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W. N. M. A. records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WNMA

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: W. N. M. A. Records

Short Title: W. N. M. A. records

Creation date(s): 1875-1961 (accumulated 1910-1961)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.535 cubic metres (14 boxes, 31 volumes, 27 box files)

Name of creator(s): Welsh National Memorial Association


Administrative/Biographical history: The King Edward VII Welsh National Memorial Association (W. N. M. A., Cymdeithas Goffa Genedlaethol Cymru y Brenin Edward VII) was set up in 1910, launched mainly by David Davies, MP, later Lord Davies of Llandinam (1880-1944), to combat the prevalence of tuberculosis in Wales. Davies contributed half of the £300,000 raised to fund the Association, and was elected the first president. The Association was granted a Charter of Incorporation on 17 May 1912; it recived legacies and gifts of property to fund its work. By 1921, all 17 local authorities in Wales had agreements with the Association to fund their treatment of TB. The W. N. M. A. provided four services: it funded dispensaries throughout Wales and a research department at the Welsh National School of Medicine, including the David Davies Chair of Tuberculosis; it operated its own residential institutions, including sanatoria at Sully Hospital, Cardiff, and Craig-y-Nos, Brecknockshire; and a department producing educational material and funding anti-tuberculosis lectures. In 1937, a government inquiry reviewed the Anti-Tuberculosis Service in Wales. In 1938, the Association moved into new offices in Lord Davies' newly-opened Temple of Peace and Health in Cardiff. The Association's role became redundant following the National Health Service Act 1948 and it was disbanded. The Association's organisation included a Board of Governors and a Council; in 1928, a Necessitous Areas Sub-committee was established to review provision in South Wales. In 1937, its staff numbered over 1,000. The presidents of the Association included Lord Davies, his widow Henrietta, Lady Davies (died 1948), his son the 2nd Baron Davies (1915-1944) and his sister Miss Gwendoline E. Davies (1882-1951). WNMA participated in two radio pgrammes about its work: 'Getting and Spending on Rates' (1939) and 'Searchlight on TB' (1949). In the course of its work, WNMA amassed a library of government and other publications relating to the incidence and treatment of TB.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of W. N. M. A., including charters, statutes, and related materials, 1912-1961; Trustees minute books, 1910-1940; annual reports, accounts, reports and other printed papers, 1923-1945; financial records, including audited accounts and cash books, 1910-1945; deeds and documents relating to properties owned by W. N. M. A., 1907-1939; registers of documents of title, 1875-1948; journals, 1912-1932; a staff register, 1913-1937; papers relating to the Inquiry into the Anti-Tuberculosis Service in Wales, 1937-1939; papers relating to the Professorship of Tuberculosis, Welsh National School of Medicine, Cardiff, 1935-[1960s]; biographical material relating to Lord Davies, the 2nd Baron Davies, and Henrietta, Lady Davies, 1934-1948; WNMA staff records, [1930s]-[1940s]; papers relating to the Temple of Peace and Health, 1931-1938; records of the Necessitous Areas Committee, 1928-1937; an index to files, 1917-1948; papers relating to BBC radio programmes, 1939-1949; and copies of the National Health Service Bill and Act, 1946-1948.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by donation and into the following: boxes; and volumes.

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 summary list is available in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1983, pp. 55-59, at the National Library of Wales. The list is available online. An index to files, compiled by WNMA, is included in the archive.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: For office account books, ledgers, etc., only samples were retained. Printed books and photographs accumulated by WNMA were transferred to NLW, Dept. Printed Books and Special Collections respectively.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: Some of the records were previously lodged at the Temple of Peace and Health and the Welsh Office File Repository, Cardiff.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by the Welsh Hospitals Board, Cardiff, per Mr Walter Dorman, Assistant Secretary; and by the Welsh Office, Cardiff, per Mr A. A. Jarvis, Departmental Records Officer, 1979-1983.


Related material: Further papers are in National Library of Wales, Lord Davies of Llandinam Papers (currently uncatalogued) and National Archives, MH96. Photographs and prints are in National Library of Wales, Special Collections. Printed books collected by WNMA are also held by the National Library of Wales.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some correspondence and other papers relating to the Welsh National School of Medicine post-date the end of the Association, and the collection includes earlier legal documents.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1983; Bryder, L., 'The King Edward VII Welsh National Memorial Association and its policy towards Tuberculosis 1910-1948', Welsh History Review, 13 (1986), pp. 194-216; Morgan, Kenneth O., Rebirth of a Nation: Wales, 1880-1980 (Oxford, 1981).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

Health services administration | Wales
Tuberculosis | Hospitals | Wales
Tuberculosis | Prevention
Tuberculosis | Wales
Welsh National Memorial Association | Archives

Personal names
Davies , David , 1880-1944 , Baron Davies of Llandinam
Davies , David , 1915-1944 , Baron Davies of Llandinam
Davies , Gwendoline Elizabeth , ca. 1882-1951

Corporate names
Welsh National Memorial Association
Welsh National School of Medicine

Pen-y-cae (Ystradgynlais, Powys, Wales)
Sully (Wales)
Wales ()

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