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.

Tuesday, Mar 29th

  • 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.

Wednesday, June 1st

Note: This is an online lecture only, not at St Edward’s.

In June and July each year the Society embarks on a series of visits to historic places in Cardiff and surrounding areas.  Our 2002 programme is a follows: 

Wednesday, 8th June, 2022 @ 2 o’clock (half-day – make your own way):  St. Edeyrn’s Church, Llanedeyrn and its Historic Setting

Wednesday, 15th June, 2022 @ 9.30 and 13.15 (half-day – mini-buses available). Tour of Nantgarw China Works Museum

Wednesday, 22nd June, 2022 @ 11.00 o’clock & 2 o’clock (half-day – make your own way).  The Llandaff Walk – a guided tour of the medieval city, within a city

Wednesday, 29th June, 2022 @ 9.30 (full-day – mini-buses available). Bristol Zoo Gardens

Wednesday, 6th July, 2022 @ 2.30 (half-day – make your own way). Barry: Town to Island – from prehistoric times to the present day a leisurely 4.5 mile guided ramble over 4 hours with R.L.H.S. Chairman, Gareth Brown

Wednesday, 13th July, 2022 @ 9.30 (full-day – mini-buses available). Hereford and its Cathedral

It is essential you book your place for each and every event.  BOOKINGS CLOSE with the end of our Lecture Season, on Wednesday, 11th May.

This year, because of number constraints, Members have priority for places. The exception to this being our two BIG DAYS OUT; when Members are welcome to make their own way to the destination, bringing with them non-members, friends, family or children. If this is your intention, in order to benefit from our group rates, you will still be required to book and pay for places and enter the attraction/s on the day, as part of the group.

Further information on the visits, prices and how to book and pay please click here.

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