A series of lectures by prominent speakers are held on the second Wednesday of the month, from September to May starting at 7.30pm (access from 7.00pm).  These are held at St Edward’s Church, Westville Road, Pen-y-lan, Cardiff. CF23 5DE (at the junction of Blenheim Road).

Those attending meetings are asked to ensure that they comply with the R.L.H.S. Covid Protocols at all times. 



Wednesday, Sept 8th

  • Annual General Meeting followed by a viewing of the DVD – Cardiff: Capital City of Wales  The story of how Cardiff grew from a Roman Fort guarding the bridge over the River Taff, to the Capital City of Wales.

Wednesday, Oct 13th 

  • Roath Street Names – Ted Richards. The history of the origin of some of the street names in the parish of Roath. 
  • followed by a reading from Forbidden Love by Julie Griffin Pritchard

Wednesday, Nov 10th

  • Cardiff’s Edwardian Parks – Rosie James. How parks for public enjoyment evolved.

Wednesday, Dec 8th

  • Cardiff Rugby Fans 1999-2019 – John Briggs, Freelance Photographer.  Capturing the street carnival of Match Days.



Wednesday, Jan 12th

  • The Lost Houses of Cardiff  – Matthew Williams. Considers the boom in ‘gentleman’ houses’, long since demolished.

Wednesday, Feb 9th 

  • The Herbert Family – Barry Davies. Evaluates the lasting impact of the dynasty on S.E. Wales.

Wednesday, Mar 9th

  • Pengam Airport – Mario Greening. The very early days of aviation in Cardiff.

Wednesday, Apr 13th

  • Ruperra Castle – Pat Jones-Jenkins.  1626, Sir Thomas Morgan of Machen builds an
    unique ‘pageant castle’

Wednesday. May 11th

  • Peterloo Massacre – Jeff Childs. Four years after Waterloo, the cavalry charged
    Manchester civilians.

In June and July each year the Society embarks on a series of visits to historic places in Cardiff and surrounding areas.

Past Events

To jog our memories of some excellent past events and speakers and provide a resource to others, we have preserved copies of  R.L.H.S. Past Programme