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

Merthyr Tydfil

Dewi Bowen showing some documents to Deirdre Beddoe and Helen Thomas, while Steffan Walker records his story.

(Photo Paulette Pelosi)

Merthyr Roadshow – 13th June 2009

After travelling the length and breadth of Wales since the launch of the Roadshow project on 29th January 2008, the final Roadshow took place in Merthyr’s Cyfarthfa Castle Museum. Our “Setting the Record Straight” exhibition was on display at Dowlais library during the month before the Roadshow. The Merthyr branch of the Glamorgan Family History Society dedicated their May meeting to “celebrating women in Merthyr Tydfil”, which was very well attended and gave everyone a chance to look at the display of some the items that the Archive has acquired thanks to the Roadshow project.

There was glorious sunshine on the day of our very last Roadshow and the room we had at Cyfarthfa Castle was the grandest setting to date. Carolyn Jacob from Merthyr Libraries had done a very good job of gathering up items from people who were unable to attend and brought us postcards of colliery girls, photographs of women working at the pithead and a copy of The Suffragette newspaper, dating from 1913.

For the last time, Deirdre Beddoe, Catrin Stevens and Jenny Sabine put on their ‘specialists’ hats, and Steffan Walker, Rhiannon Gomer and Avril Rolph once again provided technical assistance. As well as Sue Hamill and committee members Gail and Helen, we also had assistance from WAW members Margaret, Stephanie and Paulette. Glamorgan Record Office were present to deal with deposits, and offer advice on conserving precious items.

Dewi Bowen, who had been an art tutor when Cyfarthfa Castle was still a grammar school, visited us in his former staff room and shared stories with Deirdre Beddoe about life in old Merthyr. He also donated a collection relating to his mother, Elizabeth, who had been a nurse in the World War I.

The Merthyr branch of Glamorgan Family History Society was represented by Carolyn Jacob, and family history tutor, Julie Daniel brought along information about accessing newly available census records. Roseanne Reeves once again brought the Honno book stall.

And then it was all over. During the Roadshow project we’ve heard so many fascinating stories about women’s lives in Wales; some of the mimpressive, some intriguing, some inspiring, some sad and some hilarious. All of them a valuable record of the past that should  be kept alive for the future.

Justine Hankins, Field Officer, South & East Wales