Activities

  • John Osmond Book Launch

    Members of Plaid Cymru History Society are invited to the conference launch of the newly published novel ‘Ten Million Stars Are Burning’ in Plaid Cymru’s Spring Conference in the Pavilion, Llangollen at 4:45pm Friday 23 March 2018.

    The book is the first of a trilogy by the well-known writer and commentator John Osmond. It traces the big changes in Wales between the two devolution referenda of 1979 and 1997, through the eyes of two fictional characters – and a host of real-life players! John will be in conversation with the Chair of the Society, Dafydd Williams.

     

    11/03/2018
  • Wales and the Easter Rising – Conference Lecture

    Plaid Cymru History Society, 4pm Friday 21 October 2016

    Plaid Cymru Conference Llangollen Pavillion

    Wales and the Easter Rising – Jack White’s 1916 Mission

    Lecture by Syd Morgan

    In this Easter Rising centenary year, Wales has focussed on Frongoch concentration camp. However, there’s a second connection between the two nations. This shines light on how Labour reacted to the Rising, one which fixed the narrative of the Welsh Nationalist Party on both Ireland and Labour for decades. In April 1916, Jack White came on a fortnight’s mission to Jack WhiteGlamorgan to save James Connolly from execution. He failed; Connolly was shot the morning White was arrested. This presentation examines White’s cri de cœur: “Connolly was shot by a British firing squad and socialism was murdered in Ireland with the connivance and negative assistance of British Left-Wing socialists”.

    03/10/2016
  • Plaid Cymru Timeline

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    20/11/2015
  • Exhibition

    An Exhibiton at the 2015 Conference was prepared by the National Library of Wales and Plaid Cymru History Society to mark 90 years since the Blaid was established.

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    The Welsh Political Archive

    The Welsh Political Archive is a dedicated programme in the National Library of Wales to collect, store, catalogue and promote the use of archives that reflect the political life of Wales. Many of the political archives are personal collections of well-known political figures as well as the formal records of the political parties, campaign groups, referendum campaigns, business groups and labour movements.

    Plaid Cymru History

    The material in this exhibition is taken from the following collections in the National Library of Wales

    • Plaid Cymru Archive
    • The Welsh Political Archive
    • Geoff Charles Photograph Collection
    26/10/2015
  • Into The Fray – Scotland 2014

    Into The Fray

    by Alan Jobbins.

    2014m09Alan Jobbins YesPlaid History secretary Alan Jobbins travelled with Owen John and Sian Thomas to Scotland to help the Yes campaign in Scotland’s independence referendum. Here is his story.

    Landing at Glasgow I wondered what was in store for Owen & Sian and myself. Glasgow being almost solid Labour land, what hope could there be for a ‘Yes’ vote?

    We were quickly into the fray. Canvassing, leafleting houses and streets, singing and chanting with flash mobs – plus knocking up and polling booth duty. A particular memory was canvassing in a deprived area where voter after vote said ‘Yes’.

    The ‘Yes’ Campaign was marvellous, well-organised, hard working – and even feeding us.

    Late night St. Georges Square was inspirational with flags, bands, speeches and cheering. Even the shouting of a group of Loyalists waving Union flags only added to our good mood.

    The result in Glasgow was for us – and another Referendum is inevitable. But when? Aided by the antics of Cameron and the other Unionist parties, before long.

    Photo: Alan Jobbins in Glasgow – backing the Yes campaign

    15/03/2015
  • Were you in Scotland?

    2014 Leanne Alban Scores if not hundreds of Plaid members made their way north to help Yes Scotland in their fight for independence. Were you one of them? If so do you have a story we could publish on the Plaid History website (www.hanesplaidcymru.org)? We would welcome a note telling us where you went, any anecdote and a photo if possible. Please send to Dafydd Williams (daitenby@gmail.com).

    05/10/2014
  • History of Plaid Cymru – John Davies

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    John Davies Lecture
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    “Plaid Cymru : The Last 50 Years”
    Aneurin Sports Bar
    Penyrheol
    26 June 2014
    7.30
    Admission £10 (including food)
    Tickets from   Huw Jackson huwjackson@msn.com 02920  864979
    (All proceeds to Plaid Cymru Caerffili Election Funds)

    17/06/2014
  • Penarth meeting led to formation of Plaid Cymru

    A special event was held to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the first meeting of The Welsh Movement, the group which led to the formation of Plaid Cymru.

    The historic, secret meeting was held in Bedwas   Place in Penarth on January 7, 1924, and led by the lecturer and dramatist, Saunders Lewis, who lived in Penarth for many years.

    At this month’s event, guest speaker Professor Richard Wyn Jones spoke of the importance of the meetings held by the group and how they led to links with Nationalists in north Wales and the official formation of Plaid Cymru the following year.

    He explained how policies drawn up by the group became the policies of Plaid Cymru in its early years.

    As well as Saunders Lewis, the first historic meeting was attended by the historian, Ambrose Bebb, and the owners of the house in which it was held, the historian and Welsh scholar, G. J. Williams, and his wife, Elizabeth.

    This month’s event, organised by the Plaid Cymru History Society and the Penarth Branch of Plaid Cymru, was attended by about a hundred people, including a television crew.

    A packed room at the Windsor Arms heard Penarth Branch Chairman Adrian Roper welcome Prof Jones, party members and ...

    08/01/2014
  • Women in Plaid Exhibition

    In the Annual Conference the History Society had prepared an exhibition of Women in Plaid Cymru – The Early Years
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    12/12/2013
  • Myth Busting in Conference

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    09/11/2013

  • Annual Pilgrimage to Gwynfor Memorial

    Join us this year on Saturday 14 September 2013.

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    Gather at car park of Ysgol Tregib, Llandeilo, SA19 6TB at 4.00pm.

    Proceed to memorial. Brief Presentation.

    Then at 7.00pm.

    Evening of entertainment with ‘Jac y Do’ and buffet at the Mountain Gate, Rhydaman.

    Only £15 with all profit to Gwynfor Memorial Fund.

    Pre booking needed for evening.

    sethomas@sirgar.gov.uk

    01269 842151

    17/08/2013
  • 2013 Meetings

     

    National Eisteddfod  Denbigh & District 2013

       Lewis Valentine

    Arwel Vittle

    Monday , 3.30pm , 5th August, Pabell y Cymdeithasau2 / Societies Tent 2

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    Plaid Cymru Conference 11th / 12th October , Aberystwyth

    More details

    Meeting , Friday , 4.30pm , 11th October 

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    Your ideas  for further developing  our society are always welcome, Also, as are your suggestions for the lectures or trip for the session at the Summer School & the October  Conference    .

    Aberystwyth.

    17/02/2013
  • Plaid Cymru CDs

    Plaid Cymru – CDs

    1960- 1973

    Cynhadledd P.C. Conference

    Theatr Brycheiniog 14-15 Medi / Sept. 2012

    The CDs will be on sale for £5.00 at the Association of Councillors Stand.

    Also at the Society’s meeting, 15 September, Saturday, 4.30pm

    CDs can can also be  ordered by post for £5 from

    Plaid History  , 47, Wingfield Rd, Caerdydd CF14 1NJ. Cheque  payable to Plaid History Society

    12/09/2012
  • Voices of the Women in Plaid Cymru

    The Plaid Cymru History Society is keen to hear the voices of the women of Plaid Cymru. Do you have any stories, photos or archive you’d like to share with us? Get in touch! We’re now on Facebook under ‘Hanes Plaid Cymru History’ or you can email me direct on history@hanesplaidcymru.org

    16/05/2012
  • Commemorating J E Jones

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    During the annual conference in Llandudno in September 2011, the Plaid Cymru History Society organised a meeting to commemorate the life of JE Jones, who served as party General Secretary between 1930 and 1962.  The address by the Chair of the society and one of his successors in the post, Dafydd Williams is now available in the Publications secyion of this website.

    28/10/2011
  • Two Nations’ Struggle Recalled

    This year’s successful Plaid Cymru Summer School at Glanllyn near Bala, Meirionnydd in July 2011 marked two significant events in the history of both Wales and Ireland.2011 Frongoch

    A visit led by local Gwynedd County Councillor Elwyn Edwards viewed the Tryweryn Valley reservoir and the village of Fron-goch – the site of a camp built to house 1,800 Irish internees following the 1916 Easter Rising.

    The Irish prisoners, including Republican leaders Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith, were held at Fron-goch for six months during which the camp gained the title of the University of Revolution, with prisoners taking part in clandestine instruction in guerrilla tactics as well as classes in both the Irish and Welsh languages.  The scene is commemorated by a roadside plaque in Irish, Welsh and English unveiled in 2002.

    Summer School students also visited the dam and memorial chapel of the nearby Tryweryn reservoir whose construction destroyed the Welsh-speaking community of Capel Celyn despite strenuous opposition in Wales.  Councillor Edwards, who was brought up in the area, recalled how local people had fought the drowning, for which the City of Liverpool made a half-hearted apology in recent ...

    29/07/2011
  • Start of the Society

    2011 Deffro

    28/01/2011
  • DJ and Noëlle: Shaping the Blaid

    The Plaid Cymru History Society is pleased to publish an extended version of the 2017 Spring Conference lecture delivered on Friday 3 March by D. Hywel Davies.

    Entitled ‘DJ and Noëlle: Shaping the Blaid’, the lecture examines the role of Dr DJ Davies and Dr Noëlle Davies, who both exerted a strong influence on the development of Plaid Cymru.

    Hywel Davies graduated in International Politics at University College, Aberystwyth and was a Research Student at University College, Cardiff. He is a former editor of the Merthyr Express and was also a television journalist and producer/director with HTV/ITV Wales and Nant Films. His book ‘The Welsh Nationalist Party, 1925-1945: A Call to Nationhood’ remains a classic text on the foundation and early decades of Plaid Cymru.

     

    ‘DJ and Noëlle: Shaping the Blaid’ – by Hywel Davies. A lecture to the Plaid Cymru History Society – Newport, Gwent, March 3, 2017

    When I was 21, not so long ago, only some 51 years, I took a degree in International Politics at Aberystwyth. That’s what I wanted to do. I had already been a member of Plaid Cymru for several years – signed up by J E Jones ...

    14/04/2017
  • Saunders Lewis, Plaid Cymru and Europe

    It is time for Saunders Lewis, as one of the greatest leaders of Wales’ national movement, to receive the recognition he is due, according to another former president of Plaid Cymru, Dafydd Wigley.

    The Plaid Cymru History Society is pleased to publish in its entirety the major lecture delivered by Dafydd Wigley under the title ‘Saunders Lewis, Plaid Cymru and Europe’.  The lecture, which took place in Penarth on Thursday, 19 November 2015 followed the unveiling of a blue plaque on the house in Westbourne Road where he spent a third of his life.

    Dafydd Wigley discusses Saunders Lewis’ vision of the rightful place of Wales in Europe; and examines his social philosophy – especially his call to distribute ownership of natural resources among the people so that neither the state, nor an individual nor a group of individuals, can oppress the families of the country economically.  How on earth therefore can anyone claim that Saunders Lewis belongs to the extreme right wing?

    The contents of the lecture are based on an earlier version delivered to Canolfan Hanes Uwch Gwyrfai, and we are grateful to members of the centre for their kind cooperation in publishing this extended version.  It is intended to publish ...

    11/01/2016
  • Saunders Lewis remembered

    Blue plaque for Saunders Lewis’ home

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    A plaque is being unveiled next week at the house where Saunders Lewis lived in Penarth to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.

    The event is being arranged by the local Plaid Cymru branch and the Plaid Cymru History Society, with the support of the current house owner, who has lived there since Mr Lewis died and who has preserved some of the furniture in his old study.

    The commemorative blue plaque will be unveiled by Dafydd Wigley at a ceremony at the house in Westbourne Road on Thursday afternoon, November 19.  Lord Wigley, a former MP and Assembly Member who was a bearer at Mr Lewis’ funeral, will also give a lecture on Mr Lewis’ life and legacy in the evening at Evenlode Primary School, Penarth.

    Mr Lewis was present at the meeting in Bedwas Place, Penarth, in 1924 which led to the formation of Plaid Cymru the following year.  He was a founder member of the party and its president.  As well as being a political activist, he is generally recognised as one of Wales’ leading literary figures of the ...

    05/11/2015
  • Scottish Referendwm

    Among the many people from Wales who travelled north to help the campaign for Scottish independence were Gwerfyl Hughes Jones, Llanuwchllyn and Mari Evans and Dafydd Williams from Swansea.  This is an unofficial record of their referendum week.

    Monday 15 September 2014

    ‘Pob lwc’ – all the best was the encouraging farewell as we left Bala for Scotland a few days before the independence referendum, the first time for a century for one of the Celtic nations to challenge the might of the British state.

    We had heard that Dumfries and the border areas were lukewarm, so crossing the Scots border gave a boost.  There were at least as many Yes as No posters along the road, and it seemed that the temperature increased the further north we travelled towards the small town of Balerno on the outskirts of Edinburgh, the home of our friend Morag Dunbar, who is well acquainted with Wales.

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    Tuesday 16 September

    We reported for duty at the office of Gordon MacDonald, SNP member of the Scottish parliament.  This was the Yes Scotland headquarters for the Edinburgh Pentlands constituency.  The organisation was truly impressive, with plenty of work ready ...

    19/03/2015
  • Photographer presents pictures from the 1960’s

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    1964 Meirion yn Diolch i Gwynfor

    The photographer Tudur Owen, from Croesor, has presented a series of pictures dating back to 1964 to the Plaid Cymru History Society.  Among the photographs are the Adoption Meeting of Elystan Morgan as a candidate in 1964, celebrations in the Plaid Cymru conference in 1966 following Gwynfor Evans’ by-election breakthrough, the Rhondda West and Caerffili campaigns of 1967 and 1968 and Dafydd Wigley’s campaign in Meirionnydd in 1970.

    Plaid History Chair Dafydd Williams said, “This collection is a substantial addition to the archive and its great to see all the activity and buzz of the 1960s era brought to life in these photos.

    “It’s interesting to see the presence of Winnie Ewing and a contingent of friends from the SNP in these images, in several memorable campaigns – a sure sign of the ties between our two national movements over the years.

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  • DJ Williams

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    CELEBRATING A GREAT CARMARTHENSHIRE HERO

    The achievements of one of Wales’ best loved twentieth century writers will be celebrated during the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli.

    A memorial lecture will mark the life of D.J. Williams (1885-1970), one of Carmarthenshire’s most famous literary figures and a staunch nationalist who was brought up in Penrhiw, Llansawel.
    At the age of 16 he left his childhood home for the mining valleys, working underground before becoming a teacher and carving out a distinguished career as an author.

    ‘D.J.’ was a dedicated nationalist and one of those who founded Plaid Cymru in 1925. Together with Saunders Lewis and Lewis Valentine, he helped in the celebrated burning of the bombing school at Penyberth, for which he was sentenced to a gaol sentence in Wormwood Scrubs.

    During ...

    22/07/2014
  • RADIO FREE WALES

    Listen to Phillip Lloyd talking about about Plaid Cymru’s illegal broadcasts in the ‘50s & ‘60’s on John Hardy’s S4C programme , ‘Cadw Cwmni’ . The interview will be also be broadcast on Saturday 25th January at 2.00 pm with on screen sub titles

    The Fascist Party in Wales? Plaid Cymru, Welsh Nationalism and the Accusation of Fascism (University of Wales Press)
    This English translation of “Y Blaid Ffasgaidd yng Nghymru”: Plaid Cymru a’r Cyhuddiad o Ffasgaeth (Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru) by Professor Richard Wyn Jones will be published 20th May 2014

    16/01/2014
  • First Newsletter of History Society

    2013 NewsletterThe first issue of the History Society’s Newsletter has been published.

    You can read it here  >>  Newsletter

    24/12/2013
  • Penarth’s Secret Role in Welsh History

    Penarth’s secret role in Welsh history.

    Tuesday, 7th January 2014, Windsor Arms, Windsor Rd. Penarth, 7.30pm.

    Lecture by Prof. Richard Wyn Jones and a buffet to follow to remember the occasion, 90 years ago, of the first meeting of the ’ Welsh Movement’ which led to the foundation of Plaid Cymru.

    Tickets £10.00. Post your cheque to Alan Jobbins, 47  Wingfield Rd. Eglwys Newydd, Caerdydd CF14 1NJ

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    An event to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the first meeting of Y Mudiad Cymreig/The Welsh Movement, which led to the formation of Plaid Cymru the following year, is being held in Penarth in January.

    The historic meeting was held at 11, Bedwas   Place in Penarth on the evening of January 7th, 1924, and the commemorative event is being held at the Windsor Arms on Tuesday, January 7 (7.30pm).

    It is being organised jointly by the Plaid Cymru History Society and the Penarth Branch of Plaid Cymru.

    The guest speaker will be Professor Richard Wyn Jones, the eminent historian, political commentator, author and broadcaster.

    At the 1924 meeting, a small group of nationalists, led by the lecturer and playwright Saunders Lewis, began drawing up a ...

    02/12/2013
  • Talk about Free Wales Radio

     

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    CYMDEITHAS HANES PLAID CYMRU HISTORY SOCIETY

    Illustrated talk by Philip Lloyd

     Radio Free Wales

    Radio Ceiliog

    The story of illegal broadcasting – the fight for Plaid Cymru’s right to have party political broadcasts.

    Clwb Rygbi Caerffili  –  Caerffili Rugby Club

    Thursday, September 26th at 7:30

    Mynediad am Ddim  –  Free Admission

    Croeso cynnes i bawb – A warm welcome to you all

    16/09/2013
  • Archive from Swansea

    20/07/2013
  • History of Plaid in Môn 1925 – 1987

    Meeting: Spring Conference  1 March 2013

    Bikes, Barbicues,  &  Lifeboat  Llannerchymedd : History of Plaid in Mon  1925-1987

    Gerwyn James

    Friday, 4.30pm

    I’m  a native of Anglesey and was brought up in the Star area in the parish of Penmynydd but have lived in Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll since 1977. For many years I was a history teacher  in Pwllheli and later in Tryfan Bangor.  At present I’m a part-time tutor with the W.D.A.  Lately I’ve been involved in writing a book called Y Rhwyg (the Wrench). It.s about  the history of the Great War in this part f the island which will be published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch in the Summer.

    My latest project is the history of Plaid on Anglesey – in the hope that this will appear soon 

    I have been a Plaid member since 1973 and have been involved in canvasing distributing leaflets and knocking on doors since the 1974 election.

    Everyone Welcome

    09/02/2013
  • 2012 Conference

    Plaid Cymru Conference  – Theatr Brycheiniog  Aberhonddu

    Saturday, , 15th September, 4.30pm

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    Plaid’s pirate radio broadcasts : Beating the Broadcast Ban

    Emrys Roberts, Former , Plaid General Secretary

    D.J. Williams’ speech at Ysgol Preseli , 1964

    Berian Wiiliams , Recordwr y cyfarfod

    Recording Plaid Memories  , Caerffili , Summer 2012

    Ben Jones , Leader , Pilot Scheme

    01/09/2012
  • Publishing Leaflets and Booklets

    Plaid Cymru History Society is collecting old Plaid publications. During and after J.E.Jones’ period as Secretary the leaders of Plaid Cymru were very active setting out their position and vision for the furture of Wales.

    The publications that have recently been put on the Society’s website include ‘Wales as an Economic Entity’ and ‘TV in Wales’ by Gwynfor Evans and  ‘Self-Government’ by Phil Williams.

    Also on the website there are a number of leaflets from the 1960s including the 1966 By-election and Vic Davies’ By-election in the Rhondda.

    29/01/2012
  • Conference 2011 Meeting

    10th September – Saturday: 4.30pm

    Venue Cymru, Llandudno

     

    J.E. JONES

    ‘Pensaer Plaid Cymru’ – ‘Plaid Cymru Architect’

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    Dafydd Williams

    J E Jones took up the position of General Secretary Plaid Cymru in 1930, five years after the formation of the party. He was to remain at his post for thirty years, a period that witnessed the burning of the bombing school at Penyberth and the campaigns to defend the Epynt Mountain and  Cwm Tryweryn .

    In this presentation, another former General Secretary will look at the unique career  of the man who became known as the architect of Plaid Cymru.

    29/08/2011
  • Inaugural Lecture March 2011

    2011 Cynhadledd

    D. Hywel Davies, who delivered the inaugural lecture at the spring conference meeting of the Plaid Cymru History Society on 25 March 2011, pictured with celebrated historian Dr John Davies (centre) and Plaid Honorary President Dafydd Wigley (right). (Photo courtesy of Dic Jones, Swansea East Plaid Cymru.)

    The inaugural lecture by D.Hywel Davies can be read in the Articles section of the website.

    29/03/2011