About us

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.

Our Constitution is available here.

Latest news

Museum reopening announced

Powys County Council reopened the Museum and Art Gallery at y Gaer on Glamorgan Street, Brecon to visitors on Friday 31 July.  It is currently

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Who's who

  • Glyn Mathias OBE

  • John Gibbs OBE

  • Gwyneth Evans

  • Elaine Starling

  • Elizabeth Siberry OBE

  • Nick Jones

  • Mike Williams

The Brecknock Society and Museum Friends/Cymdeithas a Chyfeillion yr Amgueddfa. Reg Charity No 518041