Fonds GB 0210 WMIC - The Tŷ Cerdd Archive,

Identity area

Reference code

GB 0210 WMIC


The Tŷ Cerdd Archive,


  • 1893-[1999]. (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

77 boxes, varying sizes; 4 boxes (June 2015).

Context area

Name of creator

Administrative history

The Welsh Music Information Centre (WMIC) was established in September 1983 to provide information about Welsh music, particularly 20th century music and to encourage performances of contemporary works. It incorporated the Welsh Music Archive which was founded in 1976 and was similar to the Scottish Music Information Centre in Glasgow and the British Information Centre in London with a role of collecting scores by Welsh composers. It received the support of the Welsh Arts Council. An exhibition of scores and memorabilia housed at WMIC was held at the Viriamu Jones Gallery, University College, Cardiff, March 1984. The centre closed in March 1997 after the Arts Council withdrew its funding in December 1996. Tŷ Cerdd – Music Centre Wales was formed by combining the Welsh Amateur Music Federation (WAMF) and WMIC in 2009. Its role is to promote all genres of Welsh Music by “bringing a world of music to Wales and the music of Wales to the world”.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Welsh Music Information Centre per Mr D. Wynne Lloyd; Cardiff; Deposit; 1997; C1997/18.
Tŷ Cerdd per Mr Caio Higginson; Cardiff; Deposit; June 2015; 4017768.
Tŷ Cerdd per Mr Ethan Davies; Cardiff; Deposit; July 2016.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Music manuscripts and miscellaneous papers, 1893-[1999], transferred on the closure of the Welsh Music Information Centre, Cardiff, comprising a large number of music scores and sketches. Among the composers represented in the archive are Robert Bruce, Dilys Elwyn Edwards, John Edwards, J. R. Heath, Alun Hoddinott, Arwel Hughes, Idris Lewis, Ian Parrott and Grace Williams.

Llawysgrifau cerddorol a phapurau amrywiol, 1893-[1999], a dderbyniwyd adeg cau Canolfan Hysbysrwydd Cerddoriaeth Cymru yng Nghaerdydd, yn cynnwys nifer fawr o sgoriau cerddoriaeth. Ymhlith y cyfansoddwyr a gynrychiolir yn yr archif mae Robert Bruce, Dilys Elwyn Edwards, John Edwards, J. R. Heath, Alun Hoddinott, Arwel Hughes ac Ian Parrott.

Additional music manuscripts, 1963-1969, comprising scores by Grace Williams, Daniel Jones, and William Mathias; together with papers [1906-1975], relating to Grace Williams [photographs transferred to NLW Photographic Department].

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


Accruals are possible.

System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW in three groups: works by composers (several scores), works by composers (occasional scores) and other papers.

Conditions of access and use area

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 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.

Conditions governing reproduction

Amodau hawlfraint arferol = Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Mainly English, unless otherwise stated.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Generated finding aid

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Audio tapes, video cassettes and records have been transferred to the NLW National Sound and Screen Archive of Wales, and photographs to the NLW photographic collection. See also lower level descriptions for related material.

Related descriptions

Notes area


Formerly Welsh Music Information Centre (WMIC) manuscripts and papers.

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Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

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



Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2014. Revised August-September 2021.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Ann Francis Evans. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Music Wales, 1 June-31 August 1997; Welsh Music Information Centre publicity leaflet; a booklet for an exhibition of the Welsh Music Information Centre at the University College Cardiff, 1984; and Tŷ Cerdd website;

Archivist's note

2015 and 2016 deposit compiled by Robert Evans.

Accession area

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Physical storage

  • Text: Archif Canolfan Hysbysrwydd Cerddoriaeth Cymru / Welsh Music Information Centre Archive.