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Heritage Day - Insole Court, Cardiff

Cardiff & Vale Branch  - Saturday 9th June 2018

10:00am – 4:00pm

Come and join us at our Heritage Day to discover all you need to know about tracing your family history. It’s taking place in the beautiful Victorian mansion house and grounds of Insole Court, Fairwater Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2LN.  

Family History Talks

We are delighted to have three speakers join us through the day each. Booking is essential for these talks as seating is limited. Tickets are priced at £5.00 each and can be purchased directly from the Insole Court Visitor Centre insolecourt.org  (www.insolecourt.org)

10:30am            “170 years of the Insole Family and Insole Court” - Elaine Davey          

Elaine Davey Trustee of Insole Court will be sharing her research on the  interesting history of the mansion house and family through the generations. 

As well as being a Trustee of Insole Court, Dr Elaine Davey, also fulfils that role for Ruperra Castle and Coed Craig Ruperra Woodlands Trusts. She is also Chair of the Wales group of the Victorian Society and the South and Mid Glamorgan branch of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, and represents the latter on the Wales Heritage Group. She had a long association with NADFAS (now the Arts Society) serving in committee roles and finally becoming Area Chair in 2012 for 3 years. Elaine is also a Director of Cardiff Civic Society and currently involved with the Newport Market Arcade Townscape Heritage Initiative, Mamhilad Arts Project and Save the Coal Exchange.

12:00pm           “Researching and publishing your family history” - Nick Barratt

Join Nick Barratt as he uses a case study from his own background and explains how you can turn an interesting family anecdote into a compelling story by focusing on the historical context of an ancestor, fleshing out the biographical details with layers of information from an array of unusual sources.

Nick Barratt is an author, broadcaster and historian best known for his work on BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are. He is an honorary Associate Professor of Public History at the University of Nottingham, director of University of London’s Senate House Library, and a teaching fellow at the University of Dundee. His most recent publication, The Forgotten Spy, tells the story of his great uncle – Stalin’s first mole in Whitehall – and is working on The Restless Kings, which explores the reigns of Henry II, Richard I and John. He is currently the President of the Federation of Family History Societies and sits on the Executive Committee of the Community Archives and Heritage Group.

1:30pm               “Votes for Women and the Suffragettes” - Ritchie Wood

The Talk ‘Votes for Women (and the suffragettes!)’ will illustrate that the fight for the vote has taken place over the centuries and not as thought to be limited to recent   times. Questions are raised against the argument that it was the suffragettes who gained the vote, indeed it will be argued that their militant efforts delayed the granting of the vote for women.  Reasons why the vote was actually granted will be considered. 

Ritchie spent over forty years working abroad including long spells as a mechanical engineer in the tin mining industry in Malaysia, gold and coal mining in South Africa and lecturing at a steelworks college in Libya. On retirement, Ritchie devoted himself to the academic study of the Great War and was awarded his Doctorate at Swansea University. His book  “Miners at War 1914-1919: South Wales Miners in the Tunneling Companies on the Western Front" was published in 2016. He now enjoys giving Talks around the country on events from 1900 including both the First and Second World Wars.

11.00 am   Historical Tree Walk

Meet outside the Visitor Centre to join horticulturist Chris Powell, as he leads a walk around the grounds looking at the interesting collection of specimen trees. Chris has worked in the local authority sector in landscape design, conservation and horticulture. He is currently a volunteer garden guide at Dyffryn Gardens. The walk will last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

With thanks to the Cardiff Naturalists’ Society for organising this free walk.

Family History Fair

Meet a range of Local History Groups and Societies who can provide help and advice on researching your family history, as well as postcard sellers and other organisations.

Free of charge, the Fair is located on the ground floor of the Mansion House and in the marquee in the Stable Yard.

Refreshments available.

Children’s activities

A range of craft activities for children will be available throughout the day in the Motor House, Stable Yard.  There is also the opportunity to explore the grounds of Insole Court by following the Treasure Trail. Why not have a go at the range of Victorian games on the lawn at the back of the Mansion House.


We extend our gratitude to all our exhibitors, speakers, staff at Insole Court and volunteers for their generous support and participation.




On foot - Insole Court is one mile from the Taff Trail. Pedestrian access is available at the main Fairwater Road entrance to the north and to the south at the Vaughan Avenue entrance.

By bus – The nearest buses that operate between Cardiff city centre and Insole Court are:

  • 66 (Cardiff Bus)

Alight on Fairwater Road at Rookwood Close, walk back 150m to the North gate

  • 25, 62 or 63 Cardiff Bus) & 122 or 124 (Stagecoach)

This stop is 550m to the North Gate. Alight at Llandaff Black Lion, walk up the hill to the traffic lights, turn left into Fairwater Road, and follow the brown signs.

 By car - Insole Court is located off Fairwater Road in Llandaff and is signposted from Llandaff Village.

There is a free car park available on site, which includes three designated disabled parking bays. 

Free on-street parking.   Please show consideration for the local residents.