Robert Minhinnick, Winner of the Brecknock Society and Museum Friends' Roland-Mathias Prize for Poetry 2019

Roland Mathias History Prize and Poetry Evening

The winner of the Roland Mathias Prize 2018 one of the pre-eminent poets in Wales, Robert Minhinnick, for Diary of the Last Man (Carcanet). At the Poetry Evening on Friday 5 October in the Muse, Robert Minhinnick’s reading of his poems was preceded by a film, produced by his son-in-law

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Buildings of Breconshire Group Visits

During 2018, two visits were arranged. On Saturday 13 October, despite widespread flooding caused by storm Callum, about 20 members had a fascinating visit to Trebarried, near Llandefalle. This is a fine mid-seventeenth-century house, but one that suffered dilapidation and depredation before the present owners, Kenny and Helen Campbell, took

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The grave of Theophilus Jones and Theophilus Evans in Llangammarch Churchyard

‘Notables of Llangammarch’: Meeting Report

On Saturday 22 September, we held a study-day together with members of the Llangammarch Wells History Society. The day started in the Alexandra Hall with a series of presentations by local society members, Gaynor Williams, Simon Lilly, and Sue Lilly, on a number of village celebrities, most notably Theophilus Jones

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Visit to Brecon Archives

In June 2018, there was a visit to the very impressive new Powys Archives in Llandrindod Wells. Members of the Brecknock Society and Museum Friends were able to see some very interesting documents including the remarkable Scrapbook belonging to the Rev. Henry Thomas Payne (the full story of the Scrapbook

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‘The Beaufort Estate in Breconshire: A Glimpse’: Meeting Report

Having had two very successful one-day conferences in 2017, held in conjunction with university research groups, 2018 saw the innovation of Brecknock Society and Museum Friends (BS&MF) study-days organised with different local history societies. The first of these was on Saturday 12 May, when the BS&MF combined with the Llangynidr

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