This year marks the tenth anniversary of the revival of the Swansea Branch


Chairman:  Colin Wheldon James 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7  

Colin is an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association. Until recently, he was chairman of the HA’s Branches & Members Committee and a Trustee of the Association. Within the Branch, as well as being chairman, he is manager of both the Outreach Speakers Group and the Outreach Courses Group, and is group leader of the Swansea Castle Group. Colin is a History graduate of the University of Wales Swansea, where he also gained a Diploma in Local History, and he lectures Medieval European History at Swansea University’s Department of Adult Continuing Education. He holds membership of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and is chairman of the Llansamlet Historical Society. His published works include A Study Based on the Clerk’s Report Book of the Swansea Local Board of Health, 1855–1866, ‘Swansea’s First Charter’ (in Minerva, vol xii), ‘The Miraculous Crusade’ (in The Historian, vol 105), ‘Out and About in Swansea Castle’ (in The Historian, vol 118), ‘The Decline of Capital Punishment in the 19th Century’ (in Llanelli Miscellany, vol 29) and ‘Dr Joseph Parry: the Story of Wales’s Greatest Composer’ (in The Historian, vol 140). In addition, he is a director of Pastoral Audiobooks, a company producing talking books with historical topics.

Treasurer:  Raymond Savage 1, 3, 4, 5, 7

Ray was born in Birmingham but has spent most of his life in the Swansea area. He studied Chemistry in Swansea and Liverpool. After short spells working for Kraft Foods in Manchester and Duport Steel in Neath he joined International Nickel [INCO (Europe) and which is now called Vale INCO]. Ray worked as a Research Chemist helping in the development of new processes and in some cases taking the new process through all stages from initial bench work to full scale production. There were many changes of role over the years and he completed his working life in the role of Environmental Officer. He retired in 2000. He is interested in music and history, sings in a Male Voice choir and also helps children with their reading in a local primary school. As well as being Treasurer of the Swansea branch of the Historical Association, he is an active member of the branch’s Outreach Speakers Group and is secretary of the Llansamlet Historical Society.

Vice-chairman:  David Grindrod 2

David grew up and was educated in Sussex where he started his first career: a police constable in the Sussex Police Force. Within a couple of years he moved on to his second career: Health Service Finance. Following this, he moved on to Kent, and then in 1975 to Carmarthen where he worked in assorted Health Service positions until finally retiring from West Wales General Hospital in 2010. So far as committee experience is concerned, David has been treasurer of trade union branches for a part of his career and since his retirement has been chairman of the Friends of Carmarthenshire County Museum and the Carmarthen branch of the University of the Third Age. He is currently manager of the Branch’s Outreach Courses Group, treasurer of Cwmduad Community Centre and chairman of the U3A West Wales Network.

Branch Executive Officers

Secretary:  John White 2

John is a familiar face in Swansea’s historical community. As well as being the branch’s secretary, John is also involved with the Oystermouth Historical Association and the South Wales Western Front Association.