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

Wrexham

Wrexham Roadshow - 28 March 2009

This Wrexham roadshow took place in Wrexham Museum, and although we didn’t have as many visitors as at some of the others, it was a very pleasant occasion. It was a pleasure to work with staff at the Wrexham Museum and Archives.

The Museum is in the town centre so it was easy for most people to access, and the A.N. Palmer Centre for Local Studies and Archives is in the same building, so people with an interest in local and family history will already be familiar with the venue.  It was nice to hold the Roadshow among the museum exhibits and we also had use of a small space upstairs for the talk.

Deirdre Beddoe and Jenny Sabine were our specialists on this occasion, assisted by Stef and Sue. Gail was also on hand to help as well as WAW members. Esther Williams of Wrexham Archives was available for acquisitions and advice. Pamela Small, conservator with the National Library of Wales, also joined us.

Stalls were provided by Local Studies Librarian, Joy Thomas, who brought along information and Wrexham Merched y Wawr also brought along a display.

There were two talks at the Roadshow. The first was given by Professor Cynthia Burek of Chester University, who gave an illustrated talk on the role of women in geology in Wales. Then Wrexham Museum’s Dawn Adams got into costume to give a presentation about Marjorie Cottle – a local biker and adventurer. Both talks went down very well and sparked a lot of conversation.

Items seen: Although numbers were fairly small, we did see some interesting items; with education and nursing proving to be strong themes.

The items included:

A lady’s leather motorcycle helmet

Photographs of female students at Bangor College

A photograph of a woman in an early car

A photograph of a second world war nurse with medals

Among the publicity, BBC North East were very helpful and gave the Roadshow good publicity, including a nice piece on their website. Wrexham Today took photographs of Dawn Adams in costume and gave the Roadshow a good write-up in the week before the event.

Justine Hankins, Field Worker, South and East Wales