We have an ongoing programme for recording, transcribing, and publishing monumental inscriptions. Our aim is eventually to cover all the burial yards in Breconshire.
We are also undertaking a range of other family history related projects, such as those set out below.
We welcome volunteers of all ages to take part in these activities, whether or not they are members of Powys Family History Society. If you are interested, please contact Hilary Williams for further details.
Projects in progress (December 2010)
- Brecon Shops and Businesses - we launched this project, under the leadership of Alison Noble, at our meeting on 27 September 2010. We began recording people's memories of the shops, pubs, and other businesses in Brecon Town. We also scanned photographs and other relevant documents people brought along. A working group has been set up, which met twice in the Autumn to plan the next steps. We will provide further opportunities for Brecon folk to tell us their memories of shopping and conducting business in Brecon. The first major opportunity will be at our Annual Lunch at Bishop's Meadow on 30 January. Another opportunity will be at our exhibition at Brecon Library from 13th to 16th April 2011.
- Bible Recording - this project involves the photographing, transcribing and where possible publishing of family history details inscribed in old family bibles. Committee members Sue Snook, Rob Eckley, Dr Owen Forester, Alison Noble, and Hilary Williams visited Brecknock Museum on two occasions in November to photograph and transcribe details from around sixty old bibles held by the Museum (see Photogallery). We are grateful to Senior Curator Nigel Blackamore and his staff for providing us with access to the bibles held at the museum, the oldest of which dated back to the 17th century. In the future, we hope to record information in old bibles held by some of the second-hand bookshops in Hay-on-Wye.
- St Bride's Church, Llandsantffraed, Breconshire – Monumental Inscription recording and publishing
A preliminary visit was made on 22 April 2010 by John Ball, Owen Forester, Eirwen Jones, Sue Snook, and Hilary Williams. Further visits have been made over the summer by Eirwen Jones and her team of helpers.
- Troedrhiwdalar Chapel, near Garth, Breconshire – Monumental Inscription recording and publishing
After five visits in April, May and June 2010, all three sections of the chapel graveyard have been surveyed. One further visit will be needed in the Spring to enable all the MI transcriptions to be double-checked. Meanwhile the transcriptions are being typed up, photographs of the graves collated, and detailed site plans produced.
The project team includes: John Ball, Robert Eckley, Glen Harris, David James, Eirwen Jones, Malcolm Jones, Alison Noble, Pat Power, Eurwen Roberts, Sue Snook, Hilary Williams, and Derek ?
- Monumental Inscriptions recording – other churches and chapels in Breconshire.
Updated 5 December 2010