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The South Wales Record Society

The South Wales Record Society was established in 1982 and exists to publish a regular series of texts and other works relating to the history of South Wales, and in particular to the historic counties of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire.

Such publications allow original source materials that would otherwise only be accessible in archives and libraries to be examined by a wider readership. Each text is provided with a scholarly introduction, notes, bibliography, and other glossaries and appendices which enable the original source to be placed in its historical context.

For a subscription of 20 payable annually in April, members of the Society, either individuals or institutions, are entitled to a complimentary copy of the current year's publication and to be kept informed of new publications and of the Society's meetings.

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Recent publications

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.

This 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 century.


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.

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