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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Saturday, 20 May
Please note that the visit to Insole Court has been cancelled due to the building not being ready to receive visitors in time.

We are now proposing a morning visit to Castell Coch and an afternoon visit to Ewenny Priory Church. More details to follow.


Saturday, 17 June
Field Day: In memory of Muriel Bowen Evans
Leaders: Elspeth Page and Roy Davies
10.30am at National Woollen Mill Museum, Drefach-Velindre. SA44 5UP
Followed by visit to Y Gangell: Blaen Y Coed Chapel, SA33 6EX
Contact: Roy Davies 01558 824017


Friday, 14 July, 6.30pm
Chairman's Evening: Gwili Railway
Leader: Jeremy John
Gwili Railway, Bronwydd SA33 6HT, (£5.00 charge, including tea, for this event.) Contact: Jeremy John




PRIZE REMINDER: Women's History Network Community History Prize 2017

Dear all – you have until 31 May 2017 to submit your entries for this year's Women's History Network Commu nity History Prize, sponsored by the History Press.

This annual prize of £500 is awarded to the team behind a Community History Project by, about, or for women in a particular locale or community which has been completed between 1 January 2016 and 31 May 2017.  Awarded by the Women's History Network UK, it has been sponsored by The History Press since 2015.

The entry form and full details can be found here:

We encourage submissions from projects which include a strong element of community engagement or collaboration and which communicate a sense of heritage uncovered and learning shared by participants from outside the academic or professional heritage sector.

Projects can have creative or wellbeing outcomes, as well as research outputs, but the entrants' activity must have led to the creation of something which is based on and communicates the findings of the group's historical research, such as a production, artwork, website, documentary, pamphlet, heritage trail, book, exhibition, artefact or event.

The Women's History Network is a national association and charity for the promotion of women's history and the encouragement of women and men interested in women's history. Established in 1991, the network reaches out to welcome people from any background who share a passion for women's history.

The winners will be invited to receive their prize at the 26th Annual Women's History Network Conference at University of Birmingham on 1 September 2017.

To see the shortlisted entries from last year, go to

If you have any queries, contact me or Professor Maggie Andrews of the University of Worcester (

We would be very grateful if you could circulate this invitation to your colleagues and networks, and we look forward to receiving your entries!



Jenni Waugh Consulting Ltd



Perthnasedd Pantycelyn: Coleg Llanymddyfri, 20 Mai 2017, Digwyddiad yn Nghymraeg  - Darperir cyfieithu ar y pryd.

Un o'r dylanwadau pennaf ar hanes, diwylliant a byd-olwg Cymru ar hyd 1,500 o flynyddoedd ei bodolaeth yw'r ffydd Gristnogol. ‘Pan ffurfiwyd Cymru, pan luniwyd yr enw a llunio'r iaith, yr oeddym eisoes yn Gristnogion', meddai Saunders Lewis, gan ychwanegu: ‘Delfrydau Cristnogaeth a bennodd ein meddwl.' Dros y cyfnod hir hwnnw, cynhyrchwyd toreth o lenyddiaeth Gristnogol o bob math: pregethau, esboniadau, ysgrifau defosiynol, traethodau diwinyddol, nofelau, cerddi, emynau, ac yn y blaen.

Un o gewri mwyaf Cristnogaeth Gymraeg yw William Williams o Bantycelyn, a aned 300 mlynedd yn ôl yn 1717. Roedd yn awdur cynhyrchiol dros ben. Mae'n fwyaf adnabyddus fel emynydd, wrth gwrs. Lluniodd yn agos i fil o emynau, ac mae nifer ohonynt yn parhau i gael eu canu'n gyson bob wythnos ymhob rhan o Gymru. Ond ysgrifennodd bob math o weithiau eraill, yn farddoniaeth ac yn rhyddiaith, ar bynciau amrywiol iawn.

Yr hyn sy'n uno holl weithiau Williams Pantycelyn yw eu bod wedi eu bwriadu i helpu pobl i fyw'r bywyd Cristnogol o ddydd i ddydd. Cynorthwyo pobl i foli Duw a mynegi eu teimladau a'u profiadau oedd diben ei emynau. Mewn gweithiau eraill mae'n trafod sut i ymddwyn wrth addoli a sut mae dadansoddi a dilysu profiadau ysbrydol. Mae gweithiau eraill yn disgrifio mawredd ac amrywiaeth y greadigaeth, tra bo eraill yn trafod yr heriau a'r sefyllfaoedd amrywiol sy'n wynebu Cristnogion ar eu taith trwy'r byd: gwyriadau diwinyddol, problemau priodasol, sut i drin arian ac eiddo, a themtasiynau o bob math.

Er bod rhai o emynau Pantycelyn yn dal yn gyfarwydd i lawer, mae'r rhan fwyaf o'i weithiau yn ddieithr i Gristnogion Cymru heddiw. Er mwyn tynnu sylw at y trysorau cudd hynny, cynhelir diwrnod arbennig yn dwyn y teitl ‘Perthnasedd Pantycelyn' yng Ngholeg  Llanymddyfri ar 20 Mai, rhwng 10.00am a 4.00pm. Pris  Cofrestru: £10

Bwriad y diwrod yw trafod croestoriad o weithiau Williams Pantycelyn. Er y bydd rhai o'r siaradwyr yn arbenigwyr ar ei fywyd a'i waith, nid trafod Williams Pantycelyn yn ‘hanesyddol' ac yn ‘academaidd' fydd pwyslais y diwrnod, ond yn hytrach archwilio gwerth a pherthnasedd ymarferol gweithiau Pantycelyn i ni heddiw.

Dyma raglen y diwrnod:

10.00–10.15: Cyrraedd a chofrestru

10.15–10.30: Gair o groeso (Hywel Meredydd)

10.30–11.00: ‘Pêr Ganiedydd Cymru a Phêr Ganiedydd Israel' (Robert Rhys)

11.00–11.30: Emyr James ar y gerdd hir, Bywyd a Marwolaeth Theomemphus

11.30–11.45: Toriad i goffi

11.45–12.15: Goronwy Prys Owen ar Drws y Society Profiad

12.15–13.45: Toriad i ginio (trefniadau personol)

13.45–14.15: John Aaron ar Crocodil Afon yr Aipht

14.15–15.30: ‘Darllen Pantycelyn Heddiw' —

Robert Rhys yn cadeirio panel fydd yn cynnwys Menna Machreth,

Andras Iago, Lois Dafydd, a Gwilym Tudur

15.30–16.00: Trafodaeth agored i gloi dan gadeiryddiaeth E. Wyn James



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



Field Studies Council have launched their 2017 programme of arts, photography and exploring the outdoors short breaks 

I thought that you and your members might be interested in our new course programme, particularly the History and Archeology section.

For more information about all the courses and short breaks please view the brochure or browse the courses on the FSC website.


FSC is an environmental charity with a network of centres in stunning UK locations, from the stunning Scottish islands to the striking Pembrokeshire coastline.  Our breaks have expert leaders and there are a range of both one-day events and residential stays, which include comfortable full board accommodation.

I hope that you find these holidays and courses of interest. If you would like to receive any hard copies of the brochure or need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mel Cousins
Field Studies Council    01743 852118



Volume 1 Part 1, The Carmarthen Antiquary. 1941.

Please contact Jill Davies on



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