Hanes Gwasg Gee
Talk in Welsh by Dr D Ben Rees – with optional translation
Friday, 9th December 2022, 7:00 PM
Gwasg Gee in Denbigh was one of the main Welsh publishers for the better part of two centuries. The company became famous as the publisher of Y Faner, Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig, and many books of all types. It was established by Rev Thomas Jones in Rhuthun in 1808, then moved to Denbigh in 1809. Thomas Gee took over in 1813.

After its golden age a long decline came in the second half of the twentieth century, despite the heroic efforts of the novelist Kate Roberts, owner of the company from 1946 onwards. Kaste died in 1985 and Gwasg Gee died in 2001.

Dr D Ben Rees of Liverpool will tell the remarkable story of the press, and the famous literary figures behind it, in a talk illustrated by slides.

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Denbigh, Ruthin and Corwen Railway in the Vale of Clwyd
Talk in English by Fiona Gale
Friday, 20th January 2023, 7:00 PM
From the 1860s to the 1960s the Vale of Clwyd was served by a railway which linked the line in the Dee Valley in the south to the route along the north Wales coast. Recently a project in Ruthin to refurbish a crane associated with the railway has acted as a catalyst to a much wider project, gathering memories about the railway, exploring some of the surviving features of the line and researching some of the history. This talk will explore some of this work.

Until her retirement Fiona Gale was the County Archaeologist for Denbighshire. She has been an adviser and mentor to numerous community groups, and has organised, led or participated in hundreds of events, guided tours, walks, talks, and lectures. In 2020 Fiona was appointed MBE for services to Heritage in Wales.

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