Following the Monmouth Roadshow in early March, we pointed our cars north and headed
off for our first truly Sioe ar Daith in Tŷ Siamas, Dolgellau during March. Again
a good number, over forty, came along and brought us a range of different items to
see. Amongst my favourites were the photos of Elen Thomas about her time at Greenham.
These photos are very domestic and show a ‘homely’ side to the camp. We also saw
fascinating photos and school reports from Dr Williams’ School, Dolgellau for boarding
and day girls. We were able to record very vivid audio descriptions of what it was
like to attend this fee-paying school on a scholarship, from a social and class perspective.
We were furnished with a copy of the detailed list of clothing which had to be purchased
to attend the school – all strictly to be bought from Messs. Daniel Neal and Sons
Ltd of Kensington. One visitor told us how, despite her father having died, her
mother insisted on having school reports and correspondence addressed to them both
– out of decency !
We were also shown a series of advertisements from the period immediately following
the close of the Second World War, and it’s clear that self-medication was prevalent
before the establishment of the NHS, for everything from depression to constipation,
and that women’s nerves were often blamed for such conditions
Another, more macabre, item was a dentist’s bill where a farmer had paid to have
his new wife’s teeth extracted so that he wouldn’t have to pay for future maintenance!