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The Radnorshire Society, established in 1930, is concerned with the archaeology and history of the historic county of Radnorshire (now part of Powys).

We welcome new members, whether they live in Radnorshire or further afield.  Benefits of membership include access to our Archive and Library, a copy of the current year’s Radnorshire Society Transactions, plus lectures and field visits to local sites of interest.

An Executive Committee manages a programme of public lectures and excursions, oversees the running of the Society’s local history library, (including its important archive of Radnorshire related material), and deals with a wide range of enquiries from correspondents world-wide.

The Field section is the research arm of the society. It organises a separate programme of talks, research, and field trips, and also publishes an annual illustrated newsletter.

The Transactions of the Society, issued annually in a bound volume, is an important scholarly publication incorporating academic research and archive material.


Archive and Library Open

Thanks to the great work by Lloyd Lewis and the Librarian Brian Matthews and others,  the Society’s Archive and Library are now open.  This is a landmark event for the Society as our extensive collection of books, documents and photographs are available to researchers and the curious.  The major task of moving the contents to its new quarters in Dolmynach House, Rhayader and its cataloguing ensure that the collection is readily available in appropriate surroundings and is easily searched.  Society members and others are encouraged to visit the Dolmynach House and see for themselves.  There is a wealth of information for the serious researcher and the casual browser – everyone with an interest in Radnorshire history will find it a stimulating and informative visit.

See our Library page for more details.


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