The Owain Glyndŵr Society was established in 1996 as the result of an initiative by Adrien Jones of Llandeilo. Its overarching aim is to honour the memory of one of the greatest figures in Welsh history, and it originally focussed on three specific tasks:
1. To erect a fitting monument to Owain Glyndŵr: a monument was unveiled in Machynlleth on September 16th, 2000 to mark the 600th anniversary of the start of the Uprising;
2. To attempt to identify Owain’s grave and mark it appropriately: a survey was carried out at Monnington Straddel in 2003 but with inconclusive results;
3. To endow a scholarship in his name: a silver salver is presented to the winner of the Alumnus Prize Wrexham Glyndŵr University each year.
The society has been active in enhancing awareness of Owain’s massive contribution to Welsh history by:
* Campaigning for medieval Welsh history to be a mandatory element of the curriculum in Welsh schools;
* Presenting displays at local history events, St. Fagans, the National and Urdd Eisteddfods, and other festivals;
* Promoting Glyndŵr’s name and story to a larger audience through the Society’s website and Facebook page.
The society is non-political and non-sectarian, and has been supported by prominent figures in Welsh life, including members of all the major political parties from the Senedd and both Houses of Parliament. It operates a full bilingual policy, and is a registered charity.
(Registered Charity Number 1073847).