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Laura McAllister to give prestigious lecture on Wales’ political future


On Wednesday the 22nd of November at Professor Laura McAllister will deliver the annual lecture of the Welsh Political Archive. In her lecture she will offer an analysis of contemporary Wales, the urgent need for constructive change, and offer ideas on creating a new contract  between the people and the state.

Laura McAllister, Professor of Public Policy and the Governance of Wales at the Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University said:

“By drawing on my personal as well as professional background in sport and politics, this lecture will challenge us as individuals as well as organisations to rethink how we do politics, and how we can breed better confidence in our country, over time, which could bring a new psychology of success.”

Rob Phillips, Welsh Political Archive said:

"We are very proud to be able to welcome Professor Laura McAllister to deliver this year's lecture at such an interesting time in Welsh politics. The lecture is the pinnacle of the Political Archive's calendar and especially this year as part of the Archive's 40th celebrations. The lecture will be an opportunity to look forward to future developments while we celebrate the great political collections in the Library which preserving the history of Welsh politics for the benefit of the people."

McAllister’s research focuses on Welsh politics and elections, devolution, electoral reform, and gender in politics. She was recently elected as UEFA Vice President and member of the Executive Committee. She is also co-chair of the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales.

The Welsh Political Archive was established in 1983 to coordinate the collection of documentary evidence of all kinds about politics in Wales. It collects records and papers of political parties, politicians, semi-political organisations, campaigns and pressure groups; leaflets, pamphlets and other printed ephemera; posters and photographs; websites and tapes of radio and television programmes. Its work is not limited to a specific section of the Library.

The Welsh Political Archive's annual lecture was first held in 1987 and a number of academics, journalists, historians and politicians have had the opportunity to deliver the lecture. Previous lecturers include Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos, Lord Roberts of Conwy, John Davies, Lord Bourne, Jeremy Bowen and Professor Angela John.

Tickets for the event and for the online stream can be ordered free of charge on the Library website:

Following the event the full lecture text will be available on our website.




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About the Welsh Political Archive


About the National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales is one of the great libraries of the world. Located in Aberystwyth, it is the home of the story of Wales.

Opened in 1907, the Library is the centre of research into the culture and heritage of Wales and the Celtic nations. The purpose of the Library is to make our culture and heritage accessible for everyone to learn, research and enjoy. We are a legal deposit library, which means we are entitled to a copy of every print publication in Britain and Ireland, but our collections also include the following

  • 7,000,000 feet of film
  • 250,000 hours of video
  • 7,000,000 books and newspapers
  • 40,000 manuscripts
  • 1,500,000 maps
  • 150,000 hours of sound
  • 950,000 photographs
  • 60,000 works of art
  • 1,900 cubic meters of archives

You can search the collections online and can find further information along with a list of resources on our website.