Glamorgan Archives

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The Glamorgan Archives building in Leckwith

The Glamorgan Archives (previously the Glamorgan Record Office) is a county record office and repository based in Leckwith, Cardiff, Wales. It holds records for the whole of the historic county of Glamorgan but primarily for the post-1974 counties of Mid and South Glamorgan.[1]


Glamorgan Building (previously Glamorgan County Hall)

Glamorgan County Council created Glamorgan Record Office in 1939 (the second county archive in Wales) with Emyr Gwynne Jones becoming Wales' first full-time archivist.[2] The Record Office was based in the Glamorgan County Hall in Cathays Park, Cardiff.[1] Following the local government reorganisation in 1974 Glamorgan was split into three (West, Mid and South) and in 1982 the records for the West Glamorgan area were moved to Swansea.[1] In 1989 severe problems with damp were discovered in the Glamorgan Record Office strongrooms, leading to the public search room being closed for 4 months.[2]

Logo of Glamorgan Archives

In the 2000s plans were made to move the archives to a new site. A proposed move to a new building near Callaghan Square fell through in 2006.[3] In 2007 a site was found off Sloper Road, part of the new Leckwith Development which included the new Cardiff City Stadium.[3] The new Glamorgan Archives building was completed in 2009 and officially opened in Spring 2010.[4]

An appeal against Glamorgan Archives' business rates backfired in 2010, resulting in the rates bill increasing from £150,000 to £400,000 per year. Glamorgan Archives were forced to reduce from 17 to 14 staff to be able to pay the extra cost.[5]


Glamorgan Archives currently provides archive services for Cardiff, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glamorgan councils. [4]

In late 2015 material from Carmarthenshire Archives were transferred to Cardiff, following a severe outbreak of mould at Carmarthenshire's Parc Myrddin building.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c Angus Baxter (1999), In Search of Your British & Irish Roots: A Complete Guide to Tracing Your English, Welsh, Scottish & Irish Ancestors, Genealogical Publishing Co., p. 212, ISBN 978-0-8063-1611-6
  2. ^ a b "Glamorgan Record Office, 1939–1989 – a celebration postponed". National Library of Wales. 28 May 2014. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Historic records to be kept next to new City stadium". Wales Online. 8 June 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "All Black souvenir comes to light". BBC News. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  5. ^ Rebecca Burn-Callander (21 July 2015). "Business rates specialist's appeals backfire, creating pain for small firms". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Archives in capital". Carmarthen Journal. 2 October 2015. Archived from the original on 12 October 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.

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