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National Library of Wales
Sain Ley Berry, Peter, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 PETBER

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Peter Sain Ley Berry Papers

Short Title: Sain Ley Berry, Peter, papers

Creation date(s): 1909-1995

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.108 cubic metres (12 small boxes)

Name of creator(s): Peter Sain Ley Berry


Administrative/Biographical history: Peter Sain Ley Berry was educated at Magdalene College School, Oxford, Peterhouse, Cambridge, and Birkbeck College, London. Formerly a Liberal Party member, he was a founder member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), founded in 1981, and was active in the Welsh Council and the Vale of Glamorgan branch. He stood as the party's parliamentary candidate for the constituencies of Swansea West, 1983, Pontypridd, 1987, and Pembroke, 1992. In 1983-1988, the SDP formed an alliance with the Liberal Party. The parties merged in 1988, becoming the Liberal Democrats. Peter Sain Ley Berry was also involved with the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, and was the Secretary of the Lloyd George Society. He is now the editor of EuropaWorld, an information service on European and World affairs.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of political interest, 1909-1995, including papers relating to local and general elections, in Swansea West, 1982-1983; Pontypridd, 1987; Pembroke, 1991-1992; Vale of Glamorgan, 1985-1993; papers relating to the SDP, 1983-1994, including correspondence, minutes, press releases; papers relating to the SDP/Liberal Alliance, 1987-1988; papers of the Alliance Committee for Wales, 1985-1987, including correspondence, minutes of meetings, drafts of speeches, memoranda; papers of the SDP Welsh Council, 1981-1988, including correspondence, minutes of meetings, newspaper cuttings; papers of the Welsh Regional Economic Policy Group, 1981-1982; papers of the Vale of Glamorgan SDP, including CVs of prospective candidates, 1982-1983; personal papers of Peter Sain Ley Berry, [c. 1981]-1988, including correspondence and diaries; printed material, 1977-1995, including SDP policy documents and manifestos; records of the Lloyd George Society, including correspondence, 1975-1993, and printed material, 1909-1991; papers of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, 1986-1991; and miscellaneous material, 1968-1984. The 2003 Donation, as yet uncatalogued, comprises further papers, c. 1982-2000, relating to the SDP, including papers relating to the Hillhead bye election and miscellaneous Wales in Europe papers.


Language/scripts of material: English and Welsh.

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: 1996 Donation; 1999 Donation.

Conditions governing access: The Vale of Glamorgan SDP records and the CVs of candidates for the parliamentary constituency of the Vale of Glamorgan (B1/7) are not available for consultation until 2014. 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 in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1997, pp. 9-12; 2000, p. 72, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Further accruals are possible.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Mr Sain Ley Berry, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, 1996, 1999 and 2003.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some printed material acquired by Peter Sain Ley Berry pre-dates his birth.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Minor Lists and Summaries 1997; 2000; The Times Guide to the House of Commons, April 1992, (London, 1992); EuropaWorld website ( viewed 6 September 2004.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2004

Cardiff (Wales) | Politics and government
Elections | Wales | Pembrokeshire
Elections | Wales | Pontypridd
Elections | Wales | South Glamorgan
Elections | Wales | Swansea
Pembrokeshire (Wales) | Politics and government
Pontypridd (Wales) | Politics and government

Personal names
Berry , Peter Sain Ley , 1946-

Corporate names
Liberal Democrats (Great Britain)
Lloyd George Society
Social Democratic Party (Great Britain)
Welsh Centre for International Affairs


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