Annual Local History Book Fair / Ffair Flynyddol Llyfrau Hanes Lleol

Sat 28th Oct

Annual Local History Book Fair / Ffair Flynyddol Llyfrau Hanes Lleol




History Day, Saturday 23rd September

It went well ! Attendance in the morning was excellent, dipped a little just after lunch, but revived splendidly at the end. Sales of both the Swansea History Journal (Minerva) and of Helen Hallesy's fine new book on commemorative pottery were very good. Thankfully Elizabeth Belcham had her camera at the ready and if you go to the website's Gallery section  you will see:

Mark Lodwick of the National Museum in the midst of a fascinating presentation on recent finds in this area. Swansea Bay has yielded a mass of material from all eras and Mark spoke with great enthusiasm and in a very accessible way.

Helen Hallesy, who has given long service on the R.I. Council and is an acknowledged expert on local ceramics. Her excellent pictures and marvellous memory guided us through depictions of Nelson and Napoleon, Wellington, Wesley and many others on Swansea pots.

John Law, Colin James and John Ashley of the Historical Association's Swansea Branch, joint sponsors of the day with the R.I.. John chaired the interesting lunchtime debate on History and Nostalgia, with interesting contributions from Jean Silvan Evans, Paulette Pelosi, Mark Lodwick and others – please excuse the lack of names. John went on to preside most with his normal aplomb over the afternoon sessions in the National Waterfront where -

Teresa Hillier of Swansea University gave us an insight into the Longfields project, a charity to help children with cerebral palsy which began as early as 1952 – she promises to write this up for the History Journal.

Ian Smith, one of the Waterfront's curators, who spoke with all his normal liveliness and humour on Community museums, involving both schools and older people's groups – he described several examples, not only in Swansea but ranging as far as Llanybydder in Carmarthenshire and Hook on the Cleddau in Pembrokeshire.

Gerald Gabb whose “Swansea & the Sea” gave some time to the docks built here from 1852 onwards, but emphasized that, through most of its story, Swansea was a river port.

     There is a picture of the R.I. Social Committee whose hard work made possible the excellent refreshments, and of Karmen Thomas and Grace Gabb, two of a team who gave their time to make things work. But we unfortunately have no photo of the museum front of house staff whose moving of tables and chairs, and whose helpfulness throughout, was crucial. We are very grateful.

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