The Wales Broadcast Archive is the first national broadcast archive in the UK. It grows every day as more and more programmes are broadcast and become part of the collection.
With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Welsh Government, and in partnership with major broadcasters in Wales, the National Library of Wales has brought together the archives of BBC Wales, ITV Wales and S4C to give access more than a century of television and radio.
The archive includes materials from:
- the early days of BBC broadcasting in Wales during the 1920s,
- the first commercial broadcast by TWW, the establishment of Harlech Television, the age of HTV Wales and ITV Cymru Wales,
- the launch of S4C, the first Welsh language tv channel
With over half a million clips, this archive includes digital access to material that has been preserved in various formats throughout the decades, and scripts from the period from 1932 onwards.
Where can I access the Wales Broadcast Archive?
You can access the Wales Broadcast Archive at the National Library of Wales building in Aberystwyth.
Once you’ve registered as a reader, you’ll be able to view or listen to the broadcasts at the Library’s Broadcast Archive Centre. There will be 160,000 broadcasts available initially, and this number will increase by 2026 to more than half a million.
You can also access the Archive at other locations throughout Wales too. The National Library has opened new sites called ‘Clip Corners’ in other regions of Wales, and will continue to do so throughout 2024. There will also be a second Broadcast Archive Centre at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
What will I be able to do with the Broadcast Archive?
As well as viewing and listening to the vast amount of television and radio material at Broadcast Archive Centres and Clip Corners, there will be opportunities to participate in an extensive programme of activities. There will be activities based on local history, sharing memories, creative use, education, learning the Welsh language and enhancing information about the Archive.
Please get in touch with us if you’re interested in what the programme has to offer.
For more information on the Wales Broadcast Archive, please contact our Enquiries Service