Fonds GB 0210 ROGROB - Roger Roberts Papers,

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Roger Roberts Papers,


  • 1929-2015 (predominantly 1950-2015) Accumulated: [c. 1950]-2015 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.164 cubic metres (16 small boxes and 1 large box)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

The Rev. J. Roger Roberts, Methodist minister and politician, was born in 1935. He was educated at the University of Wales, Bangor, and at Handsworth College in Birmingham before becoming a superintendent methodist minister. He stood as a parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Party, Liberal S.D.P. (Social Democratic Party) alliance, and the Liberal Democratic Party in the Conwy Constituency during the 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992 and 1997 elections. He was also a councillor for the Llandudno East ward and the group leader of the Liberals on the Aberconwy Borough Council, 1976-1987. He was Chair of University Liberal Societies, the President of the Welsh Liberal Party and President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, and one of the vice presidents of the Liberal Democrats (representing Wales). He has been the Welsh representative on ELDR (the European Liberal Party) Council, and Chair of Welsh Water Lifeline which sent aid to Ethiopia, Rwanda, and to the Kurds. He has led and organised overseas visits by choirs and orchestras. He is a well know broadcaster, especially on Radio 2 where he is a regular presenter of Pause for Thought and is also a very frequent broadcaster in both Welsh and English on BBC Cymru/Wales.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by the Rev. J. Roger Roberts, Llandudno, August 1997 and August 2001.; A1997/135, A2001/48. 1 box of additional material donated in April 2015 and added to Series 1 Election Papers

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Scope and content

The second group, described here, comprises the personal political papers of the Rev. J. Roger Roberts. These include electoral ephemera, minutes, newspaper cuttings, reports and letters mostly relating to the Liberal Party / Liberal/SDP (Social Democratic Party) Alliance / Liberal Democratic Party, and in particular to the Liberal Party in the Conwy Constituency mainly between 1950 and 1999. The first group, donated in 1997, and described elsewhere, also contains some personal political papers relating to the Liberal Party, in particular to the Conwy Constituency, between 1946 and 1993. These include newsletters, leaflets, various publications, manifetstos, policy and constitutional papers, annual reports, newspaper cuttings, correspondence and minutes.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

The fonds was arranged at NLW into five series: electoral papers, newspaper cuttings, WLP (Welsh Liberal Party), subject files, constituency files.

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Conditions governing access

Parts of the archive are not available for consultation until 1 January 2007 without written permission from the donor (see file level descriptions). 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 laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at NLW. A hard copy of the catalogue of the 1997 donation is available in NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1998, pp. 65-7.

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Titles supplied from archive contents.

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Rules and/or conventions used

This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACRII; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2002. 2015 donation added in December 2015.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Ifan Prys. The follwing sources were used in the compilation/preparation of this catalogue:;, February 2002;

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