Bicentenary of John Dillwyn Llewelyn's birth

Events to mark the Bicentenary of John Dillwyn Llewelyn's birth and the historical, cultural and scientific legacy of the Dillwyn family

Tuesday, 12th January 

Bicentenary of the birth of John Dillwyn Llewelyn (b. 12 Jan 1810)

Friday, 5th February 
Launch of the The Dillwyn Collection Lewis Weston Dillwyn and Lewis Llewelyn Dillwyn Diaries online, a new resource of the Swansea University Archives Historical Collections.

Saturday, 20th February 
Penllergare – A Space Odyssey 
Llewelyn Hall, Penllergaer.  A family event organised by the Friends of Penllergare in association with Astro Cymru. (Free admission)
10.30am Exhibition, Workshop and Activities
2.30pm Talk. From JDL to the Universe,  Paul Haley (Director of Astro Cymru & the Share Initiative
3.30pm 200th Anniversary Tea

Wednesday, 17th March 
Residents of the Penllergare Orchideous House – A Botanist’s Perspective, Dr Kevin L Davies (research botanist & orchid specialist), 7.30pm. Llewelyn Hall, Penllergaer, organised by the Friends of Penllergare. (Free admission)

Thursday, 18th March 
The Scientific Heritage of Wales: The Way Forward, a one-day conference at Cardiff Museum, 9am-4pm.  Speakers include Professor John V. Tucker (Swansea University) whose paper, ‘A National History of Science’, includes work on the Dillwyns.  A full programme is here.  For booking and more information contact the organisers: Events Office, National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, CARDIFF, CF10 3NP; T: 029 2057 3148/3325 F: 029 2057 3321;

Thursday, 22nd April
South Wales: 250 years of Landscape Change
, Richard Keen (TV presenter & Chairman of the Historic Buildings Advisory Council), 7.30pm. Swansea Museum, Education Room.

Saturday, 15th May 
Penllergare - A Paradise almost lost 
Joint study day between West Glamorgan Branch of Welsh Historic Gardens Trust and Penllergare Trust.
10.00am - 5pm approx. at the Civic Centre, Swansea.
Tickets available from WHGT Branch Secretary, 2 Cwmbach Road, Llanelli SA15 4EF. £30 including lunch etc. £25 for members of the WHGT and Friends of Penllergare., or send an SAE to Rita Lees, West Glamorgan WHGT Branch Secretary, Coedmor, 2 Cwmbach Road, Llanelli SA15 4EF

Wednesday, 19th May
‘The Dillwyns’
, Richard Morris
2 pm, at “The Wednesday Club”, Rhossili Village Hall, Middleton: will give a talk on, £1.50 admission.. Contact Dudley Thomas, 01792 390242.

Saturday, 29th May
Shooting Stars Astronomy Workshop
In celebration of the bicentenary of John Dillwyn Llewelyn’s birth, learn about how Victorians viewed the stars in Wales and make your own stellar collage. 
Waterfront Museum, 11.30am, 1pm & 3.30pm 
Families 5 - 11. Space Today UK 
Families (age 5 – 11) / Free/Delivered by Space Today UK/ pre booking recommended Tel 01792 638950

Sunday, 30th May 
Funky Photograms!
How did early photographers make their earliest images - without a camera? Find out and make your own using just shadows and light!
National Waterfront Museum 11.30am, 1pm & 3.30pm
Families (age 5 – 11) / Free/book at reception on the day

Sunday, 30th May 
Sunday Talk and Demonstration: Early Photographic Techniques with Richard Morris FRPS 
Leading John Dillwyn Llewelyn expert Richard Morris will discuss Llewelyn’s pioneering work in the field of photography and bring alive his techniques in a practical demonstration.
National Waterfront Museum, 2.30 pm Adults/Free/seating first come first served

Friday, 25th June
Swansea Museum
Evening Lecture hosted by the Learned Society of Wales: Professor Prys Morgan, "On the importance of societies in Wales from 18th century to the present moment."

Saturday, 3rd July 
John Dillwyn Llewelyn’s Penllergare 
A walk round the Penllergare estate
2.15pm. Meet in the Penllergaer Council Office Car Park, (off the A48).
Saturday, 18th September 
John Dillwyn Llewelyn’s Photographic Legacy  Leading John Dillwyn Llewelyn expert Richard Morris will give a talk and demonstration of the calotype photographic process of 1841 as used by JDL.
[Time to be confirmed], at the Woodland Centre, Penllergare.
Bookings only as space limited from Friends of Penllergare, Coed Glantawe, Esgairdawe, Llandeilo SA19 7RT or 01558 650416
Saturday, 13th November
‘Images of Glamorgan’
Glamorgan History Society Day School
A one-day event at The Orangery, Margam including a talk on John Dillwyn Llewelyn by Richard Morris, a talk on Early Photography in Glamorgan by Carolyn Bloore.  Contact