Wednesday 10 Januaryr 2024 at 7 pm

Danny McCaroll (FLSW) has formally retired from the Department of Geography, Swansea University, but remains a part of the research team. He was coordinator of the EU-funded 'Millennium Project', which reconstructed the climate of Europe over the last one thousand years. Welsh Houses and the climate of the past

The main interests of the Swansea tree-ring team are in using the chemistry of oak timbers to date old houses, and then using the results to reconstruct the climate of the past. In this lecture, Professor McCarroll will discuss how past changes in climate may have impacted on the population of Wales and how those impacts are reflected in some old Welsh houses. 

Wednesday 14 February  2024 7 pm

Scott Lloyd is Research Manager at the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales and one of the key players in the prize-winning Deep Mapping Estate Archives Project.

More than just a map: The Ordnance Survey County survey large-scale mapping

The Ordnance Survey County survey was an enormous undertaking and the maps it produced are a valuable record of the nineteenth century landscape. But how did they gather the information that is shown on the maps, especially for boundaries and antiquities?


Wednesday 13 March  2024  7 pm

Judith Alfrey is Head of Heritage Regeneration and Conservation at Cadw and a trustee of the Vernacular Architecture Group.

From listing to local heritage: finding value in historic buildings. Listing often seems a top-down process, and in many ways it is. But every listed building is someone’s local heritage. More and more, those responsible for designation are working with local communities to capture what local distinctiveness means to them

Wednesday 10 April 2024 at 7pm

 Martin Cherry DOWH trustee

After Glyndŵr: Building in an age of anarchy

Over the last decade or so, a substantial number of buildings in Wales have been securely tree-ring dated to the fifteenth century, several of them built during or within a few years of the Glyndŵr wars. Others – houses, courts, shops and churches – can be dated by analogy to around the same period. At a time of acute political uncertainty, who built them – and why? (The subject of the talk might be adapted if there are any exciting new research results to announce.)

Wednesday 8 May 2024 at 7 pm

Dr Jenny Day Research Fellow, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies in Aberystwyth

“The fair court of St Bernard”: the poets’ view of the Cistercian abbeys of Wales.

The medieval poets can tell us a lot about buildings and the life that went on in them. Dr Jenny Day is an expert in this field and working on a book on poetry relating to Valle Crucis Abbey. Her talk will look at the architecture at Valle Crucis and other houses, and about the broader material culture relating to worship and feasting. 

Wednesday 19 June  2024 at 7.15 pm

This lecture will follow Discovering Old Welsh Houses AGM scheduled for 6.15 pm.

Robin Grove-White is Professor Emeritus of Environment and Society at Lancaster University and Chair of the Advisory Board, Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates, Bangor University.

 My dad the Communist landowner and other Anglesey tales (provisional title)

All talks will be held on the second Wednesday in each month and will all start at 7 p.m. They will be given in English. Reminders and Zoom invites will be sent by email to all members nearer the time and fuller details of each presentation will be available on the website.  Fuller details about the 2023/24 programme will appear later in the Year.

Please note your microphone will be muted when you enter. Please leave it muted until the end of the talk, when there will be an opportunity for questions. It is also helpful if you would turn your video off as this helps the quality of the presentation.

Our  Zoom meetings programme  for 2024

Unless otherwise stated, all start at 7 p.m.     All talks will be in English

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DOWH Lecture Series 2023/24

List of recorded talks


05 May 2024

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Owing to Covid we decided to deliver our talks via Zoom. This has proved popular and attendances have generally been far higher than for talks held in physical venues. We recognise that face-to-face contact is an important aspect of our activities and, as restrictions have eased, branch activities are gradually resuming with real meetings, workshops, talks and visits.

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