News & Events



SATURDAY MAY 21st 2022: AGM AND ANNUAL LECTURE.  2.30 TORFAEN MUSEUM PONTYPOOL NP4 6JH. Speaker: Sue Jones (local pharmacist) on ‘Pharmacy Whims and Whimsies’.  The AGM will follow the lecture. Members and visitors welcome. Refreshments may be served in the museum cafe afterwards, restrictions permitting. 



Saturday 2nd July 2022

LOCATION: The main hall in Oxford House which is situated behind Risca Museum at Grove Road, Risca, NP11 6GN.


9.30 –   10.00:  Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.30: Pre-industrial Risca: Professor Ray Howell.

10.35 – 11.05: Industrial Risca: Malcolm Johnson

11.05 – 11.25: Coffee/Tea

11.30 – 12.00: Transport Developments in 19th Century Risca. Christabel Hutchings

12.05 – 12.55: Lunch will be provided and there is time to visit Risca Museum next door.

1.00 –                Leave for walk to Church of St Mary the Virgin where Canon Arthur Edwards

                          will speak on the established church and nonconformity in Risca.

2.00                  Walk back to Oxford House for coffee/Tea and more time to visit Risca


3.00-3.30         Vernon Hartshorn (Welsh trade unionist & politician): Will Simms

3.35-400          The Two Widows Illustration with a link to Van Goch: Christabel Hutchings

4.00                  Dave Hale will lead an optional tour to the Canal and the mining disaster

memorial (waterproof footwear required). Note the walk there takes about 25mins and is steep in places. Only suitable for people without mobility issues. As it is July the weather should be fine and the evenings light.



By cheque if possible: Please send the £20 cheque to the Hon Secretary of the MAA, Mrs Jan Bailey, 14a Tutnalls Street, Lydney, Glos. GL15 5PF.  This includes refreshments throughout the day. Cheques should be made out to the Monmouthshire Antiquarian Association and please include an accompanying note stating that the cheque is for the Risca Day School. We would prefer payment by cheque but if you wish to pay by BACS contact the Secretary for details.

Contact details: Janet Bailey on 07766010090 or by email on

PARKING is not easy and those who have booked will be sent details. Please advise us about mobility issues and dietary requirements with your booking.


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST 2019 10.00-4.00: DAY SCHOOL (in conjunction with Monmouthshire Antiquarians and Redwick History Group).  Redwick Village Hall. Theme: The Gwent Levels.  Details to follow.

SATURDAY JUNE 8TH 2019 2.30: ANNUAL LECTURE AND AGM.  St Michael’s Centre, Pen y Pound, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD.  Lecture: The Llanerch Colliery Disaster 1890.  Tony Hopkins (Gwent Archives).  The lecture will be followed by the AGM.

Saturday July 1st 2017  10.30-4.00:  Llangwm History Day. Day School organised by Monmouthshire Antiquarian Association in conjunction with GCHA. 10.30am registration and coffee at Llangwm Village Hall:

The event aims to showcase the history of Llangwm and takes place in conjunction with the Gwent County History Association and Llangwm Monmouthshire Local History Group. The day will consist of lectures in Llangwm village hall and a walk to St Jerome’s Church with Professor Maddy Gray who will also be one of the speakers. Gwent Archivist Tony Hopkins will talk about the Commonplace book of John Gwyn. There will also be a talk by Peter Strong entitled ‘An Inspector Calls’, evidence to the Royal Commission on ‘Women and Children In Agriculture‘, 1869.  The Rev. Canon Dr. Arthur Edwards will talk about the Baptist Church and Christabel will discuss the role of the National School. A ploughman’s lunch will be served and tea and coffee provided on arrival and mid-afternoon.

 Saturday 10th June 2017 at 2.30 p.m.  (venue to be announced).  AGM and Annual Lecture.

The AGM will be preceeded by a lecture by Dr An Benson on the Troy House estate. DrBenson uis a landscape historian who recently published a book on the Troy House estate.

14th August 2016 at 3pm. A visit to Andy Seaman’s excavation at Mount St Albans near Caerleon

Andy Seaman is a senior lecturer in early medieval archaeology at Canterbury Christ Church University. He is leading an excavation looking for evidence of the early medieval chapel of Julius and Aaron.Gwent County History and the MAA have donated some funding to the excavation. Saints Julius and Aaron were British Christians who were martyred during the persecutions of the Emperor Diocletian, in about 304. Giraldus Cambrensis confirms that two churches at Caerleon were dedicated to Julius and Aaron.

DIRECTIONS The Mount St Albans is situated on the ridge road between Christchurch and  Catsash which is called Catsash Road. From Caerleon come up Belmont Hill to the top and turn left into Catsash Road. The land on either side of the road has been taken over by the Celtic Manor Golf Course. Pass the two golf club entrances on the right and just past Catsash House on the left there are two roads/lanes. The second lane will take you down to the former farm buildings of what was the site of the Mount St Albans house which was built in approximately 1840 and no longer exists. Here Andy Seaman will be excavating. Andy will put a notice at the top of the second lane, which takes us directly to the farm buildings. All members are welcome but we would like you to register with us as if the group is too large we might need to organise two group visits. Please note if you are a member of both the Monmouthshire Antiquarian Association and the Gwent County History Association you only need to register once either with Peter Strong or Richard Hutchings.

Saturday October 15th 10am-4pm   GCHA/MAA  Day School.  Gwent History Through Early Documentary Films. Films made between 1919 and 1970 covering aspects of Gwent’s industrial, social and cultural history.  Each film will be introduced by a local speaker.  St Michaels Centre, Pen y Pound, Abergavenny NP7 5UD.  £15 incluidng lunch and coffee.

Saturday June 11th 2016 2.30: GCHA AGM  at St Michael’s Centre, Pen y Pound, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD.   The businss will be followed by a lecture by Professor Ronald Hutton of Bristol University on ‘Elizabeth I and the British Isles’.

Saturday June 20th 2015: Day School -Roman Caerwent

Held in conjuction with Monmouthshire Antiquarian Association.

Saturday June 6th 2015:  GCHA AGM

2.30 St Michael’s Centre, Penypound Road, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD.

The business will be followed by a talk: ‘Remembering the Monmouthshires: how the 1st Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment’s sacrfices in the Great War have been commemorated’.