NEATH ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY
(PRESERVING OUR LOCAL HISTORICAL HERITAGE)
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Today, the Society can reveal its involvement with a soon to be broadcast BBC television programme:
Next week in the popular family history programme Who Do You Think You Are? the Welsh actor Ruth Jones discovers the history of her family and learns about the contribution of her grandfather Henry Richard Jones to the provision of medical services.
Before the creation of the National Health Service people had to make their own arrangements to pay for the services of family doctors; poor families without the means to pay sometimes went without the care they needed. In the absence of provision by the state, local voluntary medical aid societies were set up to provide medical care in return for a modest subscription. It is quite well known that Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the National Health Service, drew on the inspiration of the Tredegar medical aid society in preparing his plans. What is less well known is that Neath had a similar organisation in the shape of the Neath and District Medical Aid Society.
Ruth Jones's grandfather Henry Richard Jones was a leading light in the Neath Medical Aid Society which was founded in 1914 and went on to provide services for the people of Neath before it was overtaken by the creation of the National Health Service in 1948. The society originally had contracts with local GP practices but also advertised for its own doctors. In 1939 Henry Jones was living in 115 London Road where he was described as a dispenser and secretary to the society. The society had obtained planning permission for the building of a surgery at Arthur Street in what seems to have been the original garden of the London Road property. The building which stands on the site will be familiar to local residents as the Arthur Street dentists practice previously a doctor's surgery. The production team were assisted by Neath Antiquarian Society in researching Ruth's family history.
The programme will be shown on BBC1 Wales at 9 PM on Monday 26th October. It will be available later on the iPlayer.
WHAT WAS IN
The Diary of Llewelyn Williams of Dyffryn
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MONTHLY MYSTERY IMAGES
(Two this month)
Not all our images are from way back - for change these two are from recent times
One for the railway enthusiasts. What was all the fuss about in 2002 on New Year's Day; the naming of a locomotive, visit by a film star, or royalty maybe? It's assumed to be Neath - what do you remember!
Neath has a number of streets that are similar to this one. Those of you who live in, or frequent the area may be able to name this particular one precisely!
Answer to the previous mystery images:
Neither of last month's images drew any conclusive results and so they are returned to the pile with 'best guess' comments.
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Neath Mechanics' Institute, Church Place, Neath, home of the Society
Formed in 1923 (from the earlier Neath Philosophical Society of 1834), the Neath Antiquarian Society has taken a leading role in recording, preserving and safeguarding Neath's historical heritage. Therefore, the Society began to collect archives relating to the local area and further afield.
Over the decades a considerable amount of material was amassed, dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries, but this was not available to the general public and lacked a proper catalogue. The year 2001 saw the launch of the project 'Unlocking Neath's Archival Heritage', a joint venture between the Neath Antiquarian Society and the West Glamorgan Archive Service: with Heritage Lottery Funding, the entire archive collection was catalogued in detail by staff from the West Glamorgan Archive Service to make it fully available to the public for the first time in 2003.
Where can the documents be seen?
The Neath Antiquarian Society archive collections are held at the Neath Mechanics' Institute. Click here for details of opening hours.
What archives are available?
Records of the Neath Antiquarian Society
Research papers of prominent local historians connected with the Society.
Borough of Neath & Neath Corporation records.
Records of manors and estates, including Gnoll, Eaglesbush, Briton Ferry, Bach-y-gwreiddyn, Little Hill, etc.
Coytrahen and Neath Abbey Estate records.
Collections of documents regarding local events, businesses, chapels and industry.
Maps and plans of the local area.
Advertising material & other related ephemera.
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1. Thanks to the County & City of Swansea and their officials for providing information pages relating to the Neath Antiquarian Society within their website and for their continued support of the Society's objectives.
2. Thanks to Neath Heritage Scene - for inaugurating this website and also for its work in the common aim of preserving our local history and heritage for present and future generations.
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