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Chairman: Miss E. SAGE
8 Pentonville, Newport, Gwent
'Bendigeidfran', 47A Bridge Street, Chepstow
Formerly "Presenting Monmouthshire"
No. 53
Autumn 1982
The contents of Gwent Local History Journal No. 53 (and indeed of
every other issue) are largely determined by what research is being
carried out on the history of Gwent at that time, and whether it is
written up and presented for publication. That is, the Journal depends
on you The Readers becoming The Authors and making your work
available for others to read, enjoy and learn from. It is the first para-
graph of the article "The New Town of Cwmbran" which has prompted
your Editor to point this out, and I find the implied opposition between
"academic" and "amateur" local historians a sad and perhaps unhelpful
division. Local history especially is about people and places familiar
in the district and should be enjoyable certainly, but this does not neces-
sarily mean that standards of research and writing are low. Naturally
the Editorial Board aim to print only those articles which combine high
standards of both content and style, and it is hoped that if local history
is written in good, clear, lively English that everyone will enjoy reading
it, whether it is concerned with the history of a church, an industry, a
village school, a local family's reminiscences or indeed any other subject.
I hope that you, the Readers and Authors of Gwent Local History, feel
that the Journal does succeed in this way. If you feel that the purpose
and methods should be different, please do write, as the Journal should
be a reflection of the membership of the Gwent Local History Council.
I would like to add that I am pleased that this matter of the intention
of the Journal has been raised within its pages by the founder members
and hope very much that further views will be expressed on the subject.
Another varied and interesting selection of articles await you in this
Journal. As well as the one mentioned, the people of Monmouth figure
large this time. We can read about Thomas Tudor, the 18th century
topographical artist who live in Monmouth, and also a detailed study of
Some Aspects of the Grammar Schools in Monmouthshire" which of
course includes the Monmouth Shool. A different approach to
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