Newspapers

Newspapers feature as the 75th accession on five occasions: 1974, 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1988. In 1994 the decision was made to stop accepting newspapers at Glamorgan Archives, and to transfer those already held to suitable local libraries or, in the case of the Western Mail and the South Wales Echo, to the National Library of Wales.

The 3000 volumes of newspapers presented problems of storage and conservation. In 1994, Glamorgan Record Office (as it was then) stored records in six different locations in and around Cardiff and was under pressure to rationalise space. Collections of newspapers occupied three cottages, formerly Children’s Homes, at Garth Olwg, ChurchVillage. There was also the issue of conservation, as noted in the Annual Report of 1994: The best way of conserving newspapers is to microfilm them, but the cost of this is far beyond the resources of GRO.

Although collections of newspapers are no longer held at Glamorgan Archives, newscutting books feature within many collections. These volumes were compiled for a multitude of reasons, by businesses and organisations as well as individuals. Indeed the 75th accession for 1976 includes a newscutting book compiled by the Rhymney Valley Water Board (1939-1966).

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Cardiff Constabulary newscutting book

Today, access to information on newspapers as well as digitised copies of the newspapers themselves, can be accessed online. 

Newsplan Cymru provides a database recording holdings of newspapers published across Wales: http://www.newsplancymru.info/

Welsh Newspapers Online is a free online resource from the National Library of Wales: http://papuraunewyddcymru.llgc.org.uk/en/home

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