My Family Tree & Researching Scottish Ancestors - Merthyr Tydfil Family History Society - 11th December, 2018

Merthyr Tydfil Family History Society

Tuesday 11 December, 2018 2:00pm

My Family Tree & Researching Scottish Ancestors - Daryl Leeworthy, WEA Lecturer

Location Canolfan Soar, Pontmorlais, CF47 8UB (Welsh Centre)  

Voices - Womens' lives in the Valleys - 1900 -1914 - Pontypridd Historical Society talk - 5th December, 2018


5th December, 2018
Voices - Womens' lives in the Valleys - 1900 -1914
David Maddox

Talks are held on the first Wednesday of the month, excluding August at 7:30pm in the Lower Room at the Pontypridd Museum next to the Old Bridge in Pontypridd.

​Our talks are open to all and last around an hour and are followed by a lively question and answer session when everyone is encouraged to contribute in order to debate the topic further.

Membership is open to all with the membership annual
fee of £15 being payable at the January meeting.
Guest visitors are always welcome to attend for a fee of £2 per talk.

The Rise and Fall of Council Housing in Twentieth-Century Merthyr - Merthyr Tydfil Historical Society talk - 3rd December, 2018

Merthyr Tydfil Historical Society

Registered Charity No. 509392


Meetings held at
Canolfan Soar
Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8UB
At 7pm.

Lecture Programme

Monday 3rd December, 2018
The Rise and Fall of Council Housing in Twentieth-Century Merthyr
Daryl Leeworthy

The Huts near Rhiw Sir Dafydd, Oakdale- Gelligaer Historical Society talk - 28th November, 2018

7.00 pm Wednesday November 28th
The Huts near Rhiw Sir Dafydd, Oakdale
Lyn Pask
The story of the huts which stood near Rhiw Sir Dafydd, Oakdale, in the nineteenth century.
7.00 pm Wednesday December 12th
William Davies, chartist of Blackwood
David Mills
As well as the talk David will be launching his book on William Davies.
11.00 am Wednesday January 30th
Boxing's Phar Lap (Billy Thomas of Deri)
Roy Smith
After Lunch (1.30 pm) Wednesday January 30th
Looking around Wales, Life as a tour guide
Audrey Griffiths
lunch can be purchased at Llancaiach Fawr, You can attend either of both the talks. 
7.00 pm Wednesday February 27th
Why is this cell bigger than the others?
Dr Elin Jones

Saturday March 23rd

10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Four talks (speakers to be decided
7.00 pm Wednesday March 27th
Merthyr Tydfil in the nineteenth century
Joe England

7.00 pm Wednesday April 24th
Zephania Williams
Les James

7.00 pm Wednesday May 29th
Pantywaun, a lost community
Annie Owen

7.00 pm Wednesday June 26th
followed by
Dramatis Personae in the Story of Llewelyn Bren - Their fortunes and fate


Dr Stuart Broomfield


From September thru June the Society meets on the last Wednesday of the month to hear a talk.

The talks are at Llancaiach Fawr starting at 7.00 pm (unless otherwise stated).

Everyone is welcome, but we do ask for a voluntary contribution of £2 to cover the cost of the venue.

Launch of Volume 29 of Merthyr Historian - 26th November, 2018

will be launched 

Redhouse Cymru (Old Town Hall)


26th November, 2018

at 1.30pm

The contents of this volume are:-

An Editorial Statement

1918-2018:  Peace, War and Womanhood
  1. 1918 and Women’s Suffrage: Glimpses of The Merthyr Tydfil Region on the Road to the Vote - by Christine Trevett
  2. The Bereaved Mothers of Wales: Minnie James and the Temple of Peace and Health, Cardiff - by Peter Garwood
  3. ‘To Respect the Remembrance of her Children’: World War I Memorial at Tabernacl Welsh Independent Chapel, Perrott Street, Treharris by Eirlys Emery
  4. Finding Private Francis: A Piece of Glamorgan Family History by Mary Owen
  5. Sudden Death of Mr Henry Richard, M.P. (Transcription) by Steve Brewer
  1. Libanus Chapel, Quakers Yard and the Birth of the Local Independent Cause) `
  2. Dora Lipsett 1892-1982: From Russia’s Domain to Dowlais, Transcription and Postscript by Carl Llewellyn
  3. A Quaker Girlhood in Merthyr (1891-1913) and What She Didn’t Say by Christine Trevett
  4. The Troedyrhiw Gleemen by Carl Llewellyn
  5. Chinese Comedy at Merthyr 1906 and 1926, and the Kinds of People Who Performed by J.D., T.F. And V.A. Holley
  6. The Rise and Fall of Council Housing in Twentieth-Century Merthyr Tydfil by Daryl Leeworthy
  7. Farm Studies in Merthyr Tudful (With Particular Reference to Pen Y Lan) by John Griffiths
  8. Ars Gratia Artis: Popular Culture and the Making of Modern Merthyr Tydfil: Part Two by Huw Williams
Biographies of Contributors

The Peterloo Massacre - Dic Penderyn Society talk - 21st November, 2018

Programme 2018

All meetings in Soar, Welsh Centre at 1.30pm

All are welcome to attend talks, non-Members £2

For further detail contact - 
Viv Pugh - 01685 377883
or Brian Thomas - 01685 359741

21st November, 2018

The Peterloo Massacre

Jeff Childs

"An Insider's View of Government - Wales & Westminster" - Merthyr Tydfil Museum & Heritage Group talk - 20th November, 2018

Merthyr Tydfil
Museum & Heritage Group
Registered Charity No. 1075558

Events Programme
Meetings held at
Cyfarthfa Castle
Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8RE
At 7pm

Tuesday 20th November, 2018
"An Insider's View of Government - Wales & Westminster"
Sir Paul Silk
Tuesday 4th December, 2018
“Annual Christmas Social Event”

Events Programme

Tuesday 19th February, 2019
"Between a rock and a hard place - widening the A465 Brynmawr to Abergavenny"
Jeff Mapps - Costains
Tuesday 19th March, 2019
AGM followed by
"A world of mystery - the story of the Dowlais girl who became a world-famous scientist"
Chris Parry
Tuesday April 16th, 2019
“Jews in Merthyr”
Chris Clifford

Tuesday 17th September, 2019
"Risky Buildings"
Richard Kean
Tuesday 15th October, 2019
"Growing up in Aberfan"
Huw Lewis
Tuesday 19th November, 2019
"Merthyr, a poetic journey"
Mike Jenkins
Tuesday 3rd December, 2019
“Annual Christmas Social Event”

War and Peace, 1918-2018 - Adult Learning Wales, Merthyr Tydfil Branch - 6th November to 11th December, 2018

Adult Learning Wales
Merthyr Tydfil Branch

Christmas Term 2018

War and Peace, 1918-2018

6th November
People's Remembrancer - Elaine Morgan

13th November
Conscientious Objector - Harry Morris

20th November
Suffragette - Mary Keating-Hill

27th November
Merthyr's Lost MP - James Winstone

4th December
The International Brigades Come Home

11th December
Christmas in the Valleys

Canolfan Soar, Merthyr Tydfil

£4 per session

All welcome

Christmas Special - Hirwaun Historical Society - 19th November, 2018

November 19th Christmas Special

All meetings will take place in the Vestry of Hirwaun Catholic Church and commence at 7pm.

Labour Country by Daryl Leeworthy - Book Launch - 17th November, 2018

Labour Country Book Launch
Saturday 17 November 2018, 
Treharris Room, 
The Redhouse

Merthyr Tydfil

Since the end of WWI, one party has held the momentum of political and social change in South Wales: the Labour Party. Its triumph was never fully guaranteed. It came quickly amidst a torrent of ideas, actions, and war. But the result was a vibrant, effective and long-lasting democracy. The result was Labour Country.
In this bold, controversial book, Daryl Leeworthy takes a fresh and provocative look at the struggle through radical political action for social democracy in Wales. The reasons for Labour’s triumph, he argues, lay in radical pragmatism and an ability to harness lofty ideals with meaningful practicality. This was a place of dreamers as well as doers. The world of Arthur Horner and Aneurin Bevan.
And yet, as the author shows, this history is now over. Although a trajectory leads from the end of the Miners’ Strike both to the advent of devolution and the circumstances that led to the Brexit vote in 2016, these are exits from Labour Country, not a continuation. Sustained by a powerful synthesis of scholarship and original research, passionate and committed, this book brings the cubist epic of South Wales and its politics to life.


Daryl Leeworthy is a social and cultural historian of modern Wales. He was educated in Pontypridd and at the University of Oxford where he studied history and politics. He gained his doctorate from Swansea University in 2011 and published his first book, Fields of Play: The Sporting Heritage of Wales to coincide with the Olympic Games in 2012. He has taught in universities in Canada, the North of England, and Wales, and is currently a tutor in adult education in Merthyr Tydfil.

Join us for the launch of Labour Country by Daryl Leeworthy. The author will be in conversation with Professor Dai Smith.

Light refreshments will be provided.