The Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society was founded in 1905 and is one of the foremost County antiquarian societies in Wales. From its inception the founding members saw a need to record, publish and collect all things relating to the history, antiquities and natural history of 'Carmarthenshire in particular, and West Wales in general'. This philosophy has been maintained throughout its history. It has pursued part of its aim through scholarly publication through the Transactions (to 1939) and the Carmarthenshire Antiquary (1941 to present). It started as  a 'field club' and remains so to this day with its active programme of Field Days, supplemented by a winter programme of lectures.


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Friday, 10 November, 7.00pm
Lecture: Mapping Carmarthenshire
Speaker: Huw Thomas (NLW map curator)
Halliwell Centre, Trinity St. David, Carmarthen SA31 3EP
Contact: Menna Owen Strong

Saturday, 9 December, 12.30pm
President's Lunch followed by a lecture
Lope de Vega and George Borrow at The Gutter Fawr
The Castle Hotel, Llandovery. SA20 0AP
Contact: Hazel Martell
A Reminder; please return your completed booking form to Hazel Martell, no later than the 20 November 2017. Thank you.






Do you love Carmarthenshire? Do you care about our heritage, landscape and the environment? Would you like to be involved at the start of a something new and exciting?

At Ymddiriedolaeth Drws i'r Dyffryn - Tywi Gateway Trust - we're seeking individuals to support the community-driven redevelopment of the Bishops Park at Abergwili, Carmarthen. It's a place notable for its cultural and archaeological history but also for landscape features like the Great Meadow, the Bishop's Pond (a site of Special Scientific Interest) or the famous ‘ha-ha'. At its heart is the former Palace of the Bishops of St Davids, a Listed building, now Carmarthenshire County Museum – a treasure trove.

If you like a challenge and have experience in horticulture, the arts, the environment, fundraising, volunteering or a background in business, finance, law, museums, heritage or education – then why not join us. Our vision it to create a place that we can all be proud of - for enjoyment, recreation, learning, participation and fun! We'll be integrating our visitor facilities with those of the Museum to help assure the future of both – a truly unique partnership.

Find out more on our website and (CC3) The Essential Trustee

The Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with voting Members other than its Charity Trustees. CIO Registered No. 1167244. The role of our Trustees is to ensure that the organisation functions within legal and financial requirements of a company and charity, and to be responsible for overall governance and strategic direction.

Contact details: or 6 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo. SA19 6AE



Field Studies Council have launched their 2017 programme of arts, photography and exploring the outdoors short breaks 

I thought that you and your members might be interested in our new course programme, particularly the History and Archeology section.

For more information about all the courses and short breaks please view the brochure or browse the courses on the FSC website.


FSC is an environmental charity with a network of centres in stunning UK locations, from the stunning Scottish islands to the striking Pembrokeshire coastline.  Our breaks have expert leaders and there are a range of both one-day events and residential stays, which include comfortable full board accommodation.

I hope that you find these holidays and courses of interest. If you would like to receive any hard copies of the brochure or need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mel Cousins
Field Studies Council    01743 852118



Volume 1 Part 1, The Carmarthen Antiquary. 1941.

Please contact Jill Davies on



Following the sad loss of our longstanding Editor, Miss Muriel Bowen Evans in December 2015, the Council of the Society held an Emergency Meeting to consider the way forward. It was agreed by all, including the Acting Editor, Mrs Heather James, that we should advertise the post as widely as possible.

The Acting Editor is overseeing the production of Vol 51 (2015) and taking in material for Vol 52 (2016) with the assistance of a small Editorial Board. The Carmarthenshire Antiquary is produced annually and circulated to the membership both individual and corporate.

Applications are invited, giving an indication of relevant qualifications, experience and vision for the future to be sent to the Hon. Sec. Mrs Menna Owen-Strong, Min-yr-Afon, Llangain, Carmarthen SA33 5AH or by email to

Applications should be received by the end of July 2016 and Council and the Editorial Board will invite applicants to make an informal presentation at a meeting in late summer 2016. The future editor will have the help and support of the small editorial board.


Dominic Conway who was a member of our council and former Chairman has sadly passed away.
Click here to read a tribute to him from his colleagues at Friends of Court Farm.


Diploma in Irish Archaeology

The diploma is fully online, to facilitate the participation of folks in different countries and time zones, and is offered by experts on Irish archaeology. We currently have participants from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Canada, the United States, and Australia -  and would love to continue this diversity.

Information can be found at by clicking here and online applications can be found here.

The online brochure in PDF format can be downloaded here.


New book available from the Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society - Price £2



The Antiquarian Year under Review 2013
By Jeremy John


See some pictures of the Society's 2014 AGM