Their aim is to collect and preserve documents and records relating to Glamorgan and make them publicly accessible. Records include council minutes, papers, parchments, personal diaries, photographs and plans. It also has resources concerning the authorities in Glamorgan.
The documents held will be of use if you want to research your family tree, trace the history of a house or find out more about local villages. The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always willing to help should you require assistance.
For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page.
You can also peruse their on-line catalogue, which has 163,000 entries at present and is being added to all the time as new collections are added.
Opening Hours can be found by going to their visiting us page.
If coming by train, journey to the stations at Grangetown or Ninian Park from Cardiff Central. Buses 1 or 2 from behind Cardiff Central Library stop near the Archive. Buses 92, 93, 94 and 95 stop at Sloper Road, which is a 10 minute walk from the Office. If using a Sat Nav, inputting CF11 8AB should direct you to Clos Parc Morgannwg. They are next to Cardiff City Stadium.
You are allowed to use a digital camera to photograph documents, but you have to fill in a personal photography form.
The Office offers a research service for anyone unable to visit in person.
You will need to register as a searcher before you can access the search-room. You will need to provide two forms of identification - one must have proof of your name and the other proof of your address. Your photograph will also be taken and you will then be issued with a card that you have to bring with you every time you visit.
A joint service for the Councils of the City and County of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot County Borough, the Archive collects documents, films, maps, photographs and sound recordings relating to the history of West Glamorgan.
The Office is a 15-20 minute walk from the Railway Station. The bus station is 5-10 minutes walk from the Office. Car parking is accessible at the east side of the building. 16 spaces are available for blue badge holders. If these are full, parking is available in Waterfront and Paxton Street car parks.
A cafe is available in the Civic Centre.
The building is fully accessible, with the East car park being situated on the same level as the main entrance. The building also has a loop system.
If you are unable to visit in person, they offer a Research Service.
You need to register for an Archives Wales Readers Ticket if you wish to consult documents at the Archive Service.