The penultimate meeting of the Antiquarian Society's centenary year took the form
of a lecture in Welsh, the first for many years. Ruth Morgan, who worked on the oral history project
at Trinity College with Catrin Stevens, spoke to a large audience, many of them listening to the
instantaneous translation, in the council chamber of County Hall.
Ruth, in stressing the importance of recording memories before they faded, explained
the methods the project used when interviewing people for the three categories covered. The main
part of the work dealt with women at work; 2000 records were made as a celebration of the millennium.
The emphasis throughout was on the burden of housework before electricity and labour saving devices
but there were anecdotes on the importance of observing Sunday: "because Sunday was a very
busy day for us all. You had to walk a long way up the hill to the chapel by half past ten, come
back, change, have lunch, change again, go back up to the Sunday School by two o'clock, come back,
change and have tea. Then change again to go back to the service by six o'clock". Tapes of
women working as teachers were also played and the relationship between farming families and the
families of men working in the mining and quarrying industries was discussed.
The second part of the project dealt with the Women's Land Army, who played such
an important part in World War Two. The comments on the uniform and the quality of the food endured
on some of the farms proved quite amusing. Another section dealt with memories of the Forestry Commission.