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Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW), records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CPRW

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) Records

Short Title: Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW), records

Creation date(s): 1928-1989

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: Previous deposits: 0.659 cubic metres (70 boxes, 1 box file); 2002 deposit: 0.063 cubic metres (7 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) is a national charity founded in 1928 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis under the title of The Council for the Preservation of Rural Wales. The name was changed to the Council for the Protection of Rural Wales in 1962, followed by its current title in 1991. The aim of CPRW is to protect the countryside of Wales and to encourage development that will not detract from the natural environment or cultural heritage. The organisation has established itself as a highly respected consultation body for national and local government, environmental and heritage groups and private individuals. From the main directors' office in Welshpool a liaison officer supervises the Living Wales Project which employs two officers, one in North Wales and one in mid-Wales, whose work time is shared by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. Both the professional staff and volunteer members are employed to examine the environmental, ecological, economic and aesthetic aspects of planning applications and to undertake the necessary lobbying and campaigning. The implementation of proposals and financial matters are overseen by the Executive Committee and the Financial and General Purposes Committee. Close co-operation is maintained with bodies such as Cambrian Archaeological Association, Wales Wildlife and Countryside Link. Rural land use issues are discussed with government institutions within Britain and the European Union, the National Assembly and local authorities including National Parks. The CPRW also seeks to influence private developers and others who may threaten the qualities it seeks to protect. It provides a library service and it uses education and media publicity to inform the public of its function and activities.
The CPRW operates a scheme of Rural Wales Awards, presented to organisations or individuals who are considered to have made a substantial contribution to the preservation of the landscape and environment in Wales. There are seventeen regional branches and quarterly bulletins keep members informed of the organisation's activities. Annual study conferences have attracted distinguished naturalists and historians. The CPRW also produces annually three editions of Rural Wales Magazine which are distributed to members, politicians, local authorities, statutory and voluntary organisations and the media. Past presidents have included Lady Megan Lloyd George, 1949-1965, Wynford Vaughan Thomas, 1968-1972 and Lady (Baroness) Eirene Lloyd White, 1973-1989. Other distinguished members of CPRW committees have been Cecily Williams-Ellis, Capt. H.R.H. Vaughan and Col. Morrey Salmon.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: The fonds consists of three groups of papers of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW), formerly the Council for the Preservation of Rural Wales, and the Council for the Protection of Rural Wales, the first dated 1928-1961, deposited in 1966, the second (papers of the Caernarfonshire branch) dated 1976-1986, deposited in 1986, both of which have been described in a separate, earlier schedule, and the third group, deposited in 2002, described in this list, which comprises Executive Committee minutes, 1935-1989, General Meeting minutes, 1935-1971, Finance and General Purposes Committee minutes, 1973-1989, Meetings of Trustees minutes, 1979-1989, and a committee attendance book, 1973-1989.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: The 2002 deposit has been arranged at NLW as five series: General Meeting minutes, Executive Committee minutes, committee attendance books, Finance and General Purposes Committee minutes and Meetings of Trustees minutes.

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 laws apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue describing the 1966 and 1986 deposits of CPRW records (under the title Records of the Council for the Preservation of Rural Wales), and of this list, are available at NLW. The original box list supplied by CPRW is in the first box of the 2002 deposit. The catalogue listing the 1966 and 1986 deposits can also be accessed on-line from http://www.llgc.org.uk:81/index.htm

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Accruals: Accruals are likely.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by CPRW per Mr Simon Meade, 1966, Mr Percy E. Owen, 1986, and Ms Helen Mrowiec, October 2002.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Additional records relating to the CPRW exist among the papers of individuals who worked closely with the organisation, namely Cecily Williams-Ellis, T. Duncan Cameron and William Condry (William Condry Papers, ref. PC1), all at NLW.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Formerly Council for the Preservation of Rural Wales Records. Present title derived from contents of fonds. Former title derived from earlier name of the CPRW.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Hilary A. Peters.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW Annual Report, 1966-67 , p. 53 and 1986-87 , p. 66; NLW schedule of records of the Council for the Preservation of Rural Wales and Council for the Protection of Rural Wales (1966 and 1986 deposits); hard copy schedule of NLW, William Condry Papers; official website of CPRW, November 2002.

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2002


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Applied ecology | Wales
CPRW (Organization) | Archives
Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales | Archives
Council for the Preservation of Rural Wales | Archives
Economic development | Environmental aspects | Wales
Environmental monitoring | Wales
Environmental protection | Wales
Landscape protection | Wales
Regional planning | Wales

Personal names
Lloyd George , Megan , 1902-1966
Salmon , H. Morrey (Harry Morrey)
Vaughan , H. R. H. , 1893-1978
Vaughan-Thomas , Wynford , 1908-1987
White , Eirene Lloyd , 1909-1999 , Baroness
Williams-Ellis , Cecily , 1900-1992
Williams-Ellis , Clough , 1883-1978

Corporate names
CPRW (Organization)
Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales
Council for the Preservation of Rural Wales

Places

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