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


Tŷ Siamas, Dolgellau, 18th March 2008

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!