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Hwyl and Hiraeth: Richard Burton and Wales


Dydd Gwener 29 Tachwedd, 2013

Richard Burton (born Richard Jenkins, Pontrhydyfen, Glamorgan, 1925; died Celigny, Switzerland, 1984) is one of the most famous Welshmen of the twentieth century, whose global renown (or notoreity, depending on your point of view) is perhaps only exceeded by that of the equally colourful Dylan Thomas. Following on the...

How Welsh was Mrs Piozzi?

Dai Morgan Evans

Dydd Mawrth 19 Tachwedd, 2013

The Wye Tour and its Artists

Julian Mitchell

Dydd Mawrth 22 Hydref, 2013

The Wit and Wisdom of Two William Jonses

Prof Michael Franklin

Dydd Mawrth 14 Mai, 2013

Profits in their own Country

Professor Richard Griffiths

Dydd Llun 21 Ionawr, 2013

Until recently, almost everything written about the society created by the Welsh coal boom has focused on the workers and the unions. This talk will attempt to redress the balance a little, by examining the nature of the middle-class society created by the entrepreneurs – not only the coalowners,...

Origins, values and benefits of four cultural projects in Wales

William Wilkins

Dydd Gwener 16 Tachwedd, 2012

Hynt a Hanes Llawysgrif Gyfreithiol

Dr Sara Elin Roberts

Dydd Iau 5 Gorffennaf, 2012

The paper will look at the history of one particular manuscript of medieval Welsh law, or Cyfraith Hywel: Peniarth 259B. Following an introduction to medieval Welsh law and manuscript production, the discussion will turn to an interesting note found in the manuscript which appears to link it with Pontefract....

The Wales Media Crisis – Can the Welsh newspaper industry survive

Martin Shipton

Dydd Mawrth 8 Mai, 2012

Listen to an MP3 edition of a lecture by Martin Shipton (Chief Reporter of the Western Mail) given to the Society on 8 May 2012 at the Medical Society of London.

The Golden Treasurer: F. T. Palgrave

Prys Morgan

Dydd Llun 12 Mawrth, 2012

I first became acquainted with the name of Palgrave in 1950, when my brother Rhodri and I were invited ( with our parents) to be the only guests at the ninetieth birthday party of the Revd Howell Elvet Lewis ‘ Elfed’, at his home in Penarth, near Cardiff. Elfed’s...

The First Welsh Missionary among the Khasis

D. Ben Rees

Dydd Llun 12 Mawrth, 2012

India has been part of the psyche of the Welsh since the eighteenth century. Since the days of the hymn writer William Williams Pantycelyn we have been singing of ‘the large India’, and this in the 1830s proved an inevitable call to young men in Liverpool and Wales who...

Lloyd George at Paris, 1938

J. Graham Jones

Dydd Llun 12 Mawrth, 2012

In September 1936, Lloyd George paid two visits, which were soon to become infamous, to the German Chancellor Adolf Hitler at his mountain retreat at Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps. Before the end of the same year, and indeed into January 1937, he spent an extended vacation at Jamaica...

Crime, the Welsh and the Old Bailey

Tegid Rhys Williams

Dydd Llun 12 Mawrth, 2012

On 6 April 1752, between the hours of one and two in the morning, George Basset, with his accomplice, George Hall, broke into and entered the dwelling house of Samuel Sumpshon and stole forty-six handkerchiefs to the value of seven pounds. Both were found guilty of burglary and sentenced...

The Counterfactual Case for Sir George Cornewall Lewis

Richard Shannon

Dydd Llun 12 Mawrth, 2012

After many decades of neglect and obscurity, even in his home county of Radnorshire, it appears that the name of the late George Cornewall Lewis is beginning to emerge into the light of a wider public awareness.1 For many a decade it might well have been wondered how many...

Alfred Zimmern’s Brave New World

Kenneth O. Morgan

Dydd Llun 12 Mawrth, 2012

  ‘The tents have been struck and the great caravan of humanity is once more on the move.’ ‘We are making the world safe for democracy.’ Thus General Smuts and President Woodrow Wilson on the new post-war outlook in 1919.1 There was an apocalyptic mood, symbolised by the creation...

Devolution and Broadcasting

Geraint Talfan Davies

Dydd Llun 12 Mawrth, 2012

I am deeply grateful to the Cymmrodorion for this opportunity to address the Honourable Society for the second time in less than a decade, and this time for an opportunity to do so in Cardiff. I am equally delighted that the Institute of Welsh Affairs has been able to...

The Authorship of Drych Cydwybod [?1616]

Geraint Evans

Dydd Llun 12 Mawrth, 2012

In 2009, in the Transactions, I described the discovery, in the Mazarine Library in Paris, of a unique copy of an early seventeenth-century Welsh book called Drych Cydwybod (A Mirror of Conscience). The book is anonymous and undated and all that could be discovered from the book itself was...