90th Anniversary Exhibition of Aberystwyth Peace Congress

The League of Nations Visit to Aberystwyth 1926

 

Cover of the Congress ProgrammeNinety years later, an exhibition outlining the fascinating history of the visit of the International Federation of League of Nations Societies to Aberystwyth will be held at the Hugh Owen Library, Aberystwyth from 20th of June to 29th of July 2016.

Initially planned for Dresden, it was Aberystwyth that finally hosted the congress between 29th of June and the 3rd of July 1926. The anomaly of the location is best captured by this list of other cities visited by the Federation: 1919 Paris, 1919 London, 1919 Brussels, 1920 Milan, 1920 Geneva, 1922 Prague, 1923 Vienna, 1924 Lyon, 1925 Warsaw, 1926 Aberystwyth, 1927 Berlin, 1928 The Hague, 1928 Prague, 1929 Madrid.

The exhibition provides an insight into the workings of the post-WW1 peace making initiative and stands as further evidence of the commitment and influence of David Davies MP, grandson of the famous David Davies, Llandinam, and brother of the Gregynog sisters Gwendoline and Margaret Davies. An account of the congress also indicates the support of the local community and the local attractions visited by the esteemed delegates.

The Hugh Owen Library is open between 8.30 and 5.30 Monday to Friday.

Further in-depth information, researched by Elgan Davies, can be found here and on https://aberrarebooks.wordpress.com/.

Other relevant links include the on-going search for peace and remembrance at Aberystwyth and the on-going work at the David Davies Memorial Institute .

 

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