Fonds GB 0210 WYNROBRT - Wyn Roberts Diaries,

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Wyn Roberts Diaries,


  • 1970-1996 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

8 boxes; 0.072 cubic metres.

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Lord Roberts of Conwy was MP for Conwy from 1970 to 1997. He served as parliamentary private secretary to the Welsh secretary from 1970 to 1974 and as opposition frontbench spokesman for Wales 1974 and 1979. He served in the Welsh Office as Under-Secretary of State and Minister of State between 1979 and 1995. He was elevated to the peerage as Lord Roberts of Conwy in 1997. Prior to his election he enjoyed a career in broadcasting with both TWW and HTV.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Enid Grace Roberts in September 2015.

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Scope and content

The political diaries of Lord Roberts of Conwy from 1970 to 1996 divided into 18 volumes. The diaries cover most of Lord Roberts' time as Member of Parliament for Conwy and his entire career at the Welsh Office and include letters, newpaper cuttings and pictures added by Lord Roberts. Many subject are covered including the establishment of S4C, Welsh language legislation, inward investment, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, Northern Ireland, the bombing of the Conservative Party conference in Brighton by the IRA in 1984, general elections and the European Union.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


Accurals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into 18 volumes by date. Original order has been retained.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

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Title supplied by cataloguer.


A collection of Lord Roberts' books and papers are available at Wyn Roberts Papers (GB 0210 WYNRBTS) in the National Library of Wales and photographs are available in Lord Roberts of Conwy Photographs.

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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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

October 2015.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Robert Phillips. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: material in the Wyn Roberts Diaries, Guardian website and Welsh Elections 1885-1997 by Beti Jones,

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