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Swansea University
David Rhys Grenfell collection

Reference code(s): GB 0217 SWCC : MNC/PP/10

Held at: Swansea University

Title: David Rhys Grenfell collection

Short Title: David Rhys Grenfell collection

Creation date(s): 1898-1947

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 1 envelope

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Administrative/Biographical history: Rt. Hon. David Rhys Grenfell was born in 1881 at Penrheol, Gorseinon. He was the son of a coal-miner and he himself went to work underground aged 12 in 1893. He continued to work in the mine for 23 years. During that time he also studied and eventually qualified as a Colliery Manager. In 1905 he married Beatrice Morgan and they had a daughter, Eileen in 1907. In 1916 he became a Miners' Agent. He became prominent in the local labour movement and in 1920 was adopted as prospective Labour candidate for Gower. He first won the seat in 1922, holding it until 1959.
David Rhys Grenfell took a great interest in the concerns of the miner and had a significant part in the negotiations which led to the Coal and Cattle Agreement of 1935. He sat on the Miners' Welfare Scholarship Committee 1930-1935 and was a member of the Royal Commission on Safety in Mines 1935-1938. In 1940 he was chosen by Winston Churchill to be the Secretary for Mines, a position he held for two years. He later became Chairman of the Welsh Parliamentary Party. He was often known as `Dai'. He died in 1968.


Scope and content/abstract: Notebook, 1898 containing handwritten extracts of papers, reports and other information regarding the coal industry and some copies of letters in French.
Brochure, 1947, commemorating the 25th Anniversary of David Rhys Grenfell's election to Parliament.


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Conditions governing access: Accessible to all researchers by appointment. Please note that some collections contain sensitive information and access may be restricted.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

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Language codes: english, welsh and french


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Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Coal miners | Trades unions | Wales, South
Coal mines and mining | Safety measures
Wales | Politics and government | 20th century

Personal names
Grenfell , David Rhys , 1881-1968

Corporate names
Great Britain | Parliament. | House of Commons

Glamorgan (Wales)
Gower (Wales)

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