Officers of the Society
Mr Ken Jones
Dr John N. Gibbs
Mrs Gwyneth Evans and Mrs Elaine Starling
Dr Elizabeth Siberry
Mr Peter Jenkins
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.
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’ http://welshjournals.llgc.org.uk/.
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:
- Crickhowell Cricket Club: a social history of the first hundred years
- Richard Livsey, Lord Livsey of Talgarth (1935-2010), and the politics of Brecon and Radnor
- The fifteenth Century poet Hywel Dafi and his connection with Breconshire
- Brecknock Union Workhouse: a census-based profile of inmates 1841-1911
- A Crickhowell Crusader: the case of the missing hands.
- The Talgarth British School and the development of a system of education.
- Belgian Refugees in Ystradgynlais in the Great War
- “In Praise of Hywel ap Goronwy” – an inauguration poem for a king of Brycheiniog?
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.
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.