Cardiff Archdiocesan Archives & Library

Collections held

The Archdiocesan Archives contain historical documents from around 1916 relating to the Archbishops and some parishes. For some parish records please see the information below relating to Record Office deposits.

The Archdiocesan Library is based on the private collections of Bishop Brown (1850 – 1880) and Bishop Hedley (1881 – 1915) of the Diocese of Newport and Menevia, together with those of Archbishop Bilsborrow, (1916  – 1920), Archbishop Mostyn (1921 – 1939) and Archbishop McGrath (1940 – 1961) of the Archdiocese of Cardiff. As well as theological and liturgical works, the collection includes texts on philosophy and history, biblical studies and religious biographies. A number of current and older journals form part of the collection. The Library catalogue is currently being revised and updated.


Archivist on site most Fridays, Please book in advance; casual visitors are not admitted.  Letter of introduction and proof of identity are required.

At present, the Library is not open to the public but enquiries may be made to the Librarian by post or email. The Librarian is usually on site on Fridays.

Contact details

Archivist: Peter Sims-Coomber
Librarian: Pauline Williams
Address: 41 – 43, Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9HD
Telephone: 029 2022 0411
Fax: 029 2037 9036

Record Office Deposits

Previous administrators have deposited records with Record Offices as listed below. Please contact the individual Offices for listings of deposits.

  • Glamorgan Record Office
Glamorgan Archives, Clos Parc Morgannwg, Leckwith, Cardiff CF11 8AW
Tel:  029 2087 2200
Parish records from St. David’s, St. Paul’s and St. Peter’s before 1916
  • Gwent Archives
Steelworks Road, Ebbw Vale NP23 6DN
Tel:  01495 353363
Some Gwent parish records
  • Herefordshire Archives Service
Herefordshire Record Office,Harold Street, Hereford, HR1 2QX
Tel:  01432 260750
Parish records from some RC churches in Herefordshire
  • National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth,Ceredigion,SY23 3BU
Tel:  01970 632 800
Records relating to Bishop Brown and Bishop Hedley