29. I hope to have a good passage...: the business letters of Captain Daniel Jenkins, 1902-1911. Edited with an introduction by David Jenkins.
It is due to be
launched in the Ocean Room of the National Waterfront Museum,
Swansea on Saturday 10th December from 11.30am-1.30pm. Further details about the event can be found here.
volume comprises the text of a 500-page copy letter-book kept by
Captain Daniel Jenkins (1871-1922) between 1902 and 1908 and in
1910-11, during periods when he was in command of several Cardiff tramp
steamers. These letters are probably unique as it seems likely that
they are the sole remaining first-hand record of the trades plied by
such vessels in the early twentieth century. What we learn from them is
that there was far more to the south Wales shipping industry at the
time than simply exporting coal. Not only did the tramp steamers
distribute what was at that time the world’s premium fuel source to
countries lacking in their own energy resources, but they also played a
vital part in the provision of basic foodstuffs for the growing
industrial populations of the UK and northern Europe. They add to our
understanding of the incredibly complex economy and society that
existed in south Wales and beyond in the early years of the twentieth
28. Cas Gan Gythraul: demonology, witchcraft and popular magic in eighteenth century Wales. By T.P., edited by Lisa Tallis.
This unique, relatively
short, text offers the fullest treatment of witchcraft in Wales in the
vernacular, during the early eighteenth century.
The author shares his own experiences and beliefs and those of his
neighbours and acquaintances, by relating his conversations to the
reader, giving his work a rich and authentic feel.
Our first bilingual publication, the book was launched at Swansea
Museum on 24 October 2015. The editor is pictured here with her family
at the event.