The Department of History and Classics at Swansea University has completed the first phase of path-breaking oral history project with leading Welsh Premiership rugby club Llandovery RFC.
Over the summer, third-year undergraduate student Richard Davies recorded over thirty interviews with key people in Llandovery. The interviews will provide a unique resource which members of the community can use to explore and represent the club's rich history and heritage.
Richard said: 'Carrying out the Oral History Project at Llandovery RFC was a fantastic experience. Practising oral history was a new challenge but what better way than to do it in a rugby environment. I enjoyed every minute of it and admit to being star-struck at meeting the great men of The Drovers. I thank everyone for such such a warm welcome and I wish the club good luck in this new season. Ymlaen Borthmyn!'
Bryan Weaver who conceived and developed the idea for the project is very pleased with the way things have gone so far. He said: 'There has been a really good response from Club members to this project. We are very grateful to the members who have been interviewed to date, for giving their time and sharing their knowledge and anecdotes. We are now looking at ways to give even more members the chance to contribute.'
The Chairman of the club, Handel Davies, said 'This exciting new initiative has been enthusiastically received by all those who have contributed and we look forward to hearing what are sure to be some very interesting, enlightening, and no doubt entertaining stories.'
Club Secretary and Swansea graduate Robin Barlow added: 'Llandovery RFC is delighted with the outcome of its collaborative project with Swansea University to record personal memories of the history of the Club over the past 50 years. Richard Davies did a superb job interviewing past-players and committee members, all of which will soon be available on the Club's website.'
Professor of Modern History Huw Bowen said: 'Richard Davies's excellent work provides us with a model and a methodology which can be applied to other rugby clubs in Wales. We are about to embark on a major collaborative oral history project with Swansea RFC to throw new light on that great club's distinguished past, and there is no reason why our students cannot work with other clubs in a similar way. We would be delighted to hear from those who might be interested. Meanwhile, we will be following Llandovery's Premiership campaign with great interest, hopefully to witness history in the making as the Drovers go in search of their first title.'
Professor Huw Bowen can be contacted at email@example.com or 01792 602350.
- Wednesday 17 September 2014 12.56 BST
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- RIAH, Swansea University