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 Roadshow at Llangefni, Anglesey took place in the lovely venue of Oriel Yns Mon, and was well attended, after a slightly slow start, with over 50 visitors, in addition to a fine complement of volunteers and specialists.  It brought in a number of deposits on the day, and one since then from a person who had been unable to attend.  Archive Committee Member Catrin Stevens introduced Nia Powell from the Welsh History Department at Bangor University, who did an extremely good job of opening the Show officially, reflecting as she did on the main principles on which the project is based. 

Annie Williams, Head of Coleg Harlech WEA presented an extremely well-received talk on ‘Finding the sources in the writing of women’s history’ based on her research into the history of Anglesey women in the Oriel’s History Gallery.  This was well-attended, and evolved into a discussion with a frank exchange of viewpoints.

As well as the Archive’s own display “Setting the Record Straight”, there was also a display by Llinos Lanini, the photographer, of some of her images of older women at work.  

Specialists, Volunteers and WAW personnel

The specialists on this occasion were Catrin Stevens and Jenny Sabine from AMC / WAW together with Anne Venables, Principal Archivist at Angelsey Record Office and Nia Powell. Elfed ap Gomer,   Sue Hamill, and Avril Rolph provided the technical backup. 
Conservator Hayden Burns from Anglesey Record Office offered advice to visitors, and Ian Jones from the Oriel provided his skills as photographer. 
We were fortunate in having a number of archive members present as volunteers who were extremely helpful  in registering all those who attended, helping them to complete their consent forms, and generally making the show run smoothly.  Luned Meredith and Elin Ifan ran the registration table, with assistance from Susan Bradley;  Dr Dinah Evans presided in the History Gallery and looked after the speaker, Annie Williams. Gail Allen, as one of the most experienced helpers at these Roadshows, was well-placed to help out whenever she was needed.

Among the collections deposited were:

There was a wide range of material brought along for us to to see, and discuss with the specialists. Scans or photographs were made of a selection of these.

Rhiannon Gomer, Field Worker, North and West Wales