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National Library of Wales
National Savings Movement (Wales), records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 NATSAV

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: National Savings Movement (Wales) Records

Short Title: National Savings Movement (Wales), records

Creation date(s): 1919-1978

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.99 cubic metres (35 boxes, 1 frame)

Name of creator(s): National Savings Movement


Administrative/Biographical history: The National Savings Movement was established by the British government in 1916 to reduce government borrowing through the sale of Saving Stamps and other financial products to the general public; originally conceived as a war-time expedient, its popularity led to its survival and growth until its final disbandment in 1978. The Movement comprised large numbers of local voluntary associations (sometimes called Local Savings Committees), some based in schools and workplaces, run by volunteers responsible for selling the products to the members and sending the money to the government. These voluntary organisations were supported by national Committees and regional Sub-Committees of civil servants to assist and advise. After 1960, the movement went into decline, partly because members were starting to save either directly with National Savings (now National Savings and Investments) or through banks and building societies, and there was a fall in volunteers. In 1973, a report concluded that the movement was too expensive to be supported by civil servants. The civil service structure included a Deputy Commissioner for Wales and Commissioner for the UK.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the National Savings Movement in Wales, 1919-1978, including the following : files containing minutes, correspondence and memoranda of local savings committees in Wales, 1942-78; minute books of local savings committees in Wales, 1938-78; reports of proceedings of annual conferences, National Savings committees, National Savings assemblies, and commissioners' reports for North and South Wales, 1919-77; correspondence and memoranda relating to the Wales Publicity Committee, 1948-77; files relating to special campaigns and anniversaries, 1940-77; files of accounts closed or dissolved, 1966-76; files of press cuttings relating to the movement, 1946-76; miscellaneous items, 1924-77, comprising mainly copies of the journal Savings, 1924-39, the movement's News Letter, 1945-76, and the Weekly Campaign Circular, 1943-8.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: minutes, correspondence and memoranda; minute books of Welsh Savings Committees; correspondence and memoranda of the Wales Publicity Committee; reports of proceedings of annual conferences, National Savings assemblies, National Savings committees, and commissioners' annual reports for North and South Wales; special campaigns and anniversaries of the National Savings Movement; accounts that were closed or dissolved; press cuttings relating to the Movement in Wales; miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: Readers requiring papers should refer to them as National Savings Committee Fl, etc. 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.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the schedule is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the National Savings Movement per Mr John Lowe, Deputy Commissioner for Wales, 1978.


Related material: Papers relating to the Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire Savings Committees are also in NLW.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of National Savings Movement (Wales) Records; unpublished information supplied by Mark Brooks, Press Office, National Savings and Investments; Netherlands Economic History Archive website (, viewed 11 March 2003.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003

National Savings Movement | Archives
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