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Aberkenfig Resource Centre (ARC)


Opened in 2002, our Resource Centre (ARC) is situated in Aberkenfig (see directions) about the middle of the old county of Glamorgan within easy reach of the M4 Junction 36 (Sarn Services).

Resources available at the ARC

Our resource centre holds an extensive collection of research material that is available to both members and visitors.

The library has a wide selection of books and journals to browse, covering family and social history of the local area as well as its archaeology, art and architecture. The material in the library extends to cover the rest of Wales, England, Scotland, and Ireland; with further - although more limited – books and journals from overseas. We also have a very large collection of BMD certificates, parish registers, and monumental inscriptions available for research. In addition you can buy a copy of some items for personal use at home, either as CDs, booklets, or fiche.

Download Part 1 : Research Catalogue

Download Part 2:  Library Catalogue

A number of computers are available at the ARC which allow researchers access to the internet and to FindmyPast. Computers must be booked in advance of your visit to ensure availability as we are often very busy at the centre. There is also a team of volunteers who can help both members and visitors with aspects of their research or to break down brick walls.  Again, it is necessary to book a time slot with a volunteer prior to your visit. Both computer use and volunteer help is limited to a maximum of 2 hours per visit. A charge of £1.50 per hour is made for internet use, plus 20p per page for printing.

You will be warmly welcomed if you wish to visit the centre, even if it is to just to browse and see what we have to offer. If you wish to book a computer or the help of a volunteer please phone 01656 728531 (phone only answered on Wednesdays when centre is open) or email the centre manager.
Please note that the centre is closed the last Wednesday of every month.

It may also be possible to accommodate small groups outside of opening hours. 

01656 728531

please note the phone is only answered during opening hours.

Email the ARC



The Len Evans Centre,
Off Heol Persondy,  Aberkenfig, CF32 9RF

Opening Times

Wednesday 10.30am to 1.00pm

CLOSED the last Wednesday of each month and after Bank Holidays. 


By Road
Exit the Motorway at Junction 36 and follow the signs for Maesteg and Services.
Continue to the end of the dual carriageway, at the roundabout follow B4281 (straight ahead).
Right turn to ABERKENFIG, Bridgend Road.
Right turn into Pandy Road and go past the Police Station.
Right turn into Heol Persondy.
Right turn at the end of the houses on the right, opposite the school, into a very narrow lane.
Parking spaces available at the ARC

If you are using a Sat Nav please use CF32 9RF.

By Bus
32 or 36 from Bridgend to Maesteg. Alight opposite Starr Carpets.

By Rail
Hourly service from Bridgend to Sarn.
From the station turn right, past the church and turn left under bridge into Heol Persondy.