Fonds GB 0210 GMEVNS - Sir Guildhaume Myrddin-Evans Papers

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Sir Guildhaume Myrddin-Evans Papers


  • 1917-2021 (Creation)

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7 large boxes and 6 small boxes; 0.257 cubic metres.

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Biographical history

Born 17 December 1894, the second son of Rev. Thomas Towy Evans, minister at Blaenau Gwent, Abertillery, Monmouthshire, and Mary (née James) his wife. He was educated at Cwmtillery elementary school, Abertillery county school, Llandovery College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated with first class honours in mathematics. He served as a lieutenant with the South Wales Borderers in France and Flanders during World War I and was seriously wounded. He was a member of Lloyd George's personal secretariat at 10 Downing Street in 1917, and assistant secretary to the War Cabinet in 1919. He held a number of key positions within the Treasury from 1920 until 1929 when he was appointed to the Ministry of Labour. Myrddin-Evans served as the Head of the Production Executive Secretariat at the War Cabinet Offices in 1941, and as adviser to the War Manpower Commission of the government of the U.S.A. in 1942. He also acted as adviser to the Canadian government. He returned to the Ministry of Labour and National Service as under-secretary in 1942 and deputy secretary in 1945. Between 1945 and 1959 he was the representative of the British government on the governing body of the International Labour Office which he chaired on three occasions. From 1955 until 1959 (when he retired) he was the Chief International Labour Adviser to H.M. Government. He was the chairman of the Local Government Commission for Wales in 1959 when he proved himself a popular and amiable but efficient colleague. The report of the Commission appeared in 1963. From 1943 Myrddin-Evans was a member of the Council of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland, and he served, too, as the secretary of the Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London. He was joint-author of the volume The employment exchange of Great Britain (1934). He received the C.B. in 1945 and the K.C.M.G. in 1947.

He married in 1919 Elizabeth (who died in 1981), the daughter of Owen Watkins of Sarn, Caernarfonshire (Watkins, too, was a member of Lloyd George's personal secretariat during World War I). They had two sons. He died 15 February 1964 at his home 6 Chester Place, Regent's Park, London.

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Donated by David Myrddin-Evans; Abergavenny; August 2019.

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Scope and content

Personal and professional papers of Sir Guildhaume Myrddin-Evans, a senior civil servant, industrial relations expect and British representative to the International Labour Organisation. The papers comprise material relating to Guildhaume Myrddin-Evans' professional interests including correspondence with officers and representatives of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and ILO member states, politicians and civil servants within the UK Government relating to industrial relations, correspondence and papers relating to his chairmanship of the Local Government Commission for Wales along with his personal correspondence and ephemera, and notes on research undertaken by members of his family into his life and career.

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Some personal material has been returned to the family. Some photographs have been transferred to the photograph collection and a sound recording has been transferred to the screen and sound collection.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arragend into 5 sub-fonds: Personal Papers; Local Government Commission for Wales; Professional Correspondence; International Labour Organisation; Other Professional Papers. Original order has been retained within the files.

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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. = Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio â Deddf Warchod Data 2018 a Rheoliadau Diogelu Data Cyffredinol 2018 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen.

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  • English

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Preferred citation: Sir Guildhaume Myrddin-Evans Papers.

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Archivist's note

Compiled by Rob Phillips. August 2022. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Material in the Sir Guildhaume Myrddin-Evans Papers, Dictionary of Welsh Biography website (April 2022), New York Times website (April 2022), The National Archives catalogue for the Local Government Commission for Wales (April 2022), International Labour Organisation website (August 2022).

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