Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Papurau Undeb Myfyrwyr Colegau Bangor

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XD/42

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Title: Papurau Undeb Myfyrwyr Colegau Bangor

Short title: Undeb Myfyrwyr Colegau Bangor, papurau (papers)

Dates of creation: 1963-1979

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): Undeb Myfyrwyr Colegau Bangor


Administrative and biographical history: The University College of North Wales (UCNW) was established in Bangor, Caernarfonshire, in 1884, becoming a constituent part of the University of Wales in 1893. Cymdeithas y Cymric ('the Cymric Society') was formed to represent the interests of the Welsh speaking students at the College. However the expansion of UCNW led to growing concern about the status of the Welsh language and Welsh students within the College. In 1976 a campaign against the College's language policy by the Cymric led to the expulsion of four students, including the society's president. This led to the creation of Undeb Myfyrwyr Colegau Bangor (UMCB, 'Bangor Colleges' Students Union'), an unofficial union for the Welsh students, resisting the Anglicisation of the College and promoting the use of the Welsh language. UMCB subsequently became Undeb Myfyrwyr Cymraeg Bangor and is now part of the main Students' Union. The Cymric continued as a society organising social events for the Welsh students.


Scope and content: Papers of Undeb Myfyrwyr Colegau Bangor and Y Cymric, 1963-1979, including minutes, letters and other general papers, 1972-1979; letters concerning the 1976 Cymric campaign and the expulsion of students, 1976; letters concerning the establishing of an UMCB Friends' Society, 1979; statements relating to Court cases, 1976, 1979; papers relating to Caffi Deiniol, Bangor Uchaf, 1978-1979; posters, publications including Y Dyfodol, Bronco and Y Llef and related papers, 1966-1979; newspaper cuttings, 1978-1979; photographs, [1976]-[1979]; minutes, circulars, reports and other papers relating to the administration of UCNW, Bangor, 1963-1979;


Language/script: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Y Cymric/Undeb Myfyrwyr Colegau Bangor; University College of North Wales, Bangor, administration; miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: The records are closed for 30 years. Written permission of the depositor required for public inspection.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Meirionnydd Archives and the National Library of Wales.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are possible



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papurau Undeb Myfyrwyr Colegau Bangor, rhestr (catalogue); University of Wales Bangor website (, viewed 24 November 2004; Archives Hub website (, viewed 24 November 2004; Undeb Myfyrwyr Bangor Students Union website (, viewed 24 November 2004.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: November 2004



Cymric (Society) | Records and correspondence

Student expulsion | Wales | Bangor

Student newspapers and periodicals | Wales | Bangor

Student unions | Wales | Bangor

Students | Wales | Bangor | Photographs

UMCB | Records and correspondence

University College of North Wales | Archives

Personal names

Corporate names

Cymric (Society)

Undeb Myfyrwyr Colegau Bangor | (Students' union)

University College of North Wales, Bangor