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Wyn Roberts Diaries

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WYNROBRT

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Wyn Roberts Diaries

Short Title: Wyn Roberts Diaries

Creation date(s): 1970-1996

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 8 boxes; 0.072 cubic metres.

Name of creator(s): Wyn Roberts (Ieuan Wyn Pritchard Roberts), Baron Roberts of Conwy


Administrative/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.


Scope and content/abstract: 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.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids:


Accruals: Accurals are not expected.

Archival history: The diaraies were written by Lord Roberts and material which he accumulated during his political career (letters etc.,) was added by him to the diaries.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Enid Grace Roberts in September 2015.



Note: Title supplied by cataloguer.

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.

Rules or conventions: Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2015

Broadcasting | Wales
Wales | Politics and government | 20th century
Welsh language | 20th century

Personal names
Roberts , Wyn , 1930-2013 , Lord Roberts of Conwy , Wyn o Fôn

Corporate names
Conservative Party (Great Britain)


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