Road shows

The Senedd, Cardiff Bay  29th January 2008

Llanelli  – 22nd February

Monmouth – 6th March

Dolgellau – 18th March

Swansea Waterfront Museum – 19th April

Newport – 16th May

Caernarvon – 28th June

Blaenavon – 24th July

Haverfordwest – 13th September

Aberystwyth – 11th October

Llandrindod Wells – 1st November

Carmarthen – 29th November

Mold – 9th January 2009

Pontypridd – 28th February

Wrexham – 28th March

Llangefni – 25th April

Merthyr Tydfil – 16th June



The Record Office on Victoria Dock in Caernarfon, the compact but busy county town situated on the North West coast of Wales, was the venue for the second of the North Wales Roadshows on 28 June.  Victoria Dock is the part of the town which is at present being developed with its new restaurants, housing and entertainment venue. The Roadshow provided a drop-in experience between 11 am and 3pm, and attracted over 40 people from the locality, and from as far as Pwllheli on the Llŷn Peninsula and Llanuwchllyn in Meirionnydd.

Our experts were gratified by the range and historical significance of the items that were brought before them, and also by the number of items deposited as part of the WAW collection at the Record Office and Museum.   Some of the highlights include:

A line-up of some of the Roadshow workers - Luned Meredith, Sue Hamill, Deirdre Beddoe, Annie Williams, Jenny Sabine, Rhiannon Gomer, Lindy Moore

Our specialists from WAW were Professor Deirdre Beddoe and Catrin Stevens, both experienced and knowledgeable historians, ably assisted by our technical partners Culturenet Cymru, and the archival and technical staff of the Record Office, including the Conservator and his assistant.  Annie Williams, historian and expert on women and the peace movement gave our other specialists a welcome break.  

As organiser, I was pleased to be given the support and backing of three volunteers from amongst the WAW membership – Luned Meredith, Trish Reid and Lindy Moore. They helped with meeting and greeting, and plying our guests with tea and conversation while waiting their turn.  Jenny Sabine, the WAW museums specialist was assisted by Esther Roberts from the Museum at Bangor in examining and referencing items other than documentation for deposit.  Sue Hamill gave me invaluable help in keeping things moving smoothly.

Caernarfon sometimes likes to style itself Royal Caernarfon, and we indeed had a royal flush when the Women’s History Roadshow hit the town.   

Account Book of Eryl Haf Tomos, 1951

'North Wales Peacemaker's Pilgrimage' by WILPF membership in 1926

Rhiannon Gomer

North and West Wales Field Worker