Programme

THURSDAY 13th. SEPTEMBER 2018

AGM

followed at 8.30 by

“Ralph Hancock, Roath’s Royal Gardener and 3-times Chelsea Gold Medal Winner”.

Bob Priddle,Senior Horticultural Lecturer, shares the little-known achievements of innovative Garden Designer, Ralph Hancock – born at 20, Keppoch Street, on 2nd. July, 1893.

THURSDAY 11th. OCTOBER 2018

“The Cruel Streets Revisited”.

John Wake,retired Police Officer & Author, will discuss Cardiff’s Lawless Past, it’s Growth, it’s Characters, it’s Murders, and it’s Mean Streets – from the viewpoint of Cardiff’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens.

THURSDAY 8th. NOVEMBER 2018

“Cardiff Naturalists’ Society, 150 years of Nature and Conservation”.

Andy Kendall, Geologist and the ‘Nats’ 113th. President, will reference four venerable, past Presidents, with direct links to Roath; as he outlines the history, and achievements of this august society.                                                      http://www.cardiffnaturalists.org.uk

THURSDAY 13th. DECEMBER 2018

“Some Early Cardiff Socialists”.

Dr. Martin Wright, Lecturer in History, at Cardiff University and author of “Wales and Socialism: Political Culture and National Identity Before the Great War”; will be speaking on the socialist movement in Cardiff, in the 1890’s and it’s many colourful characters.

THURSDAY 10th. JANUARY 2019

“Death by poison: An unfortunate end to Welsh sporting legend Norman Biggs”.

Ted Richards’s talk looks at the Biggs family of “Oldwell”, Penylan.In particular Norman, who played both rugby for Wales, and cricket for Glamorgan, before entering the military.

THURSDAY 14th. FEBRUARY 2019

“The Story and History of Flat Holm Island”. 

Mr Peter Sampson, Chairman and Island Tour Guide of “The Flat Holm Society”, will speak from the perspective of the charity, dedicated to help protect the island’s wildlife and historic environment.   http://flatholmsociety.org.uk

THURSDAY 14th. MARCH 2019

“History of Merthyr”.

Huw Williams, Joint-Editor of the “Merthyr Historian” and author of “Merthyr Then and Now”,will give a presentation on the “Iron Heritage Town” of Merthyr Tydfil.

THURSDAY 11th. APRIL 2019

“Butter, Iron, Coal and All Manner of Goods – Cardiff’s life, people and trade over two centuries”.

Richard Watson’s talk traces the town’s history from 1670s -1870s: the threshold of momentous change and development, that lay the foundations of our modern city.

THURSDAY 9th. MAY 2019

“The family-owned businesses, that established Roath as Cardiff’s premier, suburban shopping area”.

Mike Collins, grandson of the founders of Collins Drapers, considers the retail development of Albany and Wellfield Road and the great changes that took place, after World War II.

Past Events

To jog our memories of some excellent past events and speakers and provide a resource to others, we have preserved copies of RFHS Past Programmes

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