The Welsh Political Archive


The Welsh Political Archive Is a dedicated programme within the National Library to collect, store, catalogue and promote archival material which reflects the political life of Wales. Many of the political archives we hold are personal collections of well know political figures - Members of Parliament, Lords, Members of the European Parliament and Assembly Members as well as the formal records of a large number of political organisations including the main political parties, campaign groups, referendum campaigns, business and labour groups. One of the most important collections we hold is the collection of campaigning material – leaflets and posters from elections and referendum campaigns since 1837.



Collection Statement

The Welsh Political Archive was set up in 1983 to co-ordinate the collection of documentary evidence of all kinds about politics in Wales. It collects the records and papers of political parties, politicians, quasi-political organisations, campaigns and pressure groups; leaflets, pamphlets, other printed ephemera, posters, photographs, and tapes of radio and television programmes. Its work is not restricted to a specific department within the Library

In accordance with the National Library of Wales’ Collection Development Policy, the Welsh Political Archive collects the personal papers of politicians who have played an important role in the life of the nation, and individuals with a high profile for campaigning on national or international issues.

We collect the papers of Members of Parliament, Assembly Members, Members of the European Parliament and Lords if they have for example held positions such as Secretary of State, party leader, minister, senior committee chair. We do not usually collect the papers of other elected members or constituency papers.

We collect the national archives of political parties (e. g. Labour Party Wales Archives) but we no longer collect the regional or branch papers of political parties (e. g.  Records of Abergavenny Labour Party).

We collect the archives of national pressure groups and groups which campaign on national issues.

We collect election ephemera from all constituencies in Wales for national elections and referenda including elections for Police and Crime Commissioners. We do not collect material related to elections to local authorities.




Contacting The Welsh Political Archive

For more information about the Archive please contact the library's enquiry service.

The member of staff responsible for the archive is:

Rob Phillips
Tel: 01970 632 984




The Welsh Political Archive's Advisory Committee

In 1985 the Library set up the Welsh Political Archive's Advisory Committee, which meets once a year on the first Friday of every November. The annual lecture is held on the same day in the evening.

The members include politicians, historians, broadcasters and political scientists. The Committee provides and important link between the Archives and those active in Welsh politics.

Proposals made by the Committee have led to the publication of a newsletter, the setting up of an annual lecture, and the establishment of an automated database of election results.

Members of the Welsh Political Archive’s Advisory Committee

Name Organisation
Dr Denis Balsom -
Emeritus Professor Deirdre Beddoe -
Ms Jane Runeckles Wales TUC
Mr Alun Burge -
Mr Cynog Dafis Plaid Cymru
Dr Russell Deacon Welsh Liberal Democrats
Mr Darron Dupre Unison
Dr Andrew Edwards Bangor University
Mr Aled Eirug -
Mr Rhys Evans BBC Wales
Mr Gwyn Griffiths National Assembly for Wales
Mr Sam Hadley National Assembly for Wales
Mr Dave Hagendyk Welsh Labour
Professor Sir Deian Hopkin -
Mr Tony Hopkins -
Mr Gwyn Jenkins -
Prof Angela John Aberystwyth University
Avril Jones The National Library of Wales
Prof Richard Wyn Jones Welsh Governance Centre
Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies Plaid Cymru
Mr David Melding AM Welsh Conservatives
Lord Kenneth O Morgan -
Mr Rob Phillips The National Library of Wales
Mr Roger Pratt Welsh Conservatives
Lord Rowlands Labour Party Wales
Prof Roger Scully Wales Governance Centre
Dr Guto Thomas BBC Wales
Mr Lee Waters Institute of Welsh Affairs
Mr Darren Williams -

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