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Friends of Hafod Collection

Accession 1706

Ref: FOH - Collection Level Description

TITLE: Friends of Hafod Collection
DATE: 1986-2003
SIZE: 3 series
MEDIUM: paper; card; photo; digital
ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY: Hafod Uchtryd, 15km inland of Aberystwyth, is recognised as one of the finest picturesque landscapes in Europe. The surviving historic features of the demesne lay neglected until the 1980s when there was increasing public awareness and concern for Hafod. This led to the formation in 1987 of the Friends of Hafod, a local voluntary society with members in many other parts of Britain. Over more than 15 years the group accumulated an enormous archive of materials relating to the estate and its locality and more generally, landscape history, in particular the Picturesque movement of the late 18th century. The group held monthly meetings and published regular bulletins and newsletters. Members of the group wrote reports and articles; liased with schools on projects related to Hafod and corresponded with researchers and other interested parties. Material related to their independent historical research into, and documentation of, the various restoration projects carried out at Hafod from 1988 to 2002 was added to the archive, as were copies of many of the papers of other organisations involved with Hafod during this time. 
NATURE AND CONTENT: The fonds comprises mainly primary and secondary research material relating to the history of the Hafod estate and its locality; landscape and garden history and the picturesque movement generally. Material related to the activities of Friends of Hafod and to recent renovation projects and research carried out at Hafod comprise the remainder of the fonds.
Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh.
System of arrangement: The bulk of this collection had been catalogued at the time it was received. The present arrangement reflects the original catalogue as closely as possible. Preliminary cataloguing was undertaken by Anna Skarzynska. The fonds is arranged according to subject in series A, and chronologically where possible in series B and C. Series A consists of primary and secondary research material assembled or generated by the Friends of Hafod and is further arranged into 15 files which relate to distinct subject areas such as: individual owners and their period of ownership of the estate; local history; garden history etc, within the series. Series B consists of material generated during the running of the organization, and includes meeting minutes; newsletters and bulletins and correspondence. Series C consists of reports and surveys concerning various aspects of restoration projects and researches carried out from 1991 onwards, these include archaeological surveys, works specifications and surveys into flora and fauna on the estate. 
Conditions governing access: Some items in Series B contain sensitive information and/or have data protection issues. Access allowed with the permission of the County Archivist only.
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.
Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Ceredigion Archives. The catalogue is also available online under its current title.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: Materials not thought to fit with the collection itself, or with the collecting policy of Ceredigion Archives have been removed from the collection. Duplicates have been removed.
Accruals: Accruals are not expected
Archival history
Immediate source of acquisition: The Friends of Hafod collection was received by Ceredigion Archives in April and May 2005. The collection then consisted of 54 boxes of material collected and created by members of Friends of Hafod between 1986 and 2004, and arranged by the depositor. Accession number: 1706.


Archivist¬ís note: This description was written by Helen Rowe, Project Archivist using Friends of Hafod Newsletters. 
Rules or conventions: This description has been constructed using ISAD(G) 2nd Edition.
Date of description: November 2008.

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