The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion

Recognising the contribution of Wales in contemporary society

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Wales and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau

Rhys Jones, BA , PhD

Dydd Sul 5 Mehefin, 2011

The Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) Service1 was formed at the outbreak of the Second World War as a means of providing advice and information to the citizens of Britain’s cities, which would enable them to deal with the large- scale disruption associated with war. Since this period, it has...

The Future of Welsh Devolution

Emyr Jones Parry

Dydd Gwener 3 Mehefin, 2011

It is a particular pleasure to address a joint meeting of the Montgomeryshire Society and the Cymmrodorion – organizations with proud histories – on this memorial occasion. I used to note in the Times records of meetings, frankly never expecting to be asked to speak myself. I intend to...

On-Screen Embodiment of the Welsh Mam

Gwenno Ffrancon

Dydd Iau 2 Mehefin, 2011

1Deirdre Beddoe, doyenne of women’s history in Wales, argued during the 1980s that Welsh women have been, and continue to be, culturally invisible.2 Over the years, Wales has, in general, projected a masculine image to the world via its patriarchal interpretation of history, literature, drama and films. However, as...

Huw T Edwards a Datganoli 1945–1964

Gwyn Jenkins

Dydd Iau 2 Mehefin, 2011

O dderbyn gwireb Ron Davies mai proses nid digwyddiad yw datganoli (‘devolution is a process, not an event’), yna adeg o arbrofi a thafoli opsiynau oedd y cyfnod o ddiwedd yr Ail Ryfel Byd hyd at sefydlu’r Swyddfa Gymreig yng Nghaerdydd, gydag Ysgrifennydd Gwladol yn ben arni, yn 1964....

Lloyd George at Eighty

J. Graham Jones

Dydd Iau 2 Mehefin, 2011

David Lloyd George celebrated his eightieth birthday at his home at Bron-y-de, Churt, Surrey on 17 January 1943. It was an especially tense, potentially explosive occasion for the notoriously feud-racked Lloyd George family. It is a most useful and insightful vantage point from which to view, firstly, inter-relationships within...

Alfred Thomas and Wales in Parliament, 1885-1910

Gerard Charmley

Dydd Iau 2 Mehefin, 2011

Alfred Thomas (1840–1927) is a curiously neglected figure in the history of late nineteenth century Wales. This is in spite of the fact that he left voluminous personal papers (most of which are now housed in the Glamorgan Record Office), and was a regular correspondent of a number of...

Manawydan uab Llŷr

Byron Huws

Dydd Iau 2 Mehefin, 2011

As they were sitting there they heard a tumultuous noise, and with the intensity of the noise there fell a blanket of mist so that they could not see each other. And after the mist, everywhere became bright. When they looked to where they had once seen the flocks...

Wales at Work: Retrospect and Prospect

John Williams, MA

Dydd Mercher 1 Mehefin, 2011

In this year of grace 1901 Wales is one of the brightest and most truly civilized spots in the Queen’s dominions…. With the black mineral pouring into the lap of Cardiff, Newport, Swansea and Llanelli, where the argosies of the nations await its arrival to con- vey it to...

Walter Meredith, C. 1558-1607: Scrivener of Radnorshire and London

Hilary Yewlett

Dydd Gwener 6 Mai, 2011

In asserting that the early modern Welsh diaspora is ‘a huge and fascinating subject’, Professor Sir Glanmor Williams noted in particular that ‘the outflux of men and women of humbler origin is more significant in terms of numbers involved than the most dazzling...

The Welshness of William Emrys Williams

Malcolm Ballin

Dydd Mercher 4 Mai, 2011

William Emrys Williams (1896–1977), the writer, educator, arts administrator and publisher, was a human powerhouse in the field of cultural transmission. Notions of Welshness reverberated in the epicentre of British cultural life in the middle of the twentieth century; Williams emphasized his links with Wales, and others who knew...