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Brecknock Society and Museum Friends

Cymdeithas Brycheiniog a Chyfeillion yr Amgueddfa


Charity Registration No.518041 Rhif Cofrestru Elusennol

Officers of the Society

Mr Ken Jones

Dr John N. Gibbs

Honorary Secretary
Mrs Gwyneth Evans and Mrs Elaine Starling

Dr Elizabeth Siberry

Peter Jenkins

Editor: Brycheiniog

Assistant Editor
Mr Peter Jenkins


The Society


The Society’s journal is published annually and is highly regarded throughout Wales and beyond. Members of the Society can take out a subscription. Copies are also on sale at Society events, and through various local retail outlets. Some back numbers are available from the Assistant Editor.

Please send articles for consideration and books for review to the Acting Editor, John Gibbs by email to please enable javascript to view or by post to Aberyail, Cyffredyn Lane, Llangynidr NP8 1LR

The Journal is part of the National Library’s digitalisation programme: this means that after five years back numbers will be available at ‘Welsh Journals Online’

The Society has recently conducted a review to ensure that it meets the needs of the 21st Century. The report based on this review can be found here. The report was based, in part, on the results of a consultation (details of which can be found here)

The 2015 volume contains the following articles:


Sir John Lloyd Lecture

The Sir John Lloyd Memorial Lecture has been held in early spring each year since 1998. Admission is free, but a collection is made either for Society Funds, or for a charitable purpose connected with the Lecture. In recent years Theatr Brycheiniog has been the venue for the lecture and tickets are obtainable from the Box Office. Booking is essential, since the Lecture is often a sell-out. The lecture is normally published in Brycheiniog in the following year.

1998 Dr William Jones Emigration from Breconshire to N America
1999 Professor Sir Glanmor Williams Sir John Pryse of Brecon
2000 Professor Rees Davies Brecon, Owain Glyn Dŵr and Dafydd Gam
2001 Professor Wendy Davies Mediaeval Lordship of Brecknock
2002 Professor Ralph Griffiths Bishop Morton and the Ely Tower at Brecon
2003 Professor Aled Jones Brecon at the Crossroads:Journalism
2004 Professor John Davies The Landed Families of Breconshire
2005 Professor J Gwynfor Jones John Penry – Puritan Firebrand
2006 Professor Richard Moore-Colyer On the Home Front
2007 Professor  Ian McIntyre Frances Hoggan Doctor  of Medicine, Pioneer Physician, Patriot and Philanthropist
2008 Professor Penelope Corfield Thelwall in Breconshire
2009 Dr John Vickers Dr Thomas Coke
2010 Dr L Davies The Roman Presence in Brecknockshire
2011 Professor Sioned Davies Breconshire and the Mabinogion
2012 Dr David Stephenson Conquerors. Courtiers and Careerists: The Struggle for Supremacy in in Brycheiniog 1093 1282
2013 Dr Mark Redknap Early Medieval connections: Brycheiniog in the time of the Llangorse Crannog and Viking age Britain
2014 Dr Toby Driver The History and Archaeology of Breconshire from the Air
2015 Professor Anne Curry The Battle of Agincourt and its Breconshire Connections


Schools History Project

The Schools History project was set up in 1998 through an endowment in memory of Mr Vic Jones. Children in schools throughout the area are encouraged to submit projects on local history, and many successful and valuable contributions have been made over the past 10 years.


Archive Project

We've recorded about 125 voices over 10 years, mainly local people who have a bit to say about Breconshire. Recordings are in both Welsh and English. We use a computer-friendly dictaphone to record in the first place, then transfer the recording to Computer, edit where necessary, and make a CD for storage, and another as back-up.

Progress in recent years has been quite slow, but we are attempting to convert the tapes of interviewees which we made in the early years into CDs, and are in touch with the National Library of Wales about this. The eventual aim is to have a well-stocked reminiscense room in the Museum at Brecon.


Acquisitions for the Museum

The Society often facilitates gifts to enhance the Museum's Collections or purchases items at the request of the Curator. A recent example involved covering the cost of some Treasure items: four Roman silver coins and a Roman silver pin head. All items are from Brecon Gaer.