- 1875-1961 (accumulated 1910-1961) / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.535 cubic metres (14 boxes, 31 volumes, 27 box files)
Name of creator
The King Edward VII Welsh National Memorial Association (W. N. M. A., Cymdeithas Goffa Genedlaethol Cymru y Brenin Edward VII) was set up in 1910, launched mainly by David Davies, MP, later Lord Davies of Llandinam (1880-1944), to combat the prevalence of tuberculosis in Wales. Davies contributed half of the £300,000 raised to fund the Association, and was elected the first president. The Association was granted a Charter of Incorporation on 17 May 1912; it recived legacies and gifts of property to fund its work. By 1921, all 17 local authorities in Wales had agreements with the Association to fund their treatment of TB. The W. N. M. A. provided four services: it funded dispensaries throughout Wales and a research department at the Welsh National School of Medicine, including the David Davies Chair of Tuberculosis; it operated its own residential institutions, including sanatoria at Sully Hospital, Cardiff, and Craig-y-Nos, Brecknockshire; and a department producing educational material and funding anti-tuberculosis lectures. In 1937, a government inquiry reviewed the Anti-Tuberculosis Service in Wales. In 1938, the Association moved into new offices in Lord Davies' newly-opened Temple of Peace and Health in Cardiff. The Association's role became redundant following the National Health Service Act 1948 and it was disbanded. The Association's organisation included a Board of Governors and a Council; in 1928, a Necessitous Areas Sub-committee was established to review provision in South Wales. In 1937, its staff numbered over 1,000. The presidents of the Association included Lord Davies, his widow Henrietta, Lady Davies (died 1948), his son the 2nd Baron Davies (1915-1944) and his sister Miss Gwendoline E. Davies (1882-1951). WNMA participated in two radio pgrammes about its work: 'Getting and Spending on Rates' (1939) and 'Searchlight on TB' (1949). In the course of its work, WNMA amassed a library of government and other publications relating to the incidence and treatment of TB.
Some of the records were previously lodged at the Temple of Peace and Health and the Welsh Office File Repository, Cardiff.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Donated by the Welsh Hospitals Board, Cardiff, per Mr Walter Dorman, Assistant Secretary
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Records of W. N. M. A., including charters, statutes, and related materials, 1912-1961; Trustees minute books, 1910-1940; annual reports, accounts, reports and other printed papers, 1923-1945; financial records, including audited accounts and cash books, 1910-1945; deeds and documents relating to properties owned by W. N. M. A., 1907-1939; registers of documents of title, 1875-1948; journals, 1912-1932; a staff register, 1913-1937; papers relating to the Inquiry into the Anti-Tuberculosis Service in Wales, 1937-1939; papers relating to the Professorship of Tuberculosis, Welsh National School of Medicine, Cardiff, 1935-[1960s]; biographical material relating to Lord Davies, the 2nd Baron Davies, and Henrietta, Lady Davies, 1934-1948; WNMA staff records, [1930s]-[1940s]; papers relating to the Temple of Peace and Health, 1931-1938; records of the Necessitous Areas Committee, 1928-1937; an index to files, 1917-1948; papers relating to BBC radio programmes, 1939-1949; and copies of the National Health Service Bill and Act, 1946-1948.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: For office account books, ledgers, etc., only samples were retained. Printed books and photographs accumulated by WNMA were transferred to NLW, Dept. Printed Books and Special Collections respectively..
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged by donation and into the following: boxes; and volumes.
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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
Usual copyright regulations apply.
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Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the summary list is available in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1983, pp. 55-59, at the National Library of Wales. The list is available online. An index to files, compiled by WNMA, is included in the archive.
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Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some correspondence and other papers relating to the Welsh National School of Medicine post-date the end of the Association, and the collection includes earlier legal documents.
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Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1983; Bryder, L., 'The King Edward VII Welsh National Memorial Association and its policy towards Tuberculosis 1910-1948', Welsh History Review, 13 (1986), pp. 194-216; Morgan, Kenneth O., Rebirth of a Nation: Wales, 1880-1980 (Oxford, 1981).