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National Library of Wales
North Wales Temperance Union, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 NWTU

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: North Wales Temperance Union Records

Short Title: North Wales Temperance Union, records

Creation date(s): 1958-1969

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.036 cubic metres (4 boxes)

Name of creator(s): North Wales Temperance Union


Administrative/Biographical history: The Welsh Sunday Closing Act 1881 required all public houses in Wales to close on Sunday; in 1921, it was extended to cover Monmouthshire. It was supported by nonconformists but the merits of its operation were widely debated. The Licensing Act 1961 gave Welsh districts the right to vote on whether they desired the Sunday opening of public houses, with subsequent polls to be taken in 'dry' areas every seven years. The North Wales Temperance Union was formed to uphold the closure of licensed premises on Sundays. The success of the campaigns was limited; eight of the fifteen counties and county boroughs remained 'dry' in 1961, with only five remaining 'dry' in 1968. The Rev. Alwyn Thomas, as well as being Secretary of the North Wales Temperance Union, served as the Honorary Secretary for the northern division of the Temperance Council of the Christian Churches of Wales.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers relating to the 1961 and 1968 Sunday opening referenda, including correspondence, 1958-1969, between Alwyn Thomas and politicians and various temperance-related organizations; copies of Alliance News, pamphlets and other printed matter, 1960-1968; posters, 1961-[1968]; press cuttings, 1961-[1968]; financial records, 1969; and other miscellaneous papers, 1961.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: correspondence; miscellaneous papers; printed material; miscellaneous pamphlets; posters; press cuttings (1961 campaign); correspondence; financial records; and printed material (1968 campaign).

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

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

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the North Wales Temperance Union, per the Rev. Alwyn Thomas, General Secretary, Colwyn Bay, 1974.


Related material: Further papers relating to the temperance movement are National Library of Wales, Temperance Movement in Wales; South Wales Women's Temperance Union (Undeb Dirwest Merched y De); Gwynedd Archives, Caernarfon Record Office, Undeb Dirwestol Merched Gogledd Cymru (North Wales Women's Temperance Union).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: National Library of Wales, Catalogue of The North Wales Temperance Union Papers; Morgan, Kenneth O., Rebirth of a Nation: Wales 1880-1980 (Oxford and Cardiff, 1981).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003

Alcohol | Law and legislation | Wales
Referendum | Wales
Temperance societies | Wales, North
Temperance | Wales, North

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