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EVANS , ELLEN ( 1891 - 1953 ), principal of the Glamorgan Training College, Barry ;

b. 10 Mar. 1891 at 17 Dorothy St. , Gelli , Rhondda, Glam. , the daughter of John and Ellen Evans , both of whom came to the Rhondda from their native Cardiganshire in 1871 . Educated at Rhondda secondary school and at the Rhondda pupil-teachers centre , she entered the University College at Aberystwyth in 1911 and gained a degree in Welsh in 1914 . Appointed a lecturer at the Glamorgan Training College in 1915 , she was promoted to the post of Principal in 1923 . Ellen Evans took a particular interest in the use of the Welsh language in schools and colleges; her books, The Teaching of Welsh ( 1924 ), based on her M.A. thesis; Llawlyfr i athrawon ( 1926 ); and Cynllun Cymraeg ( 1927 ) were of great assistance to teachers in the early days of the development of Welsh-medium education in schools. She published Y Mabinogion i'r plant in 4 vols. ( 1924 ); Hwiangerddi Rhiannon ( 1926 ); and Y Wen Fro ( 1931 ), a volume on historical places in Glamorganshire , to meet the need for Welsh-language texts for children.

Ellen Evans was a member of several public bodies. She was the only woman on the Departmental Committee on Education , 1925-27 , and the first woman to be elected to the court of the Medical School (later, the University of Wales College of Medicine ). She was a member of the executive committee of Coleg Harlech from its foundation in 1927 and later served as vice-president of the college ; she was also a member of the courts of the university colleges at Aberystwyth and Cardiff and a vice-president of Urdd Gobaith Cymru . She was the first chairman of the Welsh branch of the Nursery School Association . A regular lecturer , eisteddfod adjudicator and broadcaster , Ellen Evans was an enthusiastic supporter of Welsh-medium schools and of Welsh culture in general. Ellen Evans , supported by other Welsh women strong in their support of Wales and the Welsh language, had an immense influence on thousands of students who came to the college at Barry . She was appointed C.B.E. in 1948 . She d. 26 Sept. 1953 and was survived by three sisters.


  • Y Gymraes , 38, 41-4;
  • Who was who? ;
  • Western Mail , 28 Sept. 1953 .


Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001