Our lecture programme is currently being delivered online via Zoom.

Thursday, 14th January 2021 at 7pm

Jennifer Phillips – Roath Rules

Henry, Charles and Davy Rule were a trio of seafaring brothers who came to live in Roath in the nineteenth century. This talk will look at their ancestral connection with a village in Pembrokeshire, family adventures at sea (including a connection to the Titanic) and what became of their descendants in Cardiff, among them a patient at Whitchurch Hospital, an eminent neurosurgeon, losses in both World Wars and a continuing family connection with Roath.

Jennifer Phillips - Roath Rules

Speaker biography:

I grew up living near the town of Chard in Somerset and went to school in Taunton.  My grandmother had come to Somerset from Merthyr Tydfil after WWII and retained a sense of pride in her Welshness, so I always had some affinity with Wales despite growing up in England.  I came to Cardiff 25 years ago to study for an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and have lived in the city ever since.

I started researching my family history around 15 years ago and found this grew into a passion/obsession. After joining some family history societies, in 2014 I became editor of the P’rr*tt Society journal (this is a family history society associated with a one-name study registered with the Guild of One Name studies where the asterisk may represent any vowel — e.g. — Perrott, Parrott, Perrett, Porritt, and so on).

As my interest continued to grow,  I decided to undertake some formal education in this area and began studying for a postgraduate certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies in 2019 — this is a distance learning course with the University of Strathclyde, so I’m English-born, living in Wales and studying at a Scottish university!  I will be speaking at THE Genealogy Show 2021 about researching family history in Wales — this was originally scheduled for the 2020 show, but will hopefully go ahead in 2021!

For me, genealogy isn’t about a list of names and dates, it’s about telling our ancestors’ stories and seeking to understand more about their lives, motivations and influences.  To do that effectively we need to understand where they lived and how they lived, so as my interest in genealogy has developed, I’ve also grown to appreciate the importance of local history, which led to me joining Roath Local History Society.

Programme outline

In panademic-free times times:

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