Tredegar the birthplace of the NHS
Number 10 The Circle in Tredegar has been revitalised thanks to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust who purchased the derelict building and completed a full refurbishment supported by the Welsh Government, European Regional Development Fund, Community Heritage Lottery funding and Blaenau Gwent CBC.
The historic building was once home to the Tredegar Medical Aid Society, used as the blueprint for the creation of the National Health Service in 1948 by Aneurin Bevan. This small but important building helped pioneer health care as we know it today. This year more than ever, we should celebrate the role a Welsh town played in helping inspire the creation of the NHS, a vitally important service.
The renovation will provide a place where people can work, learn and celebrate the heritage of Tredegar and the National Health Service. This is vital, particularly during the past 11 months, as we’ve all faced some of Wales’ darkest days, and our NHS has been there – in the face of extreme pressures – at every step.
Completed over three years, the building will be used as an open access multi-functional space for educational classes, training, seminars, meetings, and include a heritage centre which will tell the story of the building and the NHS.
The first floor is now occupied by Cymru Creations, a local social enterprise, providing training and employment opportunities in media and heritage.
Alun Taylor, Head of Operations for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, said: “CRT purchased the building in recognition of its huge importance to the history of Tredegar and the formation of the NHS and its potential as a Heritage Centre to tell a great story and to help regenerate the town centre.
“With partner support a great facility has been developed demonstrating what can be achieved when partnership investment and the community come together.”
The completion of the Heritage Centre is expected by the end of Spring 2021.
A sketch of one of the interpretative experiences within the Heritage Centre: