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Appeal for Aneurin Bevan Archives

To mark Aneurin Bevan’s birthday (15 November 1897), the Welsh Political Archive at The National Library of Wales is launching an appeal for material about his life and work.

Aneurin Bevan stands amongst the most famous and influential Welsh politicians, serving as MP for Ebbw Vale from 1929 to 1960, as a government minister and deputy leader of the Labour Party. His most celebrated achievement came when as Minister for Health and Housing in the reforming post-war Labour government he was responsible for establishing the National Heath Service.

The Library holds copies of his books, including In Place of Fear and the archives of his agent and Ebbw Vale Labour Party Secretary Cllr. Ron Evans, but we’re eager to collect more material about the work of this important man.

Rob Phillips, Assistant Archivist, Welsh Political Archive said:

“Aneurin Bevan is a central figure in Welsh and British politics and we’re keen to collect more material about his life and work so that it will be available to all who want to know more about his contribution to modern Wales. We’re looking for all kinds of material; photographs, letters, leaflets, posters, booklets and so on so that we can create a new collection to make his 120th birthday in 2017. We’d be delighted to hear from anyone who has material which they would be prepared to donate to the Library.”

Further Information

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Editor’s notes

  • The Welsh Political Archive is a dedicated programme within the National Library of Wales to collect, store, catalogue and promote archival material which reflects the political life of Wales. The Library holds the archives of the main political parties in Wales, along with those of individual politicians and campaign groups.
  • Aneurin Bevan was the Labour Member of Parliament for Ebbw Vale from 1929 until 1960. Between 1945 and 1951 he served as Minister for Health and Housing. He was elected deputy Leader of the Labour party in 1959, and died in 1960.