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Sunday, 30. April 2017


 We aim to bring local history to life through a programme of talks, presentations and occasional activities. See below for details of past and forthcoming events.




Maps and Mapping at the Royal Commission: Putting the Past in its Place: a talk by Tom Pert

RCAHMW colour oblique photograph of Cefncarnedd Iron Age hillfort. Taken by Toby Driver on 11/12/2007. (© Copyright Reserved)

We were very grateful to Tom for standing at quite short notice on 16th March 2017, to give this talk in place of the previously advertised event. Tom has worked for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RC) since 2002, initially as GIS and Archaeological Mapping Officer, more recently as Online Development Manager. He leads on Innovation for the Welsh Government's People's Collection Wales programme, and has been at the forefront in the development and application of new services that encourage the general public's use and enhancement of historic data, including the use of crowd-sourcing, location and proximity based services.

Since its establishment in 1908, the RC has been recording archaeological and historic sites and monuments. The role of the Commission both as a public archive of maps, and as a map producing body supplying map depictions of archaeological sites to the Ordnance Survey (OS), is unique to Wales. Read more....

Jeremy Pryce: A Brief History of Llandinam

It was a full house in the Girls’ Parlour on15th September, 2016 for Jerry’s photographs illustrating the social history of the village. Based in part on his family history, starting with his grandfather Jack Pryce and his family and their move from Berriew to Llandinam where there was a blacksmith vacancy, in 1908. Jack Pryce took over the Smithy from Evan Humphreys. The wonderful photographs brought those earlier generations to life. Further sets of photos covered the extraordinary range of trades, businesses and other activities that thrived in and around the village in the early years of the last century. At least one member of the audience spotted her very much younger self in one of the images! To visit Jerry's own web pages click here.

My life down the pit, by Terry Dury

Former miner Terry Dury’s fascinating talk on 19th May 2016 on the coalmining industry of South Wales was a very personal account of life down the pit in his grandfather’s time and of his own experiences at the coalface in the 1960s and 1970s, mostly at the Ferndale Colliery. Read more......

Llandinam in Crisis, 1197 by Dr David Stephenson

Rhys ap Gruffydd (Wikipedia)

There was a good turnout for Dr David Stephenson's fascinating talk on the turmoil in 12th century Arwystli, a tiny kingdom in the much larger realm of Powys. Arwystli included the village of Llandinam.  Read more....

The History of Newtown and other Mid Wales towns

John Thomas Collection at the National Library

19th November 2015

David Hall, Chair of the Powysland Club, gave a fascinating description of the development of Mid Wales towns from pre-Roman times to the present day to a knowledgeable and attentive audience in the Girls' Parlour in the Village Hall on the 19th November. Beginning with an overview of the different patterns of development in the small towns of Mid Wales...   Read more....       

'Down in Aberhafesp' by Brian Poole

Photo: Royal Air Force

The crash of Halifax bomber DG358 onto farmland at Glascoed, between Bwlch-y-Ffridd and Aberhafesp, on Sunday, 23rd January 1944, was the subject of Brian Poole's fascinating talk at the Village Hall on 17th September. This aircraft was one of eight, five Halifax and three Lancasters, which crashed in mid Wales during the period 1942-44, while on training flights. Read more....

Murray the Hump - the story of Llewelyn Morris Humphreys

Photograph from Wikipedia

28th May 2015

It was good to welcome some new faces in the audience for Rod Evans' fascinating and entertaining account of Llewelyn Morris Humphreys' mid Wales background and his life of crime in the United States. Rod's own interest in his subject stemmed from a chance find of a second hand copy of a biography of Humphreys in a charity shop, which led to him to research him more widely. Read more....

Heritage in the Information Age

iBeacon - image by Jonathan Nalder

26th March 2015

In his talk 'Heritage in the Information Age', Tom Pert, of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales, gave his audience an insight into how modern technology is benefiting the work of the RC, local history groups and individuals, and enhancing the interpretation of our heritage for a wider public. Read more......



Medieval Mystery

November 2014
Dr David Stephenson had his audience transfixed throughout his fascinating lecture  ‘Llandinam and the Medieval Welsh Chronicles’ on 27th November, in the Girls’ Parlour. He based the talk on his research into this period of of our history, and his listeners found themselves in the grip of a medieval mystery story.  Read more



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18th May

Our next talk will be given by Doug Hurd on the topic of 'John Mills and Co, Railway Foundry (Llanidloes)'. Come and learn more about our industrial history on Thursday 18th May, at 7.30pm in the Girls' Parlour, Village Hall, Llandinam. Doors open at 7pm. There is a charge of £2 which includes light refreshments. There will be a raffle. Everyone welcome.

Anglo-Zulu War enquiry

Back in November, the Local History Group email inbox received an enquiry relating to the 1879 battle of Isandlwana, the massacre immediately preceding the better known Defence of Rorke’s Drift, in the Anglo-Zulu War. Over 600 men from the Brecon based 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot were lost on the 22nd January in what was the first major encounter of the six month long campaign. Many of the men came from Wales, and the enquirer was keen to trace memorials to those killed in action which might be in churches, chapels and cemeteries across the Principality. Read more......

Coffee Morning

Many thanks to everyone who supported us on the 12th November. The funds raised will keep us going for another year!

Visit to Ludlow 6th October 2016

We had an excellent day out to Ludlow on 6th October. The group of 13 travelled by Celtic Travel minibus to the town, arriving in time for a quick restorative coffee before meeting Ludlow Historical Society’s Roger Furniss who led a guided tour of the town centre. Read more....

The Llandinam Magazine June 1902

Issue 6 of The Llandinam Magazine is now available. Click here to read the complete edition.

National Eisteddfod Exhibition 2015 panels

The David Davies information panels created for the National Eisteddfod 2015 can now be viewed here.

More about the project can be found here.

The Llandinam Magazine June 1901

The Llandinam Magazine, issue 3, June 1901,  is now available in a digitised version on this website. Newtown Library hold printed copies of issues 3, 6, 7 and 9, and made this issue available for digitisation.  Click here to see Issue 3, The Llandinam Magazine on the website, or click on the image above right for a version in pdf format.