Michael Blackmore

michael blackmoreRegrettably Michael Blackmore died earlier in 2015.

A talented artist and keen historian, Michael was much in demand as an illustrator of historic scenes, producing work for the likes of Blaenavon World Heritage Site, Brecon Beacons National Park, British Waterways, Canal & River Trust and best-selling author Alexander Cordell. His detailed studies bring to life forgotten locations that were once bustling centres of activity during the Industrial Revolution.

Born in Abergavenny, Michael was a self-taught artist, honing his skills first as an apprentice lithographer with a local printing firm, then as part of the map production unit in The School of Royal Military Survey during his national service. He had a lifelong love of steam trains, which often appear in his work, together with a passion for industrial archaeology which led him to specialise in recreating scenes from the past.

He teamed up with several writers to publish numerous books some of which are illustrated opposite.



llanfoist wharf
Llanfoist Wharf

Publications included:

  • Portraits of the Past - Industrial Heritage of Old Monmouthshire by Chris Barber and Michael Blackmore
  • Eastern Valley : The Story of Torfaen by Chris Barber and Michael Blackmore
  • The Clydach Gorge Industrial Archaelogical Trails by John Van Laun and Michael Blackmore
  • 200 years of the Monmouthshire and Brecknock and Abergavenny Canals - an illustrated history by Alasdair Kirkpatrick and Michael Blackmore.