Date -Tuesday 20 March 2012
Time - 7:30pm
'Myths and Party Poopers: Why History is Often Wrong'
A Talk by Dr David Davies
What connects the 'Machynys tunnel' to the creation of the USA? 1066 was the last successful invasion of Britain - true or false? Original documents are better than Wikipedia - yes or no? This talk examines how we study History and explains why many of the assumptions people have about the subject are often wrong. Along the way it examines some widely held beliefs about the histories of Llanelli, Britain and the world and demonstrates why these are actually misleading, and sometimes downright dangerous, myths.
Dr David Davies is a full-time historian and author, he is also the chairman of the Naval Dockyards Society, a vice-president of the Navy Records Society, and a member of the Council of the Society of Nautical Research. His first non-naval book, Blood of Kings: The Stuarts, The Ruthvens and the 'Gowrie Conspiracy' was published at the end of 2010. David has written many articles for Maritime Wales, The Carmarthenshire Antiquary, The Llanelli Miscellany and LCH's 'History Files', and he is currently writing a book on the Stepneys to coincide with the opening of Llanelly House to the public