Llafur Online Event & AGM 2023 – ‘Duw, It’s Hard’: Heritage provision, collective identity and cultural memory after coal

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Event Date: 09/12/2023
Event Starts: 9/12/23 10:00 am Event Ends: 9/12/23 12:30 pm

Llafur invites you to our latest online event and 2023 AGM.

On 23rd November 1973, Max Boyce recorded his first and most iconic album ‘Live’ at Treorchy RFC in the Rhondda. Boyce’s songs distilled the very essence of valleys Welshness and offers us a superb insight into an industrial world that had etched itself into collective memory by the early 1970s.

Fast forward fifty years and some of the core elements of this valleys identity, particularly coal mining, are gone. Indeed, in an age of global warming the very idea of fossil fuel production is toxic. This leads us to several questions around who are we, how should we engage with our past and how can we begin to reconstruct a positive collective identity in the present and future?  This paper from Darren Macey will seek to engage with this debate, map out the challenges facing us as social historians and heritage professionals and describe how we are beginning to address them in practice.


10 – 10.10am – Welcome

10.10 – 10.25am – Award of the Ieuan Gwynedd Jones Prize 2023

10.25-10.30am – Introduction of speaker by chair

10.30 – 11.15am – Talk: ‘Duw, It’s Hard’: Heritage provision, collective identity and cultural memory after coal – Darren Macey

11.15 – 11.30am – Q&A

11.30 – 11.45am – Short break

11.45am – 12.30pm – AGM

This event will take place on Zoom. You will need to register for the event via Eventbrite using the following link:


Once you have registered, details of the meeting ID and password will be emailed to you.