Spotlight on Upper Towy Valley

Spotlight on Upper Towy Valley

In April a new venture began in Llandovery. For a number of years, the Llandovery History Society has been working towards the re-establishment of a museum in Llandovery.

 Their efforts have met with success, and on Friday, April 12than Open Day was held at Y Ganwyll, the new Heritage Centre in Llandovery where the Museum is housed, with a large variety of interesting exhibits both upstairs and down, and the Upper Towy Valley branch of Dyfed Family History Society holding an exhibition of photographs and a display of materials available for research. The official opening ceremony took place on Saturday, April 13th, with music from Llandovery Male Voice Choir and even Twm Sion Cati making an appearance!

 The Upper Towy Valley Family History branch is playing an important part in this undertaking. We have our own room in the museum for a Family History Research Centre, with exhibitions of historical photographs, family trees and research material on display.

 We are open for research for two days each week – Wednesdays and Fridays – from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and have a rota of volunteers so that someone is always on hand to help enquirers in their research. We have a number of records and documents available for people to consult such as census returns, parish records, memorial inscriptions from churches, chapels and cemeteries, tithe records and a variety of books, magazines and miscellaneous records pertaining to Llandovery and a wide surrounding area.

 There has been great interest from local people and those from further afield: in one week we had separate groups of visitors from Colorado and from Seattle, both of whom happened to be researching their ancestors in Myddfai, and both meeting with success.

 We have also had a visit from S4C during which we were filmed at the Family History Research Centre and Davina was interviewed about our work here. We are very pleased indeed with such a successful start to this venture from which both the Museum and the Family History Society benefit and have plans for additional research resources in the near future.

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