We are delighted to announce that the 95th Annual General Meeting of the Ancient Monuments Society will take place on Saturday 6 July 2019 at Gregynog Hall, Powys, near Newtown, Wales. The meeting will be chaired by the Society’s President, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Inglewood DL.
All members and their guests are most welcome to attend, but please let us know in advance if you are coming and if you would like tea.
“Far from any city yet at the heart of Welsh history, art and politics,” Gregynog Hall in Powys is a Grade II* listed building incorporating early C17 panelling from an earlier house. It was rebuilt in the 1840s for Charles Hanbury-Tracy, 1st Baron Sudeley, and by 1872 the house had taken its present form, of brick clad in concrete and painted to imitate the local timber-framed tradition. The grade I listed gardens are considered highly important in their own right, and our visit will include self-guided access to the grounds. Gregynog was home to the Davies sisters, Gwendoline (1882-1951) and Margaret (1884-1963), the granddaughters of David Davies, Welsh industrialist, coal pioneer, and strict Calvinistic Methodist. They were educated in Wales and travelled extensively in Europe, adding a sophisticated knowledge of art history to their profound sense of religious duty. Both served with the French Red Cross in WWI, and they bought Gregynog in 1920, founding the private Gregynog Press, and the Gregynog Music Festival, Wales’s oldest celebration of classical music.
The sisters believed in widening access to art and culture, championing and funding forward-looking initiatives, and donating many important works to the National Museum Wales (Amgueddfa Cymru) and elsewhere. Gregynog Hall itself was bequeathed to the University of Wales, in whose care it continues to be a cultural centre, and a memorial to the Davies sisters as art collectors and public benefactors.
We will also have the opportunity to visit the Robert Owen Memorial Museum in Newtown on the morning of Saturday 6 July, thanks to a local member. The museum commemorates one of Newtown’s sons, who became a prominent social reformer of the 19th century.
Members will receive more information on timings, directions and other activities in the region in the AGM Notice, which has been posted out with the Summer Newsletter. If you are missing your copy, please get in touch.
There will be afternoon tea available at £12 per person, and a coach to and from Newtown station has been arranged for those arriving by train; please book in advance for both, and for the museum visit, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org calling the office on 020 7236 3934 or returning the form sent to you with the AGM Notice.