Temple Archives

Temple of Peace Archivist 2016-18, Mari Lowe puts together an archives displays for the Temple’s 80th Anniversary Exhibition.

In Spring 2017, Temple of Peace Volunteering Archivist Mari Lowe undertook a detailed Research Report into Archives and Heritage Objects held at the Temple of Peace. This is an invaluable resource for understanding the breadth of materials held in WCIA’s collections, and identifying objects of potential interest. Organisations who have operated from the Temple include the following

Organisational Collections

When the Nations came to Wales: Portrait of the 1926 World Peace Congress held in Aberystwyth, organised by the Welsh League of Nations Union – for whom the Temple of Peace was built as headquarters.

Archives Catalogue

The Temple archives stored in the attic (over 250 boxes) were catalogued over Summer 2019 by research students Rob Laker (Swansea University) and Emily Franks (Cardiff University) under a GO Wales Placement. The Archives Catalogue can be downloaded here as an Excel Spreadsheetwith four ‘tabs’ to guide users.

Arranging a Visit to the Temple of Peace Archives

WCIA can offer Archives Workshops, Tours and tailored Talks to visiting groups, on a day rate basis; as well as handling enquiries from researchers seeking to explore the archive materials.

Please email walesforpeace@wcia.org.uk if you would like to arrange a visit, or find out more information. Please note, access is subject to COVID restrictions, and the archives are supported by a team of volunteers.

Digitised Reference Resources

A wide range of resources essential to the historical and social researcher can now be accessed online, with the progress of digitisation (see WCIA’s digitised peace archives here). Material less than 100 years old is often subject to copyright or data protection / GDPR limitations. The following references may prove useful to researchers of Wales’ Peace Heritage: