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
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:
Diary of a wartime WAAF
Memoirs (Atogofion) of Gwyneth Mary Thomas (1917-2003)of being brought up in an agricultural
community (together with an English translation). Also as background, a copy of the
obituary note of Gwyneth Mary Thomas, and a copy of her funeral programme.
A pair of women’s Land Army breeches, tie and badge.
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