Local History

Rhayader is a town with an incredibly rich heritage. 
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Traditions and Changes 2020

Local people reflect on the festive period, what it means to them, and their own histories.

As with so much else during the coronavirus pandemic, this was made under the demands of social distancing. It was primarily recorded over zoom, with the sound and video quality that comes as part of that. This is what our lives looked like in 2020.

With thanks to Our Participants: Kerena Pugh, Ellen Cox, Jane Narborough, Sandra Betty, Catherine Allan, Krysia Bass, Jen Newman, Jill Exton, Pippa Boss, Ric Johnson, Reverend Lance Sharp, Del Ho Sang, and Naoko ‘ Yogi’ Takiguchi.
Our Production Team: Catherine Allan, Krysia Bass, Matt Rose, and Aster Woods
And a special thanks to First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, for use of his December 2020 speech concerning the coronavirus restrictions.
Made possible by Welsh Government’s Community Cohesion Fund.

A Tale of Two Trees

The story of the Christmas Trees of Rhayader and Cwmdauddw is an important local tradition.

Watch the film all about it here!

It was made in 2014, with footage dating back to the early 90’s.

Produced & directed by Alan Samuel, Ric Johnson and Toby Hay. 

The Rhayader Jewels

This video describes the discovery of the world-famous Rhayader Jewels, a Roman hoard, currently on display at the British Museum.

Also details the discovery of the Bronze age Llanwrthwl Torcs, currently on display at the Amgueddfa Cymru / National Museum Wales.

A CARAD Volunteer Film Group Production, June 2011
Supported by Redweather Productions
With thanks to all contributors:
Rhian Hill (Narration)
Jeff Spencer – The Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust
Richard Hobbs – The British Museum, London
Adam Gwilt – Amgueddfa Cymru / National Museum Wales

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