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Saturday 17th  June 2017

at 10:30am in the Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre
National Museum Cardiff
, Cathays Park, Cardiff  CF10 3NP

‘The Brynmawr Furniture Experiment:
the Quaker Initiative in South Wales 1929 – 40’


A talk by Dr Eurwyn Wiliam

Brynmawr dining set

Image: www.brynmawr.gwentheritage.org.uk


Dr Wiliam is currently Chair of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments
of Wales, and a former Deputy Director of National Museum Wales. A recognised authority on
traditional domestic and agricultural buildings in Wales, he has published several acclaimed books
and articles on architectural and social history.

Sought after by collectors today, the items made by the young apprentices of the Brynmawr
furniture factory are testimony to the efforts of Quaker volunteers to provide desperately-needed
help for the deprived communities of the South Wales valleys in the 1930s, and also to the Arts &
Crafts and Art Deco ethos of the furniture designers. It was a remarkable enterprise, akin to the
efforts of the Davies sisters to establish Gregynog as a centre for developing different craft skills for
the unemployed and disabled after the First World War.

In his illustrated talk, Dr Wiliam will tell the story of Brynmawr during the Depression and how the Brynmawr Furniture Company Limited came to be set up. He will also look at the construction of the furniture, and some of the notable
Welsh people who supported the venture. Perhaps your own family was among them!
The admission charge for the above talk, to include post-lecture coffee and biscuits in the Oriel
Suite, is 8 for Friends’ pre-paid bookings, and 10 at the door. If you wish to take advantage of
this concessionary rate, please complete the slip below and send it by Wednesday 14 June with
your cheque to:
Ann Saer, 15 Highfields, Llandaf, Cardiff CF5 2QA (tel:029 2056 2756 email: annsaer15@gmail.com).

To minimalise postal costs, no acknowledgement will be sent. Do come, and bring your friends too. This event is open to the public at 10 a head, and they will be very welcome.
Friends of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Saturday 17 June 2017 at 10.30 am in the Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre

A talk by Dr Eurwyn Wiliam:
‘The Brynmawr Furniture Experiment: the Quaker Initiative in South Wales 1929 – 40’


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