Fonds GB 0210 ROYLWS - Royal Cambrian and Llandrindod Wells Residential School for the Deaf

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Reference code

GB 0210 ROYLWS

Title

Royal Cambrian and Llandrindod Wells Residential School for the Deaf

Date(s)

  • 1950-2016 (Creation)

Level of description

Fonds

Extent and medium

0.018 cubic metres (2 small boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

(1950-1973)

Administrative history

The education of deaf or hearing-impaired children in Wales began as early as 1847, when the Cambrian Educational Society took practical steps to gain public support in establishing an institution for the education of children with hearing and speech impediments. The new School, funded by donation or subscription, was initially located in Aberystwyth. In 1850 it moved to Picton Place, Swansea, and in 1857 to a new building at Craig Field, Swansea. In 1898 the Institution was formally styled as ‘The Royal Cambrian Institution for the Deaf and Dumb.’ As a result of the intense bombardment of the city of Swansea during 1941, the School was forced to evacuate their Craig Field site and find alternative premises in Newbridge-on-Wye and Rhayader.

The need for education for deaf children continued to grow during this period and by 1950 the School Trustees, finding it difficult to meet increasing demand, transferred responsibility for the School to the Welsh Joint Education Committee. The School relocated to spacious premises in Llandrindod Wells and opened on 17 October 1950 with 157 pupils. The Governing Body of the School consisted of one representative member of every Local Education Authority in Wales, and maintenance costs were shared by the participating local authorities. In 1973 the School closed, following changes in the provision of education for deaf and hearing-impaired children.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Mr David Richards, Rhayader, September 2016.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Records of the School, 1950-1975, and of TG Richards, Headmaster 1965-1973. The records comprise a school log book, 1950-1969; a pupils' leaving book, 1957-1968; newspaper cuttings, [1965x1975]; notes compiled by the donor about his father, TG Richards, [2016]; photocopy of a short history of the School, written in 1967; and a CD containing scenes of school events and activities, compiled from 8mm cine film taken by TG Richards in the 1960s.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

All records donated to NLW have been retained apart from duplicates, which have been destroyed.

Accruals

Accruals are not likely.

System of arrangement

Arranged by record type.

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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 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Please note that access to some records may be not be available because they contain sensitive information about individuals who are still alive, in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

English unless otherwise specified.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Two envelopes containing photographs have been transferred to the NLW photographic collection.

1 CD containing scenes compiled from 8mm cine film footage showing outside activities in the school grounds (including sporting events) and school holiday trips has been transferred to the National Screen and Sound Archive Wales.

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Note

Please note that access to some records may be not be available because they contain sensitive information about individuals who are still alive, in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Alternative identifier(s)

Alma system control number

99731917902419

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Cenedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

February 2017

Language(s)

  • English

Script(s)

Sources

The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: the Cambrian Educational Foundation for Deaf Children website (www.cambrianeducationalfoundationfordeafchildren.org.uk/history/history.html), viewed 6 February 2017, and information contained within the collection itself.

Archivist's note

Compiled by Lorena Troughton.

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