Great start for Gallery Talks organised by Museum Friends


Reverend Griffith Jones, Llanddowror, who did so much for literacy in Wales in the 18th century, was the subject of the first Gallery Talk organised by the Friends of the Carmarthenshire County Museum.
The well-attended talk was given by Laugharne-based Peter Stopp who emphasised how Griffith Jones’ importance in ensuring that the Welsh language, which was in decline, began to thrive once again.
Working with Madame Bevan from Derllys Court in Bancyfelin and later Laugharne, he was able to set up a college in Llanddowror to train people to teach reading.
These students then went out to work in areas throughout Wales, both teaching and training future teachers.
These Circulating Schools had a huge impact on literacy in Wales and were known internationally for their effectiveness in promoting literacy.
Their effect is evident in Wales today.
The Gallery Talks are an initiative of the Friends of the Carmarthenshire County Museum and they are held on the morning of the first Saturday of each month at the museum in Abergwili starting at 10.30am and followed by refreshments.
There is no charge to attend.
The programme until October includes:
6 August The Museum Building - Gavin Evans, Carmarthen Museum Curator
3 September The Roman Gallery – Belinda Todd
1 October Bishop Laud’s Chapel – Brenig Davies
The Friends of the Carmarthenshire County Museum work to support the museum and to interest people in aspects of Carmarthenshire’s history.

Further information: Belinda Todd 01267 235879.

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