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AMC/WAW at the Senedd, 19th February 2014

Christine Chapman, AM for the Cynon Valley and longstanding member of the Archive hosted an event at the Senedd to draw attention to the past and present work of the Archive. Many thanks to her.

Many AMs, including the Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler (another longstanding member, joined us to look at displays, and to listen to talks from Deirdre Beddoe, Catrin Steven and Rebecca Reitsis of the Heritage Lottery Fund which is supporting Voices from the Factory Floor.


  Listening to Christine Chapman AM at the Senedd.

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The first joint day school held by AMC/WAW and Llafur at the Bloomfield Centre, Narbeth on 17th May proved very successful, and attracted good numbers, including participants who were not members of either organisation.

The day’s topic was Women’s Worlds and Women’s Work, and the papers covered the full range from factory workers and domestic servants to professional women during WW1. The speakers were Deirdre Beddoe, Catrin Edwards, Katherine Holden, Rosemary Scadden and Beth Jenkins. Penny Jones introduced excerpts from her film Lavender Lady, and Martin Wright chaired the panel discussion that concluded the day.

It is hoped that joint meetings like this will become an annual event.




Martin Wright chairing the panel session. Left to right, Beth Jenkins, Rosemary Scadden, Katherine Holden, Martin, Penny Jones, Deirdre Beddoe, Jenny Sabine and Catrin Edwards.

Joint Llafur and Women’s Archive Dayschool

2014's Conference was held on the weekend of 4th and 5th October at the University of Bangor, where the Women’s Studies department was celebrating its 20th Birthday. Generous sponsorship was provided by the Widening Access Centre of the University, to whom the Archive is very grateful. As well as a full and interesting programme of papers, delegates had the chance to see some of the results o the Voices from the Factory Floor project in an exhibition which lined the back of the room.

WAW Conference at Bangor, 8th – 9th October 2016.


This, as ever, was a very successful event, with a stream of interesting papers ranging from pre-history (Venus Figurines) via early and late mediaeval Wales (Nest of Deheubarth, Gwerful Mechain), through to the mid twentieth century (Midwifery in Anglesey). Many thanks to all the speakers, especially to Prof Tony Brown and Annie Williams who both stepped in to give papers at the last minute.

There were plenty of opportunities to network, and good and efficient catering. Especial thanks are due to Shân Robinson who was the chief organiser, ably assisted by Val Wakefield.



The website for Women in World War I: the Welsh Experience, was launched at the conference. www.womenandwar.wales



Their stories are fascinating. The women talk of long hours, low wages, and difficult working conditions with few health and safety regulations, but also of communal solidarity, camaraderie, controversial rites of passage and a vibrant social life. Many of them abandoned their personal ambitions and through sacrifice they managed, in the sixties and seventies especially, to raise their families out of poverty. The voices of these extraordinary, ordinary feisty working-class women deserve to be heard and appreciated.


Published 15th February 2017 by Amberley Press

In Wales the post-Second World War period was one of gradual decline for the major, traditional, male-orientated industries of coal, steel and slate. While whole libraries have been devoted to chronicling the rise and fall of the heroic miner and quarryman in Welsh history, the story of working-class Welsh women, who laboured in our factories in Wales during the same period have been largely neglected and ignored. Voices from the Factory Floor aims to put this right and to allow the women to tell their own stories. Over 200 ‘factory girls’ were recorded in this oral-history project, which was run by Archif Menywod Cymru / Women’s Archive of Wales, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (Wales) and other sponsors.


Congratulations to Catrin Stevens!