Local & Family
History Society


Cymdeithas Hanes
Lleol & Theuluoedd

Project Work

The Society has an active team of volunteers carrying out individual and group research such as:

  • Brecon 1901 Project: The aim of this year-long project, launched in September 2016, is to create a dynamic portrait of Brecon as it was in 1901. The outcome will be two new BLFHS publications and an exhibition providing a public presentation of what the town looked like in that year. For further details, see our Noticeboard.

  • Transcribing, indexing and publishing Parish Church and Chapel Records: baptisms, marriages, burials, and other records. This transcription work is being undertaken by our team of transcribers, coordinated by Mary Zorkoczy.
    Details of the records we have published online, together with those currently in preparation, are available here. Please note that most of these records are held in the Members Only section of the website.

  • Transcribing Monumental Inscriptions (gravestones and memorials) in local burial grounds, e.g.
    • Troedrhiwdalar Chapel (completed April 2012);
    • St Bride's Church, Llansantffraed (work in progress);
    • St David's Church, Llanddew (commenced Sep 2011 and passed on to local community group);
    • St David's Church, Llanfaes (scheduled for 2017);
    • St Illtyd's Church, Llanilltud (completed December 2016).
    • St Michael's Church, Llanfihangel Cwmdu (to be arranged).

  • Researching and recording memories of shops and businesses in Brecon town. Several successful exhibitions have been held, but work continues on this project. We have already published two books focusing on The Bulwark and High Street Inferior, which list the location of businesses along these streets since 1841. However, there are lots of gaps and certainly some errors. The books are available at Brecon Library and we invite the public to amend and improve the information they contain.This research is continuing for High Street Superior and Ship Street.

  • Researching Brecon during WW1 culminating in September 2014 in an exhibition of different aspects of the impact of the Great War on Brecon town. The exhibition was part of History Week 2014.

  • Producing leaflets to assist in family history research using locally available records as well as internet resources (work in progress).

  • Collecting, scanning, and exhibiting old photographs of Breconshire (work in progress). Our Society has been given permission to use the Clark Collection of old photographs, taken by Jack Clark. In cooperation with Brecknock Museum, a highly successful exhibition of the Collection was held in May 2014. Currently, we are trying to identify the people in the pictures. We have twelve books of photographs, available on request.

  • The Mountain Centre and Mynydd Illtyd: Early in 2015, the Society was invited to prepare a collection of nine panels showing some aspects of the history of The Mountain Centre and Mynydd Illtyd. Some of the research is based on the personal memories of people who have lived or worked on The Common.

  • History Week 2020:┬áMore details will follow