Thursday 12th. DECEMBER, 2019

King of all Balloons

Mark Davies, an Oxford local historian discusses his biography of James Sadler (1753-1828), an Oxford pastry cook who in 1784, became the first Englishman to fly.  In 1810, Sadler was also the first to fly across Welsh soil, as he crossed (but landed in), the Bristol Channel.


Thursday 9th. JANUARY, 2020

Tracing and restoring a family war memorial

R.L.H.S. Member Jeremy Sparkes unravels a family history trail concerning his great uncle, 2nd Lt Vivian Llewellyn, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  A working-class lad from Cathays, killed in action just days before the Armistice.  Six months later, a costly marble memorial tablet was erected to his memory. How was it afforded and what happened to it?


 Thursday 13th. FEBRUARY, 2020

The Incredible Life of Dr William Price

Dean Powell tells the story of Dr Price, one of the most flamboyant and eccentric characters in Welsh history.  Chartist, surgeon, heretic, archdruid and pioneer of cremation.  An original thinker he created an embryonic national health service, masterminded the first Museum of Welsh Life, launched Wales’s first cooperative society and was exiled to France as a political activist – all this and more!


Thursday 12th. MARCH, 2020

The Raising of the Cardiff City Battalion

Gwyn Prescott, author, First World War and rugby historian, discusses the methods adopted and the personalities involved in the campaign to raise a City of Cardiff battalion of the Welsh Regiment, during the winter of 1914/15.  The talk concludes with a brief summary of the battalion’s experience at the Battle of Mametz Wood, July 1916.


 9th. APRIL, 2020

The Herbert Family

Barry J. Davies, eminent historian, genealogist and R.L.H.S. honorary life member, will give a talk focusing on the powerful and illustrious Herbert family, particularly its longstanding and fundamental impact on south-east Wales and Cardiff.  The family’s Welsh and Cornish ancestry will be emphasised.


Thursday 14th. MAY, 2020

Cardiff’s Edwardian Parks

Rosie James, Landscape Architect / Strategy & Development Manager  will give a talk illustrated with contemporary images, showing how Cardiff Parks Service developed at the start of the C20th – WWI.  The talk also considers how the idea, of parks as places for public enjoyment and recreation evolved.


Programme outline

A series of lectures by prominent speakers are held on the second Thursday of the month, from September to May.  These are held at   the Church Hall of St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Pen-y-Lan Road, Roath, Cardiff. CF24 7PB (at the junction of Wellfield Road)   Free parking is available in the Penylan Library car park diagonally opposite the church.

The evening begins at 7.45pm with complimentary refreshments and a chance to socialise.  At 8 o’clock, the meeting is called to order, for Announcements and the Introduction of the Speaker.

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  RLHS Past Programme