A World Heritage Site was the setting for the July Roadshow, which was held in the
Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall, a suitably historic location. The Hall was a lovely venue
right at the heart of the community. Volunteers at the Hall were extremely helpful
– even the Hall cat took a turn with the meet and greet team.
Women’s Archive specialists were joined by the South Wales Coalfields Collection,
Blaenavon WEA and the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, who all brought along interesting
and relevant displays and information. Frances Younson from the Gwent Records office
was with us once again and the Blaenavon Townswomen’s Guild brought a display showing
40 years of the organisation’s history. They also provided teas and coffees, which
was much appreciated.
It was a particular pleasure to have Siân Rhiannon Williams with us. Siân, senior
lecturer in History Education at UWIC, gave a fascinating talk on women’s lives in
Gwent, which was very well attended and a great success.
We saw a lot of interesting items at the Roadshow, including:
A collection of photographs and memorabilia belonging to Phyllis Roberts, former
Mayor of Blaenavon who became the first woman chair of the Blaenavon Chamber of Trade
A collection of embroidered postcards from World War I.
Photographs of women members of the Soar Baptist Chapel in Bynea in the 1920s.
Photographs of women at munitions factory billet in World War II.
A certificate of recognition of devoted service presented to Mrs Florence Percy for
her fundraising work for the Red Cross in World War II
An extensive collection of material relating to Abergavenny Women for Peace was deposited
with WAW - including photographs, posters and press cuttings and an account of the
10-day protest at Caerwent US base in 1984. These items have since been deposited
at Abergavenny Museum.