About Brecknock Society and Museum Friends
Since it was founded in 1928, the Brecknock Society has been studying and promoting the history and culture of the historic county of Brecknock. It gives particular support to the Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery, and, as Museum Friends, seeks to assist its operation and development.
The Society arranges lectures, meetings, exhibitions, and other events, to which all are welcome. The most notable of these events is the annual Sir John Lloyd Memorial Lecture, one of the most significant lectures of its kind in Wales. In recent years, speakers have included: Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, speaking on justice in Breconshire over the centuries; the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, speaking on the work of local seventeenth-century poet, Henry Vaughan; Mr Richard Suggett from the Royal Commission, speaking on the vernacular buildings of Breconshire; and Professor Anne Curry, speaking on the battle of Agincourt and its Breconshire connections.
The Society supports the Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery by purchasing historical artefacts for display, raising funds for the Museum, and working on its behalf. The Museum, housed in the former Shire Hall and part of the y Gaer hub, has recently been refurbished and new facilities have been added. It reopened in December 2019.
The most regular publication of the Society is its journal, Brycheiniog, which is published annually in March. It reflects the activities of the Society and seeks to stimulate a wider understanding of the history, archaeology, literature, and arts of the former county of Brecknock.
With the current pandemic restrictions, it is not possible to hold the normal April memorial event at Llansantffraed Church. In honour of the 400th anniversary of
Glyn Mathias OBE
John Gibbs OBE
Elizabeth Siberry OBE