Hay History Weekend 2018

Sunday 23 September

Book Throne 10.00am - 4.00pm



Mari Fforde will be leading a project to build a book throne. Come along to help, dress up and be photographed as your favourite Hay character sitting on the throne. 


Pop-up Museum 10.00am - 4.00pm


National Treasures of the Independent Kingdom of Hay

We will have displays on some of the amazing people who have been central to the history of Hay. These include Matilda de Braose, the Agincourt Archers, Rev. Francis Kilvert, Archdeacon William Bevan, Alfred Savigar, Doctors of Hay, Hincks family, Agnes de Winton, Richard Booth and many more. 

Up Top - From Lunatic Asylum to Community Care - an Illustrated talk by Hugh Purcell 4.00 pm


Up Top tells how the mentally ill were treated in the 20th century, focusing on the Mid Wales Mental Hospital, which began as a lunatic asylum and closed when community care took over 100 years later. It was the only UK hospital for psychotic POWs in World War II, including, briefly, the Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess. 

All events are at Hay Parish Hall, Lion Street. 

Free entry to all events but talk may be ticketed - There will be a retiring collection in aid of Hay Luncheon Club and HayDay Dementia Cafe. Tea and cakes will be on sale throughout the day.