Women’s Archive Wales Annual Conference
Event Date:5th October - 6th October
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This year the Archive is holding its Annual Conference in partnership with St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff on Saturday 5th October and Sunday 6th October 2019.
We have over 24 speakers lined up for you so please join us for the Conference itself and for the evening meal at the Old Post House St Fagans on the Saturday evening. ALL WELCOME
2019 Annual Conference
The Annual Conference was held this year on October 5th and 6th in partnership with St Fagans National Museum of History. The facilities were excellent, with a new modern lecture theatre and plenty of break-out rooms for the parallel talks and for networking over a cuppa and refreshments. The museum staff were very supportive too and this ensured that everything worked smoothly.
This was our largest Conference to date with over 100 attendees and 25 lectures. Since we were in St Fagans there was some emphasis upon the museum’s own collections as in the detailed presentation given by Ryland Wallace on the medals and papers of suffragette Kate Williams Evans and on women’s crafts during the Depression in Sioned Williams and Elen Phillips lecture; talks on photography and a dramatic presentation on quilting in Wales. The other papers discussed an amazing range of topics. On the Saturday afternoon we had a number of Welsh-language papers and it was good to see so many men presenting papers on interesting and relevant topics related to women’s history in Wales this year. We also enjoyed the company of a number of Scttish scholars who have edited and published a comprehensive Biography of Scottish women.
During the Saturday morning the applicants for the Avril Rolph Bursary presented their papers – on a wonderful variety of topics – from Women’s Aid to the Aberystwyth Women’s Liberal Association; to women’s football in Wrexham and the history of the Cardiff New Synagogue Ladies’ Guild archives. They were of a very high standard but the three judges: Lori Havard, Elin Jones and Jenny Sabine were unanimous in their decision and the Bursary was awarded to Molly Caenwyn who chose the topic ‘Who is Mary Dillwyn? Issues in Women’s Studies in Early Photographic History’. The certificate and bursary was presented to Molly by Angela Brunt, Avril’s partner.
On the Saturday evening the Conference Dinner was held in the Old Post House, St Fagans. It was well-attended, the food was excellent and the service very good. The highlight of the evening was a showing of the short film ‘Tic Toc’ based upon the WAW project ‘Voices from the Factory Floor’.
All the summaries of the papers can be seen on our website and also copies of some of the papers delivered in the 2019 Conference.