The Society

Alec Kier

Alec Kier

Roath Local History Society was founded in 1978, by the late Alec Keir and a group of enthusiastic local historians.

Our main unit of study was the ancient parish of Roath and the researching and recording of its history. Today, the object of the Society is to promote, encourage and maintain an active interest in, and research into, the local history on any area or subject, but with particular reference to the Ecclesiastical Parish of Roath.


The officers of the Society are:

  • Chairman:  Ted Richards
  • Vice Chairman:  Jeff Childs
  • Honorary Secretary:  Elizabeth Morgan
  • Programme and Events Organiser:  Alan Knight
  • Treasurer:  Peter Jones
  • Research Convenor:  Malcolm Ranson.
  • Committee Members:  Peter Gillard, Martin Sheldon, Gareth Brown, Graeme Brown, Carol Ball.


The main functions of the R.L.H.S. are:

Winter Lecture Programme

A series of lectures by prominent speakers, on the second Thursday of the month, from September to May (see Programme)

Summer Field Trips

A series of outside visits to places of interest in and around our area once a week in June and into July.

Research and Investigations

Members conduct research into specific aspects of our local history, that personally interest them; with the help and support of a Members Forum, convened by Malcolm Ranson.


Members and visitors are invited to join in these activities, covering a wide range of topics on aspects of local history.

Why not bring a friend?


Constitution and Policies:

R.L.H.S. Constitution

R.L.H.S. Privacy Policy

R.L.H.S. Safeguarding Policy


Merthyr Tydfil Huw Williams June 2019 website

A Society trip to Merthyr Tydfil where historian Huw Williams gave us an informative and entertaining talk on the History of Merthyr


Ted Richards looking intently at the 3-D scale replica of the Medieval Newport Ship

Malcolm Ranson, Research Convenor and Elizabeth Morgan, Honorary Secretary, with R.L.H.S. Exhibition at Insole Court Heritage Day.

The Grade 1 Listed Adelina Patti Theatre, Craig y Nos Castle, where R.L.H.S. celebrated it’s 40th. Anniversary with a History Tour and Luncheon.

December Meeting with Festive 40th. Feast


Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon. R.L.H.S. Members waiting to be taken to the coal face.


The Gallery of the Senedd


The Senedd Chamber