Contact Details

Dr David Jenkins
The Collections Centre
Heol Crochendy
Parc Nantgarw
CF15 7QT

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3560

Staff Name

Dr David Jenkins

Job Title

Honorary Research Fellow

Areas of Responsibility:

Transport collections, maritime, railways, road transport, ships, shipping.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

BA, PhD History (Wales); Honorary Research Fellow, Department of History & Classics, Swansea University; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London; co-editor, Cymru a’r Môr/Maritime Wales; member of the editorial board of Folk Life; Member, British Commission for Maritime History.

Research Interests

Main research interests are in Welsh merchant shipping history from c. 1750 to the present day (publications include books and articles related to this theme); specialised in the history of Cardiff’s tramp shipping industry, looking at such aspects as the development of the local shipowners’ association, individual shipowners such as Sir William Reardon Smith, and the history of shipping companies founded at Cardiff by natives of the coastal communities of north and west Wales in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 


Transport collections, maritime, railways, road transport, ships, tramp shipping, shipping companies, shipowners.

Selected Publications

Jenkins, D. 2014. Smith, Sir William Reardon, 1st Baronet of Appledore, co. Devon, 1856-1935. (login required).

Jenkins, D. 2013. Shipping at Cardiff: photographs from the Hansen Collection, 1920-1975 (2nd edition, Cardiff: University of Wales Press). 

Jenkins, D. 2005. Llafurwyr y Môr/The Toilers of the Sea (The first Aled Eames Memorial Lecture, Partneriaeth Moelfre Partnership).

Jenkins, D. 2004. Llongau Pwllparc, Rag & Bones Jones a’r Welsh Greeks: rhai o berchnogion llongau Cymreig Caerdydd, Cof Cenedl, XIX.

Jenkins, D. (ed.) 1999. The Historical Atlas of Montgomeryshire, (Powysland Club).