The society has no meetings in July/August
11.30 am Thursday September 5th
At Ystrad Mynach Library
This short talk, an introduction to the development of Ystrad Mynach from the early nineteenth century to the eve of World War I, aims to help people set what they know about the village in context.
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6.15 for 7.00 pm Wednesday September 25th
The story of a Chartist campaigner, who was one of the leaders of the Newport Rising of 1839.
Gelligaer volume 26 will be launched at this meeting starting at 6.15.
Tea/Coffee and biscuits will be available.
If you don't want tea/coffee/chat the talk will commence at 7.00 pm.
7.00 pm Wednesday October 30th
Merthyr Tydfil and the Heads of the Valleys: 1830s and a Decade of Crisis
7.00 pm Wednesday November 27th
Patagonia, where Welsh meet Spanish, 1865-2019
Migrating from Wales to Argentina
7.00 pm Wednesday December 11th
A Winter Medley - Short portraits of Decembers Past, a light-hearted quiz and raffle
Informal evening with tea/coffee and seasonal refreshments
11.00 am Wednesday January 9th 2020
A Merthyr Miscellany
11.00 am Carolyn Jacob
Lunch break (lunch can be purchased at Llancaiach Fawr)
Details of talks to be announced
7.00 pm Wednesday February 26th
The Life and Times of Elaine Morgan
Elaine Morgan OBE, FRSL (7 November 1920 – 12 July 2013), was a Welsh writer for television and the author of several books on evolutionary anthropology, especially the aquatic ape hypothesis. The Descent of Woman, The Aquatic Ape, The Scars of Evolution, The Descent of the Child, The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis and The Naked Darwinist (2008) discuss the reception of aquatic scenarios in academic literature. She also published Falling Apart and Pinker's List. In 2016, she was named one of "the 50 greatest Welsh men and women of all time" in a press survey.
Saturday March 21st
Details to be announced
7.00 pm Wednesday March 25th
A Victorian Valleys Village School
The story of the first five years of Ynysddu Board School (1877-81) in the lower Sirhowy Valley, based on the recently-discovered School Log Book.
7.00 pm Wednesday April 29th
Pontlottyn and the Irish/Welsh riot of 22nd August 1869
Dr. Stuart Bloomfield
7.00 pm Wednesday May 27th
GELLIGAER PARISH LECTURE
Local Sheep-Shearing Societies
Judith's family moved to Clwydtrawscae Farm near Bedlinog 180 years ago and the family, including Judith, have been shering sheep there, and at events, ever since.
6.00 pm Wednesday June 24th
followed at 7.00 pm by
The 1912 Pengam Pageant