Fonds GB 0210 TYCENEDL - Ty Cenedl Papers,

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Ty Cenedl Papers,


  • 1913-1995 (accumulated 1983-1995) / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.598 cubic metres (36 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Administrative history

Ty Cenedl was set up in the Barn Community Centre, Aberystwyth, in 1983 by the movement Cofiwn to 'study, research into and promote the history of Wales'. A part of this work was to collect pamphlets, leaflets, posters, photographs, correspondence and various papers relating mainly to nationalistic and radical movements in Wales. A wide range of material dating mainly from the 1950s onwards was collected, and added to this were many periodicals and pamphlets relating to radical movements from all parts of the world. Cofiwn came to an end in 1984 but a group of supporters continued to maintain Ty Cenedl until 1989 when the Barn Centre was closed by the local authority.

Archival history

Sian Ifans and Gethin ap Gruffudd arranged the collection on behalf of Ty Cenedl.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased, 1988

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers relating to fringe Nationalist and left wing groups, 1963-1989, including material relating to Welsh Nationalist and Republican Groups, 1963-1989, material relating to Welsh left ing roups, 1969-1979, and papers relating to solidarity groups and campaigns, 1968-1989; published political material such as newspapers and periodicals, 1913-1989, records and papers of Cofiwn, 1970-1990, including material relating to the American Indian Movement Tour of Wales, 1986; papers relating to campaigns and activities of groups such as the the Owain Glyndwr Society, 1975-1990; papers relating to maritime history and heritage, 1973-1995; and miscellaneous papers, mainly relating to organisations in Aberystwyth, 1976-1989.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: papers relating to fringe nationalist and left wing groups; published political material; Cofiwn records and papers; papers relating to maritime history and heritage; miscellaneous papers; photographs, posters and films.

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

The usual copyright regulations apply.

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, Catalan, Spanish, Sechaba (ANC), Cuba, African, Persian, Flemish, Kurdish, Galiego (Galician Spanish), Cornish, Breton..

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Posters and photographs, including photographs relating to rallies and protest meetings during the 1970s and 1980s and photographs relating to the Free Wales Army, 1968-1969 can be found in NLW Special Collections. Videos of rallies and protests and a cassette recording of an interview with Mark Banks can be found in the National Screen and Sound Archive.

Related descriptions

Notes area


Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some items predate the establishment of Ty Cenedl and Cofiwn; and material continued to be accumulated after the closure of the Barn Centre in 1989.

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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

March 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Ty Cenedl Papers.

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