West Glamorgan Archive Service

Rowley Davies Collection

Reference code(s): GB 0216 DD RMD

Held at:

Title: Rowley Davies Collection

Short title: Davies, Rowley, collection

Dates of creation: [1870s]-1992

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 1.8 linear meatres

Name of creator(s): Rowland Morton ('Rowley') Davies (1908-95)


Administrative and biographical history: Rowland Morton (Rowley) Davies (1908-1995) was a local historian and local government worker born in Swansea in 1908. He was a keen gardener and sportsman and wrote on table tennis and local rugby in the South Wales Evening Post. In the 1920s and 1930s he was involved in amateur dramatics. From 1938 he worked in Swansea's ARP Department, witnessing the blitz at first hand. In 1944 he moved to the Borough Engineer's Department and worked on the reconstruction of the town centre. From 1962 he began conducting historical slide shows on behalf of the Planning Department, which developed into his series 'Down Memory Lane of Old Swansea'. He moved to the Land Charges division in 1965 but continued to give the slide shows with increasing regularity. He also collected old photographs to add to those already in the Council's possession, building up a collection that later became the nucleus of Swansea City Archives Office's photographic archive. He also made regular contributions on local history to the South Wales Evening Post and Herald of Wales. In March 1974 the new Swansea City Council appointed Davies as curator of its photographic collection. He expanded his lecture programmes and in the summer gave talks to visitors to Swansea. After he retired in 1977 he continued his slide shows on a voluntary basis until the last years of his life. Rowley Davies died 9 June 1995.


Scope and content: Papers of Rowley Davies, [1870s]-1992, comprising files of photographs, press cuttings, articles and correspondence, [1870s]-1991, including files on the Blitz on Swansea, 1918-1991, the Mumbles train, [1870s]-1985, Swansea suburbs, [1870s]-1990, and articles for the South Wales Evening Post, [1930s]-1984; letters, 1975-1988; books and articles on the history of Swansea, 1875-1992; slides arranged for lectures, [20th century].


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: files of photographs, press cuttings, articles and correspondence; published books and articles; slides arranged in order for lectures; slides arranged by subject.

Conditions governing access: Series D/D RMD 4 is currently not available for consultation.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at West Glamorgan Archive Service. Slides arranged by subject and sound recordings re uncatalogued.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: It is the policy of the West Glamorgan Archive Service to withhold the names of depositors.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: West Glamorgan Archive Service, Catalogue of the Papers, etc. of Rowland Morton ('Rowley') Davies (1908-95) 'The Rowley Davies Collection'; Collis, Kim, West Glamorgan Archive Service - A Guide to the Collections (West Glamorgan Archive Service, 1998).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: October 2005



Swansea (Wales) | History | 19th century

Swansea (Wales) | History | 20th century

Swansea (Wales) | Photographs

Swansea (Wales) | Slides

World War, 1939-1945 | Wales | Swansea | Photographs

Personal names

Davies, Rowley (Rowland Morton), 1908-1995

Corporate names