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Women's Heritage Walk, Aberystwyth

Event Date:7th July

Women's Heritage Walk, Aberystwyth

Century of Hope / Canrif Gobaith

Two walking tours are being organised; a Welsh language tour at 10:00 and an English medium tour at 14:00. Both tours will start and finish at Ceredigion Museum. Both tours will last approximately one and a half hours including visits to places of interest and an opportunity to meet some interesting individuals en route!

It isn’t a difficult walk, as we want to ensure that it’s accessible to all. There will also be a cup of tea and cake at the Museum at the end of the tour.

Both tours are free of charge, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Please note that we can only accommodate 20 on each tour; advance booking essential - book early to secure your place!

For further information and to register, please email our Century of Hope Events Officer, Heulwen Davies on Heulwendavies@icloud.com and please specify if you would like to attend the Welsh or the English tour.

Report

This took place on Saturday 7th July – in Welsh in the morning (led by Heulwen Davies) and in English in the afternoon (led by Gwyneth Roberts). For both walks Kate Sullivan brought up the rear to make sure none of the participants got lost/left behind/stranded on the wrong side of the road. Both walks attracted a lot of interest - all the places were filled and there was even a reserve list – and all the participants seemed to enjoy the opportunity to hear about women’s history in the town.

The walk began and ended at Ceredigion Museum, going around the centre of town and the prom and returning to the Museum for (much-appreciated) tea and cakes. The women featured had made their mark in many spheres; they included an opera singer who was vice-chair of CND Wales, a wood-sculptor who campaigned for disability rights, a poet and preacher who went to sea in a ketch, a block-buster novelist who ran a drama company, a distinguished botanist, a pioneering lawyer in the Caribbean, and a cinema manager who won an award from Columbia Pictures. And, since the walk was organised to mark 100 years since (some) women got the vote, it also featured a man who campaigned tirelessly for female suffrage, the editor of the local paper in the 30 years before World War I.

Mary Lloyd Jones spoke about her work as an artist to both groups, as did Tegwen Morris about the history and activities of Merched y Wawr; Sue Jones Davies met the Welsh-language group to discuss her careers as an actress, town councillor and campaigner for refugee organisations. Martha Morse, a student in the university’s Department of Theatre, Film and TV Studies, read two poems by the early 19th-century poet Elizabeth Crebar and two letters from a student describing life in the women students’ hall of residence in 1900.

On both walks there was a real sense of interest and enjoyment, and participants who’d known personally some of the featured women said how glad they were that their friends’ achievements hadn’t been forgotten.

An App (through Advancing Aberystwyth) which can be downloadaed and a booklet, a copy of which is available from Ceredigion Museum and from our website, both free, have been produced so that everyone interested can follow the trail themselves.

The cover image was created by artist Hannah Davies and both booklet and App were translated by Eurwen Booth.

Aberystwyth Heritage Walk