Events at the Museum
The Royal Welsh Freedom of the Borough Parade took place on Saturday, 22nd September. The Parade started from the Market Square at
11,00 a.m. and proceeded up Beaufort Street; right into King Street; Right down Somerset Street; across Bailey Street and back to the Market Square.
At 1.00 p.m. therewas a ceremony to unveil a VC Commemorative Stone to John Henry Williams VC; DCM; MM*; Medaille Militaire, on Chapel Road Nantyglo, outside the Nantyglo Senior Citizens Hall.
At 11.00 a.m. on Saturday 22nd September, the Soldiers from B (Rorke’s Drift) Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh marched through Brynmawr on Saturday 22nd September, to reaffirm their Freedom of the County Borough of Blaenau Gwent.
The weather was not kind and it rained quite heavily. However, hundreds turned out to watch more than 100 soldiers led by the Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh and the Regimental Goat, Llywelyn, and Goat Major, march through the streets of Brynmawr
Upon the return of the Parade to the town centre, the soldiers were entertained in the Institute and adjoining marquee. The Museum hosted a buffet for the family of John Henry Williams, and dignitaries. The buffet was provided by the Homestead Café, Market Square and tea and coffee was supplied and served by the Museum’s volunteers.
At 1.00 p.m. a memorial stone to commemorate the award of the Victoria Cross to Company Sergeant Major John H. Williams VC, DCM, MM and bar was unveiled outside Nantyglo Senior Citizen Hall, Chapel Road, Nantyglo.
CSM Williams was the most decorated Welsh NCO of all time.
Frank Olding's Winter 2019/20 course of lectures
Frank Olding's new course of Archaeology Lectures starts on Friday 10th January 2020 at 10.00 a.m.
Title: "The History of Wales Part Two - From the Tudors to the 19th Century" There will be eight lectures in total; Cost per lecture £5.
Photographs by kind permission of Mr Les Price of Beaufort Hill
The annual “Open Evening” for Members and guests was held on Friday 12th July 2019.
Again, it was a great success with Members from the surrounding area attending as well as those who travelled from further afield (Notably from Kinver, West Midlands, and Pontypool). All who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Huge thanks to the volunteers (Marjorie, Sandra and Merryl) who looked after the guests – and June and Carol who did a sterling job selling raffle tickets. The raffle raised £100 and, with the sale of wine not used on the evening, a profit of £59.65 on the event was made.