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
Justine Hankins, Field Worker, South and East Wales