The Beginnings of the National Eisteddfod

Aberdare, 1861: Dafydd Morgannwg's medal

We have chosen three medals from the Museum's collection. One of them is this striking medal from the first National Eisteddfod in Aberdare in 1861. It belonged to the famous Dafydd Morgannwg, David Jones, who won this medal for an essay on the history of Glamorganshire. It was published and is still a very important book today. Incidentally, the Prince of Wales feathers on this fine medal tell us a great deal about the way the Welsh longed for the royal family's seal of approval on their activities.