Archives by Theme
Political Archives in the Library are a wonderful resource for research in a wide range of fields. This page lists the major archives which relate to some common themes in Welsh politics.
Welsh Government and National Assembly for Wales
- National Assembly for Wales: The archive of the National Assembly for Wales (i.e. the legislature) is held by the National Library of Wales. The archive can be browsed on the online catalogue. The first series of records was transferred in May 2017. Further accruals to the archive are expected in the future. Certain records dating from the First Assembly onwards can also be found on the Assembly’s website.
- Welsh Government: The historical records of the Welsh Government (i.e. the executive, also known as the Welsh Assembly Government) are held by The National Archives (external website – English only). This provision is formalised by the Concordat between The National Archives and the Welsh Government. These records are subject to a 20 year closure unless otherwise stated (phased reduction from 30 to 20 years).
- Welsh Office: The National Archives (external website – English only) also holds records created or inherited by the Welsh Office relating to the administration of Wales. These records are subject to a 20 year closure unless otherwise stated (phased reduction from 30 to 20 years).
Devolution and Independence
The Welsh Republican Movement
Campaign Groups and Civic Society