Other Organisations' Events - October

Tretower Court and Castle
Garden Tour and Talk

1 October, 11am – 4.30pm. Tours and talks at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Adult £6.50, Concs £4.20
A humorous and informative herbal tour and talk in the beautiful medieval garden. Herbs have been used throughout the centuries as an aid in medicines, to flavour our food, in cosmetics and to cover offensive odours.
Life in the 15th Century
14-15 October 11am – 4.30pm, Adult £6.50, Concs £4.20
Have you ever wondered what day-to-day life was like in the 15th Century. While away an hour or two with the friendly re-enactors who will be in residence to give appropriate advice on all sorts of subjects – from dining etiquette to the best way to keep your sword sharp and your bowstring dry.  http://cadw.gov.wales/events/allevents/sunday-best-in-the-15th-century-tretower-october-2017/?lang=en

Nelson Museum, Monmouth
Exhibition: Hope in the Great War

Open throughout October and November, Free, 11am-4pm daily (closed Wednesdays)
WW1 through the eyes of those living on the coast of the UK, this exhibition celebrates the timeless courage of lifeboat rescuers and survivors by telling the story of six heroic RNLI rescues, with family friendly interactive displays. http://www.visitmonmouthshire.com/thedms.aspx?dms=3&venue=1110153

National Museum Cardiff
Talk: The Welsh at Passchendaele

7 October, 1pm, Free, Places limited, book on arrival
Join Dr Jonathan Hicks for a fascinating talk about the Welsh at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.
Local author Dr Jonathan Hicks talks about his book ‘The Welsh at Passchendaele’.
The controversial battle took place between July and November 1917 near the Belgian town of Ypres. Dr Hicks discusses the battle and the role of the Welsh within it. Part of Cymru yn Cofio / Wales Remembers. https://museum.wales/cardiff/whatson/9697/The-Welsh-at-Passchendaele/

National Library of Wales
Talk: The Arthurian Place Names of Wales

11 October 1.15pm. Free admission by ticket
Place names associated with the figure of King Arthur are widespread across Wales and this talk will explore the origins and developments of these names and their connections, real or otherwise, to the wider Arthurian legend. Scott Lloyd is the author of The Arthurian Place Names of Walesrecently published by the University of Wales press. https://www.llgc.org.uk/fileadmin/fileadmin/docs_gwefan/ymweld_a_ni/digwyddiadau/NLW_Event_Programme_Autumn_2017.pdf

The Welsh Georgian Trust / MDFAS
Study Day – Recusancy in Abergavenny and the Marches

14 October 10am-4.30pm, £10, St Michael’s Centre Abergavenny
Following the acquisition of the Gunter Mansion by the Welsh Georgian Trust earlier this year, the study day will explore how covert activity carried out by Catholics persisted in Abergavenny and the Marches in the years after the Reformation, and in particular how the Gunter family provided a secret chapel and meeting place for Catholics in Abergavenny. http://www.welshgeorgiantrust.org.uk/study-day-announced-recusancy-in-abergavenny-and-the-marches/

Brecon Beacons National Park
Brecon Beacons Heritage Day

15 October 9.30-4.30, Theatr Brycheiniog. Free, but ticketed
The day, held in celebration of the National Park's 60th Anniversary, will bring the past to life. Many think that the landscape of the Brecon Beacons is unspoilt and natural, but in fact it has been shaped and changed by people over many thousands of years. The legacies left can be seen in the diverse archaeological heritage, historic buildings and settlements, with a wealth of archaeology from prehistoric stone circles and burial chambers to Iron Age hillforts, Roman camps, medieval castles and the remains of an industrial past. The day's programme will focus on some of these sites including the World Heritage Site, Blaenavon. Cadw’s Amelia Pannett will talk about recording change & managing monuments within this important industrial landscape. Ruth Coulthard from the National Park Authority will tell the story of the Glyn-Neath Gunpowder Works, and its recent success in gaining Heritage Lottery Funding to secure its future. Also featuring will be Hay Castle Trust’s Mari Fforde, who will give an update on the project to restore and regenerate Hay Castle, allowing the public full access across the site for the first time in over 800 years. Further speakers will give an expert perspective on the new Brecknock Museum, and the restoration by the Landmark Trust of the medieval hall house at Llwyncelyn near Llanthony. http://www.breconbeacons.org/events/8969

Cyfartha Castle Museum & Art Gallery
A World of Mystery: the life of Mrs Watts-Hughes

17 October 6.30pm, booking essential 01685 727371 museum.Cyfarthfa.com
Mrs Wats-Hughes was a celebrated singer from Dowlais who created an instrument to visualise the human voice. 70 years on from her death this seated talk looks back at this remarkable woman’s life. http://www.cyfarthfa.com/whats-on.aspx http://cadw.gov.wales/events/allevents/garden-tour-and-talk-tretower-october-2017/?lang=en

Hay-on-Wye Royal British Legion
Talk: Meet Tommy Atkins and see the kit your grandfather would have used
Demonstration: RMAC – the unsung heroes of Passchendaele

21 October 2pm at the Parish Hall, £3 on the door
The talk is by Chris Goode from the Great War Society. Demonstrations by Roger Morgan on the medical techniques used on the battlefield during WW1. Also hear about the local hero L/Cpl Allan Leonard Lewis.

National Waterfront Museum
Talk – Jane Austen: Naval Valour and Family Values

21 October 11am, free
In the middle of the 18th C the navy was often regarded almost as an outlaw society of tyranny, squalor, drunkenness and incompetence, but by Nelson`s time and the war against Napoleon the view overall was that they were heroes, saviours of the nation, and in many ways the epitome of a sound social structure. Join this anniversary lecture with Andrew Varney (Swansea University), to hear how Jane Austen`s writings can be placed in this context to show that she was alive to more than simply the comings and goings of her own small world. https://museum.wales/swansea/whatson/9740/Jane-Austen-Navel-Valour-and-Family-Values/

St Fagans National History Museum
Friday talk: Are you sitting comfortably?

27 October, 1.05pm, Free, book on arrival
Senior Furniture Conservator, Emyr Davies, talks about the challenges of keeping furniture in top condition in a busy open air museum like St Fagans: National Museum of History. https://museum.wales/cardiff/whatson/9704/Friday-talkAre-You-Sitting-Comfortably/

Church Monuments Society
Informal study day at Brecon

Saturday 28 October
The charge for the day is £17.50 members, £22.50 non-members. This includes admission to the College chapel, tea and coffee on arrival but not lunch. There is no additional charge for the Sunday. Further details will be on the website, or from the organiser, Prof. Madeleine Gray, 5 Wellington Street, Tongwynlais, Cardiff CF15 7LP, email madeleine.gray@southwales.ac.uk
   Brecon Cathedral (formerly the parish church, and before that the Priory of St John) is ledgerstone heaven. Restoration by Scott in the 1860s and 1870s saved an outstanding collection of early modern floor slabs including about 60 of the characteristic Welsh cross slabs. The cathedral also has medieval cross slabs and effigy tombs. This study day begins with lectures in Christ College, Brecon, on the site of a medieval Dominican friary. Talks will explore the rich heritage of commemorativeverse in Welshand the survival of the traditional cross slab in sixteenth-and seventeenth-century Wales. There will be an opportunity to visit the College chapel to look at medieval and post-medieval tombs and some remarkable misericords. After lunch (not included –Brecon has a range of restaurants, pubs and cafés) we reconvene at the Cathedral to explore its collection of tomb carvings. For those who want to make a weekend of it, on Sunday we will offer a self-driven tour of some more local churches: a chance to explore the gorgeous painted wall monuments of the Brute family of stonemasons with their gilded cherubs and swags of fruit and flowers. http://www.churchmonumentssociety.org/cms%20events.html

Abergavenny Local History Society 
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