Zephaniah Williams - Gelligaer Historical Society talk - 25th September 2019

2019-2020 ---
11.30 am Thursday September 5th
At Ystrad Mynach Library
Ystrad Mynach since 1840
Annie Owen
This short talk, an introduction to the development of Ystrad Mynach from the early nineteenth century to the eve of World War I, aims to help people set what they know about the village in context.
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6.15 for 7.00 pm Wednesday September 25th
Zephaniah Williams
Les James
The story of a Chartist campaigner, who was one of the leaders of the Newport Rising of 1839.

Gelligaer volume 26 will be launched at this meeting starting at 6.15.
Tea/Coffee and biscuits will be available.
If you don't want tea/coffee/chat the talk will commence at 7.00 pm.
7.00 pm Wednesday October 30th
Merthyr Tydfil and the Heads of the Valleys: 1830s and a Decade of Crisis
Huw Williams
7.00 pm Wednesday November 27th
Patagonia, where Welsh meet Spanish, 1865-2019
Carwyn Hughes
Migrating from Wales to Argentina
7.00 pm Wednesday December 11th
A Winter Medley - Short portraits of Decembers Past, a light-hearted quiz and raffle
Informal evening with tea/coffee and seasonal refreshments
11.00 am Wednesday January 9th 2020
A Merthyr Miscellany
11.00 am             Carolyn Jacob
Lunch break (lunch can be purchased at Llancaiach Fawr)
1.30 pm'ish         Steve Brewer

Details of talks to be announced
7.00 pm Wednesday February 26th
The Life and Times of Elaine Morgan
Daryl Leeworthy
Elaine Morgan OBE, FRSL (7 November 1920 – 12 July 2013), was a Welsh writer for television and the author of several books on evolutionary anthropology, especially the aquatic ape hypothesis. The Descent of Woman, The Aquatic Ape, The Scars of Evolution, The Descent of the Child, The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis and The Naked Darwinist (2008) discuss the reception of aquatic scenarios in academic literature. She also published Falling Apart and Pinker's List. In 2016, she was named one of "the 50 greatest Welsh men and women of all time" in a press survey.
Saturday March 21st

Annual Conference

Details to be announced

7.00 pm Wednesday March 25th
A Victorian Valleys Village School
Roger Evans
The story of the first five years of Ynysddu Board School (1877-81) in the lower Sirhowy Valley, based on the recently-discovered School Log Book.
7.00 pm Wednesday April 29th
Pontlottyn and the Irish/Welsh riot of 22nd August 1869
Dr. Stuart Bloomfield

7.00 pm Wednesday May 27th
Local Sheep-Shearing Societies
Judith Jones
Judith's family moved to Clwydtrawscae Farm near Bedlinog 180 years ago and the family, including Judith, have been shering sheep there, and at events, ever since.

6.00 pm Wednesday June 24th
followed at 7.00 pm by
The 1912 Pengam Pageant
Dic Felstead

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.

Annual General Meeting followed by a talk given by Christine Moore of the Welsh Religious Buildings Trust - Cynon Valley History Society talk - 19th September, 2019


19 September
Annual General Meeting,

followed by a talk given by Christine Moore of the Welsh Religious Buildings Trust

17 October
The Story of Island Farm P.O.W. Camp
Mike Chubb

21 November
Nineteenth century Welsh immigrants to the USA and their correspondence
Prof. Bill Jones

19 December
Chairperson’s Christmas Party
Please note the special venue for this meeting - The Cynon Valley Museum

16 January
Evan Thomas and his lamps
Brian Davies

20 February
A reading of “Childhood in Holland” written by the lecturer’s mother
Angela Powell

19 March
The Neath and Tennant Canal
Mike Jones

16 April
Alaskan Adventure (the story of the Gold Rush)
Jennifer George

21 May
The larger houses of the Cynon Valley
Geoffrey Evans

18 June
National Eisteddfodau of the Cynon Valley
Steven Graham

All meetings, apart from that on Dec. 19th, will take place in the vestry of Green Street Methodist Church, Aberdare
(opposite the main entrance to Aberdare Central Library)
and unless otherwise announced start at 7.15 p.m.

There is ample car parking at the church.

"Risky Buildings" - Merthyr Tydfil Museum & Heritage Group talk - 17th September, 2019

Merthyr Tydfil
Museum & Heritage Group
Registered Charity No. 1075558

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

Events Programme

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”

Hirwaun Historical Society talk - 16th September, 2019

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

2019 Meeting Schedule
16th September
Huw Williams (Merthyr Tydfil)

28th October
Halloween Evening

18th November
Christmas Celebrations

'Wales at the start of the Twenthieth Century' - Merthyr Tydfil Family History Society - 10th September, 2019

Merthyr Tydfil Family History Society

Tuesday 11th September, 2019 at 2:00pm

'Wales at the start of the Twenthieth Century' - Lisa Powell

Tuesday 8th October, 2019 at 2:00pm

Branch AGM &
Discussion on new records available
Wine & Welsh Cakes.

Tuesday 12th November, 2019 at 2:00pm

'The Theatres of Merthyr Tydfil' - Carl Llewellyn

Tuesday 10th December, 2019 at 2:00pm

Xmas Social

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

The Amazing Transporter Bridge - Pontypridd Historical Society talk - 4th September, 2019


The Amazing Transporter Bridge -
David Hando

Neath Abbey Ironworks -
Peter Richards

The Albion Colliery Disaster -
Alun Caffrey


Welsh Rugby and the 1905 Religious Revival -
Alun Morgan

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.