Kenneth Rowland Harris, Collection

Scope and Content

Kenneth Rowland Harris papers comprising of ten issues of The Glamorgan County Magazine; photographs of K R Harris at the Czechoslovak club, Cardiff; events and programmes; Ministry of Information papers; correspondence; papers of the Reverend William Henry Jones; National Registration Identity Card; copies of the Penarth Times; Raymond Gunter, Member Of Parliament, correspondence; records of the Jones Family of Pen-y-Peel, St Mellons including journals, correspondence and photographs

Administrative / Biographical History

Kenneth Rowland Harris was born 1905 in Neath. He was brought up in St Mellons and educated at Cardiff High School. During the 1930s he worked as a features editor on the Western Mail and was recruited to the Ministry of Information (MOI) during the Second World War. Working on Cathedral Road he helped create the MOI's 'Guide to Local Panel of Speakers and Subjects'. At this time he established the Club for Czechoslovaks in Cardiff. He subsequently became editor and publisher of the Glamorgan County Magazine between about 1948 and 1952 working from an office in Park Place. From 1952 to 1973 he was owner and editor of the Penarth Times and managing director of the associated company Pickford Printers. He founded the Penarth Civic Society and was its Chairman. He was also a founder of the Welsh Motor Rally. Kenneth Rowland Harris died March 1973 and was survived by his wife Gwynlais Harris and son, Roger.

Kenneth Rowland Harris was a cousin of Peter and Phillip Jones of Pen-y-Peel Farm, St Mellons. Philip Jones, grandfather of Peter and Phillip travelled to Australia during the goldrush of the 1850s and upon his return farmed at Pen-y-Peel as did his son, William.


Chronological within record series.

Access Information

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by a private individual, 2002, 2012 and 2015

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available online

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Good condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Annabel Wickham for the ANW Project; Sources used: Glamorgan Record Office finding aids. Revised by H Thomas for the Glamorgan Archives

Conditions Governing Use

Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply

Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Appraisal Information

All records which meet the collection policy of Glamorgan Archives have been retained.

Custodial History

The records remained in the custody of the depositor until transferred to Glamorgan Archives.


Accruals are possible