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Bere, Cliff, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CLIERE

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Cliff Bere Papers

Short Title: Bere, Cliff, papers

Creation date(s): 1933-1998

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.090cubic metres (10 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Cliff (Clifford Ifan) Bere (1915-1997)


Administrative/Biographical history: Cliff Bere (Clifford Ifan Bere) was born of Welsh parents in Burnley, Lancashire 1915. He studied law at University College, Swansea, but his education was disrupted by the War; he served in the army in North Africa. During his military service, he became politically active as a Welsh nationalist and republican. After the War, he worked as a graphic artist for the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. Bere was one of the founders of the Welsh Republican Movement, a small group of left-wing militants, including Harri Web (1920-1988), mostly ex-servicemen and intellectuals, who enlivened the political scene in Wales during the 1950s, following a more radical agenda than Plaid Cymru at the time. Bere was one of the most single-minded of the Republicans, writing a pamphlet, The Welsh Republican (1947) and the Welsh Republican Movement's Manifesto (1950), and taking part in flag-burning protests. The main activity of the Movement after 1954 was the publication and distribution of a bi-monthly newspaper, The Welsh Republican, of which Bere was editor, covering Welsh current affairs, focusing on the economy of South Wales, especially the future of the coal and steel industries and the plight of Cardiff Docks. After the demise of the Movement in 1957, Bere became one of Plaid Cymru's most committed members. He married Eluned Rhys Evans in 1949. He was arrested during the second homes arson campaign in the early 1980s. Bere died in Barry, Glamorgan on 16th September 1997.


Scope and content/abstract: Welsh Republican Movement and Plaid Cymru papers collected by Cliff Bere, 1940-1973, including correspondence, [c. 1947]-1965; membership forms and subscriptions, [c. 1948]-1957; constitution, meetings and reports, 1949-1952; newspaper cuttings, 1949-1991;, political and personal correspondence, 1933-1997; papers relating to Plaid Cymru, [c. 1949]-1996, including the Parliament for Wales Campaign, Cymdeithas yr Iaith (Welsh Language Society) campaign for bilingual road signs, 1971; 'Cofiwn', the National Commemoration Association, 1976-1987; the Welsh Socialist Republican Movement (Mudiad Gweriniaethol Sosialaidd Cymru) 1975-1985; Cymdeithas Cyfamod y Cymry Rhydd (the Society of the Covenant of the Free Welsh) 1986-1994; Cardiff City Planning Department, 1965-1982; Harri Webb papers, 1949-1996; Eurig ap Gwilym [d. 1988], 1976-1988; papers relating to holiday homes arson campaign and Bere's arrest, 1980-1982; Yr Undeb Celtaidd /The Celtic League, 1988-1993; the Free Wales Army, 1993-1998; unpublished drafts of articles, 1934-1996; various journals and pamphlets, [c. 1946]-1976; newspapers cuttings, 1946-1997; undated translations of pamphlets published by the National Museum of Wales; papers, 1984-1998, relating to his publications, and other printed ephemera, 1935-1956.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged in the following groups: Welsh Republican Movement; political and personal papers; printed material; miscellanea; personal correspondence; political papers.

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 are available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed on-line.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Mr Cliff Bere, Barry, in May 1997, and by his widow, Mrs Eluned Bere, in January 1998 and August 1998.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1998; NLW Obituaries Cumulated Index (1992-1997).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2003

Bere, Cliff, | 1915-1997 | Archives
Bilingualism | Wales
Holiday homes | Wales
Nationalism | Wales
Nationalists | Wales
Political parties | Wales
Politicians | Wales
Republicanism | Wales
Sabotage | Wales
Socialism | Wales
Welsh Republican Movement | Records and correspondence

Personal names
Bere , Cliff , 1915-1997
Eurig ap Gwilym , d. 1988
Webb , Harri , 1920-

Corporate names
Celtic League.
Cymdeithas Cyfamod y Cymry Rhydd
Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg
Free Wales Army
National Commemoration Association
Plaid Cymru
Welsh Republican Movement

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