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Keith Mills Fire Services Research Papers

  • Fonds
  • 1914-2022

Original records, copies of official records, copies of press cuttings, copies of photographs, research notes and draft publications, 1914-2022, relating to fire services in south, west and central Wales, collected and compiled by Keith Mills and including the work of a number of research collaborators (mostly former firefighters), as well as correspondence between them and Keith Mills.

Mills, Keith, 1945-

Swansea, Neath and awards for firefighters

Typed transcripts of press reports and letters relating to events and issues concerning the fire service in the Swansea area between 1809 and 1974, with notes by Keith Mills; together with material relating to the Neath Fire Brigade between 1843 and 1949, comprising copies of press cuttings and other published material with manuscript notes, typescript copies of press cuttings, notes by Keith Mills and Martyn Griffiths of the Neath Antiquarian Society, and correspondence between Keith Mills and fellow researchers, especially Martyn Griffiths, concerning his research work and associated permissions; as well as copies of the London Gazette and copies and printouts of other published material relating to medals and other awards given to Welsh firefighters between 1836 and 1992, with associated correspondence between Keith Mills and a number of organisations.

Llanelli, Narberth and south and central Wales

Research work on fire brigades in Llanelli, Narberth and south and central Wales, collected by Keith Mills from a number of fellow researchers and comprising: typescript notes compiled by Benita Afan Rees concerning the history of Llanelli Fire Brigade, with related printouts from her website (no longer extant) and copies of newspaper articles, as well as typescript notes by Keith Mills and correspondence between them; a copy of an unpublished research work on Narberth Fire Brigade compiled by Whyndham Scourfield, with related notes and also copies of letters and certificates relating to his work in the fire service; a transcript by Keith Mills of notes by Ronald Griffith Pritchard on the history of fire services in south Wales, notably in Glamorgan and Monmouthshire but also including material relating to Breconshire and Radnorshire and to his own career as a firefighter, including some notes typed by Pritchard himself, as well as copies of Pritchard's work and related notes by Keith Mills; and a collection of official documents collected by Gethin Davies while working as a firefighter concerning the administration of fire services in Dyfed, West Glamorgan and Powys during local government re-organisation in the 1990s; also included are a copy of the official journal of Gelligaer Fire Brigade, 1935, copies of documents concerning the Soborg fire in Barry Docks in 1942, and photographs and a copy of a press article relating to municipal buildings in Aberavon.

Breconshire, Radnorshire, Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire

Research work on fire brigades in Breconshire, Radnorshire, Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire, collected by Keith Mills from a number of fellow researchers and comprising: original printed, typescript and manuscript circulars, reports, memoranda and correspondence created by the Breconshire and Radnorshire Joint Fire Brigade and the Home Office, 1942-1970, relating to the establishment of the brigade and the cessation of the National Fire Service, awards and commendations for firefighters, fire regulations, firefighting equipment and procedures, incidents involving the brigade, the maintenance of Brecon fire station, and rules concerning pensions and other financial matters; records created by authorities responsible for the fire service at Rhayader during the period 1935-1997 and collected by Clive Byewater, including inventories, regulations, guidelines, logs, correspondence and photographs relating to a wide range of the brigade's activities, as well as letters of thanks from members of the public, together with typescript notes by Keith Mills; copies (with some originals) of records and correspondence created by authorities responsible for and served by the fire service at Hay-on-Wye as well as associated contractors, and also press articles, collected by Alan Powell and relating to the brigade's activities during the period 1887-1967, notably administrative and financial matters as well as equipment and awards and the Evans family of firefighters, with a transcript of a press article and notes by Keith Mills; copies of photographs of personnel, equipment, documents, events and incidents relating to the Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire fire services between 1912 and the 1960s, especially the opening of fire stations, collected by Cyril Rogers and Gethin Davies, with notes by Cyril Rogers and Keith Mills, and related correspondence between Keith Mills and Gethin Davies; a manuscript minute book of the Aberystwyth Fire Brigade, 1914-1932, and a volume of notes about the brigade's history to 1941 [by Cyril Rogers]; original Home Office documents, 1941-[?1960s], and copies concerning National Fire Service inquiries, emergency measures, auxiliary firefighters, air raid precautions, displays and competitions; and correspondence between Keith Mills and various organisations regarding permissions relating to his research archive; also included is a list of some of the research material compiled by Keith Mills and dispersed throughout this archive.

Llanreath (Pembroke Dock), Llandarcy and Milford Haven

Research materials concerning the Admiralty oil depot fire at Llanreath, Pembroke Dock, in 1940, and in particular the actions of the fire brigades as well as the bravery of individual firefighters and the history of vessels involved in the incident, comprising copies and manuscript and typescript transcripts of fire brigade and Home Office logs and reports and other official records, copies of newspaper articles, copies of maps and plans, copies of photographs of firefighters and of the tug Gondia, and copies of aerial photographs taken by the Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe relating to the fires both at Llanreath and at the Admiralty oil depot at Llandarcy in 1940, with related notes by Keith Mills and correspondence between him and a number of organisations and fellow researchers concerning firefighters' bravery awards and the copying of documents and photographs, and also notes by and collected from relatives of some of the firefighters; also included are Dyfed County Fire Brigade reports of investigations into the Amoco refinery fire (1983) and the M.V. Pointsman fire (1984) at Milford Haven.

'Flames across the Tawe' and Swansea ship fires

A typescript draft of 'Flames across the Tawe', with manuscript amendments, together with material concerning fires and incidents in the port of Swansea and associated shipping between the 1940s and the 1970s, especially the Atlantic Duchess tanker explosion in 1951, comprising: original official reports and correspondence; copies of press cuttings, reports, log books, diagrams, correspondence and photographs; notes and printouts by Keith Mills; and correspondence between him and a fellow researcher relating to awards issued to members of the fire service after the Lucellum fire in 1942. Also included are: copies of press cuttings relating to fires and incidents in the town of Swansea in the same period; transcripts of minutes of the Swansea Corporation in the 1860s relating to the Fire Brigade; an original typescript copy of a report by the Pembrokeshire Fire Brigade on the Esso Portsmouth fire at Milford Haven in 1960; and correspondence between Keith Mills and a number of organisations and collaborators concerning his research and permissions relating to his archive.


First broadcast: 10 December 1957.
UID: Unknown.
Two typed scripts, one with written annotations and one without.
BBC television script for Isobel by Margaret Bonham.

Papurau Ieuan Wyn Jones

  • GB 0210 IEUWYN
  • fonds
  • 1964-2015

Ieuan Wyn Jones political papers, 1964-2015, mostly from the period when he was Member of Parliament and Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Ynys Mon, including correspondence on various topics, constituency papers, papers relating to Plaid Cymru, the leadership of Plaid Cymru and the One Wales coalition government.

Jones, Ieuan Wyn

Correspondence, notes and press cuttings

Notes on economic development, Corus Steel, Foot and Mouth Disease, a lecture on Thomas Gee and a lecture given by Ieuan Wyn Jones to the Institute of Welsh Affairs on transforming the Assembly into a parliament.

Internal Plaid Cymru Papers

Papers, including correspondence, notes and minutes relating to a restructure of the staff within Plaid Cymru, internal Plaid Cymru arrangements, the condition of the national office, Dafydd Elis-Thomas's elevation to the House of Lords and preparations for the 1992 General Election.

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