Llanelli Community Heritage
Preserving local history and heritage… by honouring the role of Llanelli in an iconic moment in Welsh history
Llanelli Community Heritage is a volunteer -led charity which promotes the local community’s rich heritage. As well as holding public talks and guided walks, Llanelli Community Heritage promotes the local history through its heritage trail which includes interpretive heritage panels and blue plaques across the area. Thanks to the work undertaken already by the group there are currently 45 blue plaques, an unusual and impressively high number, which identify historically important buildings, individuals, events and sites in Llanelli and the District.
The group has been recognized by English for its commitment to celebrating local history, and the media regularly call upon the knowledge of the members to contribute to discussions on local and national history. Llanelli has suffered badly from the recent economic downturn, but this group works hard to celebrate achievements and increase pride in their local community.
With the £1,000 grant from the Fund for Wales Llanelli Community Heritage has been able to recognize a site which has much significance to the Rebecca Riots. The events of 1843 had a significant impact both to the local area and to farmers across Wales as they had recently struggled through several years of poverty exacerbated by the introduction of the toll-gate tax, which triggered the riots. This iconic moment in Welsh history is now recognised in the town.
By placing an interpretive panel at the sight of one of the formative Rebecca riots, Llanelli Community Heritage has raised local awareness of the national significance of the site. The group believes it is important for the community to have their history presented in an accessible way, bringing history and heritage out of the libraries and into the lives of the local people. This interpretive panel enhances the existing Llanelli Heritage Trail. BBC Newsreader and presenter, Huw Edwards, will formally unveil the panel this Autumn.