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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 5 payable annually in April, members of the Society, either individuals or institutions, are entitled to buy its publications at a substantial discount and are kept informed of new publications and of the Society's meetings.



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Recent publications

26. War Underground: Memoirs of a Bevin Boy in the South Wales Coalfield
By Michael Edmonds, edited by Christopher Wakelin.

The first-hand account of a Dorset-born Bevin Boy working underground in South Wales during the Second World War.

              25. The Correspondence of Thomas Henry Thomas, 'Arlunydd Penygarn'
Edited by Christabel Hutchings.

Edited correspondence, dating from Victorian times to the First World War, illustrating the life and interests of a remarkable man who championed and promoted the culture of Wales.

The author, Michael Edmunds, speaks to those attending the launch at Pontypridd Museum, 20 April 2013. He is flanked by editor Peter Wakelin and Kim Howells who provided the foreword.

Listen to editor, Peter Wakelin, talking to BBC's Vaughan Roderick about the book and its author.

Michael Edmunds sadly passed away on 30 March 2014. His obituary in the Guardian can be read online here.

  At 'a book launch with a difference' in July 2012, the editor's grand daughter raises the red dragon emblem which was promoted by artist, antiquarian and Welsh cultural nationalist, Thomas Henry Thomas, during his lifetime. It was accepted as the badge of the Prince of Wales in 1901 and  became the Welsh Flag in 1953.

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