David Davies, often cited as the first Welsh millionaire, was responsible for the development of railways within Wales and was also the man behind the creation of Barry Docks. Alongside these enterprises, he also found success as a colliery owner, earning the nickname “Davies the Ocean” for his development of... read more →
One of the many unusual items to be found at Glamorgan Archives is a poster, approximately 2ft by 3ft, produced in 1920, offering a £250 reward for information leading to the arrest of the thief or thieves who had broken into a jewellery shop in central Cardiff... Read more....
On 1 March St David’s Day is celebrated in Wales, providing schools and communities with an opportunity to mark the occasion by holding parades, dressing in welsh national costume, singing and celebrating all things Welsh. Read More...
Hail! genial season of the year To faithful lovers ever dear Devoted be this day to praise My Anna’s charms in rustic lays Read More...
The Glamorgan Archives holds a large number of items that tell the story of the Glamorgan Constabulary from its creation in 1841. One of the more unusual items is a poem penned by Police Sergeant Caleb Morris (PS 175) in 1918 entitled, ‘A Tribute to the Glamorgan Constabulary’. Read More...... read more →
On 25th January, the birthday of Robert Burns, Scottish people across the world will be celebrating Burns Night. Here in Cardiff, festivities were traditionally organised by the Cardiff Caledonian Society, whose members would gather together for their annual Burns Night dinner. Read More...
Here, are the stiffening hills, here, the rich cargo Congealed in the dark arteries, Old veins That hold Glamorgan’s blood. The midnight miner in the secret seams, Limb, life, and bread. – Mervyn Peake, Rhondda Valley Mervyn Peake’s poem, Rhondda Valley.... Read More
Within the Collection at Glamorgan Archives are the family papers of the Reverend Henry Bowen, parish priest at St. Catherine’s Church, Canton, Cardiff. The extensive archive covers the lifetime of Henry Bowen and his wife Annie. This period of the 20th century witnessed two world wars, the depression of the... read more →
When the Glamorgan Constabulary was formed in 1841 there was a pressing need across the county for suitable station houses for the new force. In his first report to the General Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the County, on 30th August 1841, the newly appointed Chief Constable, Captain Charles... read more →
One hundred and twenty years ago, the centre of Cardiff was transformed for the Fine Art, Industrial and Maritime Exhibition which ran from May to October 1896. It was a huge event which took years of planning and which drew over one million visitors to Cardiff. The plan to hold... read more →