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 last Saturday in November saw the Women’s History Roadshow in Carmarthen at St Peter’s Civic Hall with an exciting array of new and local specialists; Conway Davies from Trinity College and Ann Dorsett from Carmarthen Museum, adding their expertise to the event.

The Roadshow was run with the support of Carmarthenshire County Council and Carmarthen Town Council. The large Hall was awash with a variety of interesting displays for attendees to see, including, The Soroptomists, Carmarthen Museum, Library and Archive Service, Carmarthen Federation of the WI, Trinity College, Carol Byrne Jones’ excellent Allen Raine Exhibition and Joyce Mollett’s poster boards about celebrated women in Llanelli. All the exhibits added greatly to the feeling of celebration that the day offered. The opening was handled by a triumvirate of successful Carmarthenshire women, Elin Cullen from the local authority who in 2006 won a Leading Wales Award, the eminent poet, Menna Elfyn and her singer/songwriter/academician daughter Fflur Dafydd. It was salient to be reminded from Menna and Fflur that women present their histories in many ways.  Menna, in her opening remarks really endorsed the work of WAW and showed her support by making a very welcomed deposit to WAW.  As part of her opening welcome she read a poem, Handkerchief Kiss from her latest anthology, Perfect Blemish. Fflur performed two of her own compositions one of which she wrote during her period as Artist in Residence at Bardsey Island.

This form of opening was a departure from what we have previously experienced and, as the organiser, I felt the variety was most-welcomed and gave the event a very positive and uplifting atmosphere. Menna and Fflur’s  support is very much appreciated.

We were very fortunate to have the Curator of Carmarthen Museum, Ann Dorsett, who gave a very well received talk entitled, Leaving Traces, The History of Women in Carmarthenshire. As ever, as the person overseeing this event I did not have the time to listen to Ann but I do know that those who did go along found it well-researched and very interesting.

Apart from those mentioned above, other specialists included WAW’s own Jenny Sabine, Avril Rolph and Helen Thomas with Terry Wells for Carmarthen Archive Service handled deposits. Pamela Small from the National Library once again did an admirable job giving advice on the best way to preserve documents at home. Culturenet Cymru provided technical support in their usual professional and efficient manner.  Paulette Pelosi and Annest Wiliam provided an excellent greeting service ensuring that each new arrival filled in the forms correctly and knew ‘what to do next’. In cases where attendees needed to wait to see specialist the WAW DVD was running in the tea and coffee area and refreshments were efficiently offered by members of Merched Y Wawr.

Gail Allen and Cheryl Law performed a grand job in staffing the HONNO bookstall and, as ever, Angela’s Christmas Stall proved to be a great success.

The specialists saw a range of interesting items with 5 deposits being made including, a somewhat timely photograph, dated 1950s, of staff outside the now –closed branch of Woolworth’s in Vaughan Street, Llanelli. Also deposited were 4 account books, dated 1958-1982, relating to Pen-y-back Farm in Llanddowror kept by Margaret Phillips who moved to Red Roses on her marriage at the age of 30 to become a farmer’s wife.

Other highlights amongst the material brought by members of the public include:

Collection of nursing memorabilia-relating to Stella Treharne’s work as a midwife including; Gladstone Bag from 1900, kit for home births, breast pump, steriliser with burner, weighing bag, capsule kit that could be carried in a handbag and a pelvimieter.

Greenham memorabilia relating to Helen Thomas who was killed during an accident at Greenham Peace camp 1989 including, a mourning book for Helen also poems by Helen Thomas and pamphlet “How to resist the military”.

Photos and donors book at the Official Opening of Greenhill House, Greenhill Close, Penlan Road, Carmarthen, 1955. Greenhill Housing Association formed by Soroptomists to offer a home for women who needed help with housing. House was funded by donations as per donors book.

Collection of photos presented by Elin Cullen relating to her grandmother, Jennie Jones (nee Gower) including photo of her working as housemaid to a Doctor in New Road, Llanelli. Also a Will dated 1833 of Sarah Jones, 4x Great Grandmother of Elin Cullen’s husband.  A Deed of Admnistration, dated 22nd Feb.1788 granting administration of an estate ‘greater than £20’ to Catherine James in the Parish of Penybryn.

Stella Treharne and a few pieces from her midwifery collection.

Carmarthen  Deputy Town Mayor, Ken Lloyd, chats to WAW’s Gail Allen and Cheryl Law.

Sue Hamill.

Project Development Worker

All photographs re-printed by kind permission of Paulette Pelosi.