The Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society was founded in 1905 and is one of the foremost County antiquarian societies in Wales. From its inception the founding members saw a need to record, publish and collect all things relating to the history, antiquities and natural history of 'Carmarthenshire in particular, and West Wales in general'. This philosophy has been maintained throughout its history. It has pursued part of its aim through scholarly publication through the Transactions (to 1939) and the Carmarthenshire Antiquary (1941 to present). It started as  a 'field club' and remains so to this day with its active programme of Field Days, supplemented by a winter programme of lectures.


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Wednesday 25 July, 6.30 pm

Chairman's evening: tour of The Old St Davids Hospital, Carmarthen

Car Park at the entrance to Parc Dewi (the former St Davids Hospital)

Leader: Jeremy John 01267 235519




Please note that grant applications are considered at the Trustees’ Meeting in September; applications should therefore be submitted by mid-August at the latest. Applications for which more details are requested, and some new, urgent applications, may be considered at the discretion of the Trustees at their meeting in March, subject to funds remaining for disbursement. Please complete legibly in pen, or typescript.

Latest edition of the The Carmarthen Antiquary

Some excerpts of the pages of the latest Antiquary - the Contents page, Reports and Meetings have been posted on the Publications page of this website. Click here to view.


Lampeter First World War Workshop

On Sunday 15 April 2018, the Council for British Archaeology’s Home Front Legacy team, in partnership with the Living Legacies 1914-18 First World War Engagement Centre, are hosting a First World War workshop in Lampeter to help you learn how to research, record and fund your own First World War project.

The event will take place on the final day of the CBA Wales conference ‘Archaeology in Wales 2018’ at the University of Trinity Saint David in Lampeter. The conference will run from Friday 13 – Sunday 15 April and is a great opportunity to discover more about the latest archaeological research in Wales.

Places are limited so booking is essential. To reserve your place on the workshop please visit our Eventbrite page

To register your interest in the CBA Wales conference please visit their Eventbrite page

We are also continuing to encourage and advise groups, societies and individuals who would like to record the places and buildings from the Home Front in their local area. If you are unable to attend one of our workshops you will find all the information you need to start recording on the Home Front Legacy website, or you can contact myself or Project Officer Chris Kolonko ( with any questions you might have.

Finally, we are always looking for new Home Front Legacy Champions, so if you know an individual or group who are already adding to the Home Front Legacy app, or who have been researching the First World War in their local area and may like to share their knowledge with us please do get in touch. Our Champions make a valuable contribution to our understanding of the Home Front and we would like to highlight the great work they are doing via our blog and social media channels.

Best wishes

Claire Corkill
Executive Administrator
Council  for British Archaeology


Do you love Carmarthenshire? Do you care about our heritage, landscape and the environment? Would you like to be involved at the start of a something new and exciting?

At Ymddiriedolaeth Drws i'r Dyffryn - Tywi Gateway Trust - we're seeking individuals to support the community-driven redevelopment of the Bishops Park at Abergwili, Carmarthen. It's a place notable for its cultural and archaeological history but also for landscape features like the Great Meadow, the Bishop's Pond (a site of Special Scientific Interest) or the famous ‘ha-ha'. At its heart is the former Palace of the Bishops of St Davids, a Listed building, now Carmarthenshire County Museum – a treasure trove.

If you like a challenge and have experience in horticulture, the arts, the environment, fundraising, volunteering or a background in business, finance, law, museums, heritage or education – then why not join us. Our vision it to create a place that we can all be proud of - for enjoyment, recreation, learning, participation and fun! We'll be integrating our visitor facilities with those of the Museum to help assure the future of both – a truly unique partnership.

Find out more on our website and (CC3) The Essential Trustee

The Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with voting Members other than its Charity Trustees. CIO Registered No. 1167244. The role of our Trustees is to ensure that the organisation functions within legal and financial requirements of a company and charity, and to be responsible for overall governance and strategic direction.

Contact details: or 6 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo. SA19 6AE




Volume 1 Part 1, The Carmarthen Antiquary. 1941.

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Following the sad loss of our longstanding Editor, Miss Muriel Bowen Evans in December 2015, the Council of the Society held an Emergency Meeting to consider the way forward. It was agreed by all, including the Acting Editor, Mrs Heather James, that we should advertise the post as widely as possible.

The Acting Editor is overseeing the production of Vol 51 (2015) and taking in material for Vol 52 (2016) with the assistance of a small Editorial Board. The Carmarthenshire Antiquary is produced annually and circulated to the membership both individual and corporate.

Applications are invited, giving an indication of relevant qualifications, experience and vision for the future to be sent to the Hon. Sec. Mrs Menna Owen-Strong, Min-yr-Afon, Llangain, Carmarthen SA33 5AH or by email to

Applications should be received by the end of July 2016 and Council and the Editorial Board will invite applicants to make an informal presentation at a meeting in late summer 2016. The future editor will have the help and support of the small editorial board.


Dominic Conway who was a member of our council and former Chairman has sadly passed away.
Click here to read a tribute to him from his colleagues at Friends of Court Farm.


Diploma in Irish Archaeology

The diploma is fully online, to facilitate the participation of folks in different countries and time zones, and is offered by experts on Irish archaeology. We currently have participants from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Canada, the United States, and Australia -  and would love to continue this diversity.

Information can be found at by clicking here and online applications can be found here.

The online brochure in PDF format can be downloaded here.


New book available from the Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society - Price £2



The Antiquarian Year under Review 2013
By Jeremy John


See some pictures of the Society's 2014 AGM