A busy week in February

Members of the History Group have just been out on an informative guided heritage tour around town - despite the rain.

Organised and led by Dave Bennett we were shown some of the important sites around the town as concerns the introduction of the tramway back in the 19th century and the building of the steam railway in 1864. This was also tied in to the other industrial aspects of the town including barges, wharfs, tanneries, mills and coal yards.

Possible wharf below Warren Cottage

Possible wharf below Warren Cottage

It was an intriguing and inspiring walk with other members inputting their own knowledge and experience. Mark Robinson has been involved with the Hay model railway project and is currently rebuilding the model that was brought to our attention last year. Along with colleagues he has negotiated the use of the school room next to Salem chapel to base his project. We look forward to hearing more from Mark on the progress of the project when we meet on March 18th for our next general group meeting.

Dave Bennett and Alan Nicholls also travelled to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth on Wednesday and will be enlightening us on their finds at the next meeting. Alan is continuing his work on the buildings of Hay and the next step - Rural Hay.

Hay's history was also featured in the Brecon and Radnor newspaper this week with articles about his recent publications: "Major Injustice - The Case of Herbert Rowse Armstrong" and "The Pubs of Hay"

This week also saw the Digital Past 2015 Conference held at Swansea's Brangwyn Hall. This was an inspiring and exciting conference organised by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW)

Conversations at the conference will hopefully lead to some great new relationships and projects for the Hay History Group. Mari Fforde will be talking about the conference at the next meeting in March and also with the History Weekend committee.