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.
THURSDAY 13th. DECEMBER 2018
Some Early Cardiff Socialists
Dr. Martin Wright, Lecturer in History, at Cardiff University and author of “Wales and Socialism: Political Culture and National Identity Before the Great War”; will be speaking on the socialist movement in Cardiff, in the 1890’s and it’s many colourful characters.
THURSDAY 10th. JANUARY 2019
Death by poison: An unfortunate end to Welsh sporting legend Norman Biggs
Ted Richards’s talk looks at the Biggs family of “Oldwell”, Penylan, in particular Norman, who played both rugby for Wales, and cricket for Glamorgan, before entering the military.
THURSDAY 14th. FEBRUARY 2019
The Story and History of Flat Holm Island
Mr Peter Sampson, Chairman and Island Tour Guide of The Flat Holm Society, will speak from the perspective of the charity, dedicated to help protect the island’s wildlife and historic environment. http://flatholmsociety.org.uk
THURSDAY 14th. MARCH 2019
History of Merthyr
Huw Williams, Joint-Editor of the Merthyr Historian and author of Merthyr Then and Now, will give a presentation on the Iron Heritage Town of Merthyr Tydfil.
THURSDAY 11th. APRIL 2019
Butter, Iron, Coal and All Manner of Goods – Cardiff’s life, people and trade over two centuries.
Richard Watson’s talk traces the town’s history from 1670s -1870s: the threshold of momentous change and development, that lay the foundations of our modern city.
THURSDAY 9th. MAY 2019
The family-owned businesses, that established Roath as Cardiff’s premier, suburban shopping area.
Mike Collins, grandson of the founders of Collins Drapers, considers the retail development of Albany and Wellfield Road and the great changes that took place, after World War II.
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