- 1931-2010 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
Name of creator
The British Broadcasting Corporation (more commonly known as the BBC), with its headquarters at Broadcasting House, Portland Square, London, was established by Royal Charter in 1927 with the authority to provide information, to educate and to entertain its audience across a wide range of areas including current affairs, arts and culture, education, religion and sport. Its predecessor, the British Broadcast Company, had obtained its licence to broadcast in 1923, and the public broadcast service in Wales began in the same year when a radio station was opened in Cardiff, providing programmes in both English and Welsh. The Welsh region of the BBC received its own wavelength for audio broadcasts in 1937 and its own separate wavelength for televisual broadcasts in 1964, since when it has been known as BBC Wales. Welsh language programmes were first broadcast on the television in 1953 and they have been scheduled every day since 1957; the Welsh language television channel is known as BBC Cymru. The English and Welsh radio stations (Radio Wales and Radio Cymru) have been separate entities since 1977. As a whole, the Welsh region of the BBC - comprising BBC Wales, BBC Cymru, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru - is also known as BBC Cymru Wales.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Scripts, 1931-2010, of BBC radio and television programmes that were broadcast - or intended to be broadcast - in Wales. The scripts cover a wide range of subjects including news, drama, light entertainment, music, sport, religion, education and children's programmes.
Some of the scripts contain language and ideas that could cause offence to modern readers.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Arranged according to the BBC's classification of the scripts into 'genres' within the formats of radio and television. Box numbers and the order in which files have been catalogued are derived from spreadsheet lists ('manifests') drawn up by the BBC.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
English and Welsh
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
[Searchable pdfs of the BBC's own database of scripts in this Donation will be uploaded here in due course]
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Most of the file level descriptions contain details of individual broadcasts.
Preferred citation: Sgriptiau BBC Scripts (Rhodd 2019 Donation)
Only a sample of this part of the archive has been catalogued to date. The catalogued material has been selected with particular attention to the need for a representative cross-section (radio/television, English/Welsh, genres and time periods) as well as the wider requirements of the Wales Broadcast Archive.
The boxes have been numbered 1-1183, but Boxes 723 and 826 are not present (marked as 'No Box' in the Manifests).
Some boxes have been split into smaller boxes during cataloguing.
The Manifests do not provide any description for Box 837, which is present in the archive.
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Description control area
Rules and/or conventions used
Level of detail
Dates of creation revision deletion
Revised regularly 2022- 2024
Description compiled by Emma Towner and David Moore