With the permission of the Board of Trustees museum volunteers collected the records and artefacts before the Rest closed its doors for the final time this week (Monday 7 October).
The written records, numbering over 130 volumes, some dating back to the 1890s, document the day-to-day running of The Rest. Of particular interest are the patient admittance records, which offer a fascinating view of local and wider social history.
The artefacts include the Glamorgan Yeomanry uniform jacket and hat worn by The Rest’s founder Dr. James Lewis, together with a selection of photographs that chart the history of the building. The uniform will be retained by the museum for display following inspection by the conservation team at the Museum of Wales, Cardiff.
The photographs below show David Swidenbank (R) handing over the records from the Rest to Harvey Thomas of The Glamorgan Archive and the Glamorgan Yeomanry tunic of Dr James Lewis