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


Pontypridd Roadshow - 28 February 2009

This Roadshow, held in Pontypridd Museum, was very well attended, thanks to some very special guests and the central location. We also had very good media coverage and a lot of support from family history tutor, Julie Daniel, in the run up to the Roadshow.

We were lucky enough to have writers Catrin Collier and Elaine Morgan who both came along to speak to visitors. The deputy mayors of both Rhondda Cynon Taf and Pontypridd Town Council also attended, as did Christine Chapman AM. We were also pleased that Len “Rocky” James – brother of Channel swimmer, Jenny, came along with some of his sister’s trophy cups and press cuttings.

Our usual experts on this occasion were Professor Deirdre Beddoe, Jenny Sabine and Helen Thomas assisted by committee members and volunteers providing the technical back-up. Glamorgan Record Office dealt with deposits and offered much appreciated advice on conservation.

There were guest stands: Julie Daniel brought information on family history courses and Jane Jones was there to represent the Pontypridd branch of the Glamorgan Family History Society. Teas and coffees were provided by Pontypridd WI and Angela Brunt had a stall selling various goodies to raise funds for AMC / WAW.

Local author, Catrin Collier, gave a very enjoyable and illuminating talk on her adventures into her own family history, illustrated with slides from her collection. The talk was very well attended and the hall was filled to capacity. Catrin was introduced by the well-known author and journalist Elaine Morgan – who was also given an enthusiastic reception. Elaine has a regular column in The Western Mail, and had written a splendid piece publicising the archive and the forthcoming roadshow on 20th February, stressing the importance of women’s history and the need to preserve the evidence of it.

As ever, Archive specialists got to see an eclectic range of items, including:

There was a very lively buzz throughout the day and we saw some fascinating items. Overall, it was a very enjoyable day.

Justine Hankins, Field Officer, South and East Wales