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 Rhyl History Club  

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Programme/Rhaglen

2019-2020

Monday September 9th 7.30 pm – “Liverpool as a World Port linked to North Wales”
Mike Blackburn

Monday October 14th 7.30 pm – “Senator Richard Jenkin Jones, Montgomery farm boy and one of the founders of the State of Arizona”
David Hooson

Monday November 11th 7.30 pm – “The Welsh in Liverpool”
Mike Farnworth

Sunday December 8th 12.30 for 1 pm – Christmas lunch at The Bistro

Monday January 13th 7 pm – “From Pulpit to Parliament”
Lord Roberts, Llandudno

Monday February 10th 7.30 pm – “Lloyd George and Wales: Wales and Lloyd George”
Rufus Adams

Monday March 9th 7.30 pm – A.G.M. followed by a talk from
D. Geraint Griffith

Monday April 13th 7.30 pm “An Illustrated History of Prestatyn, part 3”
Derek Bond

Monday May 28th 6.30 pm – Visit to the Islamic Cultural Centre, Water Street, Rhyl

June – Summer Outing, to be arranged

We meet at Rhyl Community Fire Station, Coast Road, LL18 3PL
for further details: www.rhylhistoryclub.wordpress.com

or telephone: 01745 354593 or 01745 591281

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Meeting friends from China and South Korea

Rhyl History Club recently welcomed students from Goldsmith’s University (M.A. Design Programme) who are conducting research into town redevelopment focussing specifically on Rhyl. The students visited Rhyl at the end of May and were very interested to learn something of the history of Rhyl from members of our club.  They received a copy of Rhyl History Club’s Digital Archive which will assist them with their project. We all enjoyed our meeting with the students at the “Rainforest Diner” in Rhyl’s new SC2 and we look forward to being of further assistance to them with their project in the future.

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Our digital archive

In 2002 Rhyl History Club obtained a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a Digital Archive. The archive serves as a record of Rhyl’s cultural heritage.

Over 750 photographs and postcards have been scanned into the archive over the years, which otherwise could have been lost.  We made CD’s of the archive and have taken it out into the community to care homes, community groups and clubs etc.

What we have never been able to do, due to the shortcomings of the software, is to share our archive online.

However now with the help of Peoples’ Collection Wales, who have extracted the data for us, we can do just that. To view the archive click here.

One of the photographs from our archive “The beach mission”

To read more about “The Beach Mission” click here.

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Our year 2018

We have had, once again, a busy year.  Interesting speakers at our monthly meetings, a trip to the Terracotta Warriors in Liverpool, a visit to the new Rhyl High School and a wonderful Christmas lunch at The Bistro on Wellington Road.  Committee member Shirley Williams became a “Freewoman of Rhyl” and our programme secretary and past Chairman Rufus Adams presented a Centenary lecture “Lloyd George and the 1914-18 War”.

The website has had fewer “posts” this year but was still visited regularly.  We had over 50,000 views by 12,000+ visitors from 74 countries.  The U.K. topped the table with over 42,000 views, then came the U.S.A., Australia, Canada and New Zealand  – we also had views from unlikely countries such as Kazakhstan, Albania and Lebanon.  Our five most visited pages/posts were:

Photo Gallery
Rhyl in the 60’s
Kinmel Park Camp
Golden Sands
The Pier

The editor’s pick for a post to revisit from over five years ago is “Football by the Electric Light”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our new season

It’s that time of year again – our new season starts this coming Monday, September 10th.  We meet at Rhyl Community Fire Station on the Coast Road. The programme, which has been amended slightly since its first publication, is shown below. All welcome, for further details see our “About us” page.

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Dark History Tour

Cllr Alan James begins unravelling some of Rhyl’s old mysteries

Rhyl Town Council’s Dark History Tour was launched at Halloween with three mini films providing a snapshot of key stories in the town’s history.

Kinmel Street’s Mummy in the Cupboard, the story of one of the last men in Britain to be hanged and the secret of the ghost of Bodfor Street are being told as part of a permanent, virtual history tour.

The films can be viewed on a smartphone in the streets where these stories originally unfolded and are the first in a series to be unveiled with other trails set to focus on Rhyl’s famous faces and sporting history.
Rhyl History Club opened its archives to help the project with a team from Barnardo’s working with TAPE Community Music & Film to shape the content and story-boards.
Rhyl Mayor Cllr Alan James said: “Rhyl is rich in history – from murder mysteries, strange happenings to a host of famous faces, there are stories to tell at every turn. These are woven into the fabric of Rhyl life and, bit by bit, we’ll be telling them in a new way, using the latest technology.

“The Dark History tour has been a cross-Rhyl project, bringing in the history club, and working with young people through Barnardos’ providing opportunities to learn about research, film making and development. This has been as much about supporting local groups and providing an educational resource as it has about preserving local history.  Dark History is something new to discover this Halloween but the films will live on for all time.”  People will be able to unlock the films by picking up a leaflet from Rhyl Tourist Information Centre, following the map and scanning QR codes.

The films will also eventually be available in full on the town council and history club’s website.  For a preview of the films click here
Ruth Pritchard of Rhyl History Club said: “Rhyl is full of legendary stories, such as Hanratty’s murder trial which has been the subject of much
discussion, debate and legal challenges and the ghost of Bodfor Street which is believed to have been sighted many times over the years.”

“By turning these stories into film, history is being made accessible and interesting, keeping myths, legends and questions of justice alive.”

In the case of the Mummy in the Cupboard, the remains of Frances Alice Knight were discovered locked away in a Kinmel Street house,
instantly turning a 65-year-old landlady into a murder suspect. The Dark History film covers the grim discovery and what happened next in a story which generated headlines around the world.

Neil Dunsire of TAPE Community Music & Film said: “Some of these stories go back decades but, by using new technology, we are retelling
them and making them accessible to current and future generations. Working with Barnardo’s in Rhyl gave us an opportunity to provide training
for the town’s youngsters too, making this new, if not slightly gruesome, project one that that the wider local community has been able to benefit from.”

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