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The Wales Media Crisis – Can the Welsh newspaper industry survive

Martin Shipton

Tuesday 8 May, 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.

Lloyd George at Paris, 1938

J. Graham Jones

Monday 12 March, 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...

The Counterfactual Case for Sir George Cornewall Lewis

Richard Shannon

Monday 12 March, 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...

Devolution and Broadcasting

Geraint Talfan Davies

Monday 12 March, 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 Machinery of Justice in a Changing Wales

David Lloyd Jones

Sunday 5 June, 2011

In recent years, immense changes have taken place in the machinery of government in Wales as a part of the process of devolution. Public attention has concentrated principally on the executive and legislative powers which have been transferred to new Welsh institutions under the Government of Wales Act 1998...

Lloyd George and Land Reform: The Welsh Context

Ian Packer, MA , DPhil, FRHistS

Sunday 5 June, 2011

David Lloyd George was undoubtedly the outstanding Welsh political figure of the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century.1 Among the multifarious themes that intersected with his career, one of the most long-lasting was his devotion to land reform and to attacking the role of...

The Future of Welsh Devolution

Emyr Jones Parry

Friday 3 June, 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...

Huw T Edwards a Datganoli 1945–1964

Gwyn Jenkins

Thursday 2 June, 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

Thursday 2 June, 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

Thursday 2 June, 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...