Fonds GB 0210 WELBEES - Welsh Beekeepers' Association Records

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Welsh Beekeepers' Association Records


  • 1943-2023 (Creation)

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8 large boxes + 5 small boxes (0.274 mᶟ). Additional papers donated May 2023:1 small box (0.009 mᶟ)

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Donated by the Welsh Beekeepers' Association per Karen Pratt, Aberaeron, October 2021 & March 2022; transferred from Minor Deposits deposited by the Association per Mr J. H. Ball, Burton, Rossett, December 1967, June 1968, July 1968, September 1968 and March 1970, and converted to a donation by the Association per Karen Pratt, Aberaeron, September 2021. Additional papers donated by the Welsh Beekeepers' Association per Karen Pratt (current vice-chair of the WBKA), Aberaeron, May 2023.

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Papers of Cymdeithas Gwenynwyr Cymru (CGC) / the Welsh Beekeepers' Association (WBKA), comprising WBKA constitutional and administrative papers, the latter including a significant amount of correspondence dating from the WBKA's establishment in 1943 to 2021; copies of WBKA periodicals and newsletters dating from the 1940s to the present day; material relating to grant applications, training and assessment, summer schools and conventions and to eisteddfodau and shows; documents and papers relating to the genetically modified (GM) crop debate and to pesticide control; items relating to the WBKA's 75th anniversary events in 2018; and a certain amount of miscellaneous material relating to the WBKA.
Additional papers, containing similar material, were donated May 2023, for which see under relevant heading.

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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.

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  • English

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See also International Bee Research Association (IBRA) Records at NLW.

A photograph album and a series of [?19th century/early 20th century] loose photographs relating to this archive have been removed and are kept separately in the Graphic Department at NLW, where they may be accessed on request. Location: Llyfr ffoto/Photo book 6753, accession number: 994497809702419.

A photographic print showing a certificate presented to Reverend Brother Adam OSB OBE on his election as life member and Honorary Vice President of the Welsh Beekeepers' Association, 14 September 1985, has been removed and is kept separately in the Graphic Department of NLW, where it may be accessed on request. Accession number: 994630304902419.
For Brother Adam, see, for example:;; see also under Correspondence within this archive.

A computer hard drive originally enclosed with a letter from one-time Honorary Secretary Commander Eric Verge (see under 75th anniversary) has been removed and stored in the Screen and Sound Archive at NLW, where it may be accessed on request. Location:

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Founded in 1943, Cymdeithas Gwenynwyr Cymru (CGC) / the Welsh Beekeepers' Association (WBKA) is the overall support body for all nineteen local Beekeeping Associations in Wales. It is a registered charity, managed by a board of trustees supported by various officers, all of whom are volunteers. It holds annual conventions at the Royal Welsh showground near Builth Wells and specialist members of the association form the WBKA Council, which meets three times a year (see under Welsh Beekeepers' Association Council meetings: minutes and agendas). The WBKA supports the development and training of Welsh beekeepers in improving the standards of bee husbandry while co-operating with related bodies such as the Council of National Beekeeping Associations (CONBA), the Bee Health Advisory Forum (BHAF) and the Welsh Government Pollinators Taskforce. Its current officers are Jenny Shaw (secretary), Graham Wheeler (treasurer), Caroline Mullinex (chair) and John Bowles (president).


Language note: For Welsh content, see under individual headings. Some material is bilingual (Welsh/English).
British Standards Institution: Language note: One item contains French (bilingual item).


Minor Deposit 1618, which contained minutes of Welsh Beekeepers' Association meetings, 2005-2007, was destroyed by fire at the National Library of Wales in April 2013 (see under Correspondence for letter dated 25 July 2014 from National Library of Wales Chief Executive and Librarian Aled Gruffydd Jones to John Page of the Welsh Beekeepers' Association). A digital description of the minutes is still available at


Welsh Beekeepers' Association records, deposited September 1968 and previously known as Minor Deposits 946, 972-973, 1369, 1468-1473, 1479-1480, 1539 & 1546, have now been amalgamated as part of this archive as a donation (see Immediate source of acquisition or transfer note above).

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


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Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifan, December 2022, utilising primary source material and online search engines. Revised May 2023 following additional donation of papers, utilising primary source material and online search engines.

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