Fonds GB 0210 NOABLY - "No Assembly" Campaign Papers,

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"No Assembly" Campaign Papers,


  • 1978-1979 / (Creation)

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0.018 cubic metres (2 boxes)

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Administrative history

Following the passing of the Wales Act 1978 enabling devolution, the Labour government held a referendum on whether its provisions should be implemented. The "No Assembly" Campaign was organised to campaign for a 'no' vote in the Devolution Referendum for Wales of 1st March 1979. The referendum proved a major defeat for the pro-devolution cause. The chairman of the campaign was the Conservative politician, Lord Gibson-Watt (1918-2002), but membership was drawn from across the parties.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Lord Gibson-Watt, Llandrindod Wells, 1986.

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Scope and content

Correspondence relating to the No Assembly Campaign, 1979; press releases, speeches, and articles, 1979; miscellaneous administrative papers, 1978-1979; and press-cuttings, 1979.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

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


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged as general correspondence; press releases, speeches and aricles; miscellaneous papers; and miscellaneous press cuttings.

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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

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Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue, is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1986, p. 54, at the National Library of Wales.

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Further papers of anti- and pro- devolution campaigns are in NLW: "Wales for the Assembly" Campaign Records, 1975-1979, Conservative Party (North Wales) papers, Gus Jones papers; Aberystwyth "No Assembly" Campaign, John Ormond papers and Newport West Labour Party papers.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1986; Jones, Gareth Elwyn, Modern Wales: A concise history, c. 1485-1979 (Cambridge, 1984).

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  • Text: "No Assembly" Campaign Papers.