Fonds GB 0210 DEIKIN - Deian R. Hopkin Papers,

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Deian R. Hopkin Papers,


  • 1907-2000 (accumulated [1917]-[2000]) / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.216 cubic metres (25 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Sir Deian R. Hopkin (1944-) was born in Llanelli, and educated at Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant, Llanelli, the first Welsh-medium school to be established by a local authority, Llandovery College and the University of Wales Aberystwyth, where he graduated in history and completed his PhD. In a 44 year career in higher education in six universities, including 24 years at Aberystwyth, he retired as Vice Chancellor of London South Bank University. His specialism is Labour and trade union history and the use of new technology in the humanities and he was the founding editor of Llafur, the Welsh people's history journal. He spent many years in public policy, as an advisor to UK ministers and as a charity trustee and was knighted in 2009 for services to higher education in the UK. From 1975 to 1988 he was a member of the Court and Council of the National Library of Wales and was President of the Library from 2011 to 2015. From 2012 he was also chair of Wales Remembers - Cymru'n Cofio 1914-1918 and Expert Advisor to the First Minister of Wales. In 2022 he was elected President of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. His mother, Loti Rees Hughes (1908-1969), was an Alderman on Carmarthenshire County Council and a Parliamentary candidate in 1959 while his stepfather, Alderman W. Douglas Hughes (1899-1968), was the full-time agent of the Divisional Labour Party of Llanelly, from 1931 to 1966 during which time he was also leader of the Labour Party in the town and county.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Dr Deian R. Hopkin, Brentwood, Essex, 1991 and May 2019.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers, 1907-1988, mainly relating to the activities of the Labour Party in Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire, 1917-1967, including: papers of the Llanelli Trades Council and Divisional Labour Party, including minute books, 1940-1967; accounts, financial papers and cash books, 1925-1967; correspondence, 1921-1967; miscellaneous papers, 1917-1967; press cuttings, 1926-1959; and general election papers, 1931-1964; political and professional papers of Loti Rees Hughes, including correspondence, minute books and press cuttings, 1927-1965; and personal and family papers, 1935-1969; papers of W. Douglas Hughes [c. 1920]-1968, including correspondence, 1932-1967; notebooks, c. [1920]-1966; and correspondence and papers relating to Carmarthenshire County Council, 1944-1968; together with the papers of Dr Deian R. Hopkin, 1907-2000, including correspondence, 1962-2000; and miscellaneous printed material, with some concerning the Labour Party, 1907-1984 and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1960-1973.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales has been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following 13 groups.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the earlier donation is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1992, pp. 58-63, at the National Library of Wales. The 2019 file are not included.

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Notes area


Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some of the records acquired by Dr Deian R. Hopkin pre-date his birth because they are the papers of his parents.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2003, revised February 2021.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: National Library of Wales, Minor Lists and Summaries 1992; WWW London South Bank University website, viewed 14 December 2005. Additional material added by Rob Phillips in February 2022 using the following sources; material in the collection, notes provided by Syr Deian Hopkin.

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