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.




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.



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.



Angels in the Line of Fire

In “Angels in the Line of Fire” Rosemary considers the indispensable role of women working in war zones; through the development of the nursing service. The period covered shows how Florence Nightingale’s experience, in the Crimean War, provided a cornerstone for establishing the professional and voluntary nursing services, that rapidly developed in response to World War 1.

(Note change of speaker from original programme)


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.


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