biscuits!

Volunteer evening


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