Protecting the Place Names of Wales


This year, for the first time, we hired a small pavilion at the National Eisteddfod (with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund). This initiative was a huge success.

The stall was busy throughout the week, and a host of visitors dropped in for a chat and to see our new display panels. A number of activities and events were held: a place-name hunt, recording names on the digital map, a talk on place-names by Einion Gruffudd (NLW Cynefin project) and Rhian Parry, and a question and answer session with Bedwyr Rees about the popular TV series Arfordir Cymru (The Coast of Wales).

As well as raising awareness of the importance of place-names, the venture was successful in gaining many new contacts and attracting a host of new members.

In the middle of the week, the Society held a lecture in association with the Cambrian Archaeological Association. The lecturer was Glenda Carr who addressed a large audience on the subject ‘Where did Anglesey’s place-names come from?’