Climbers' Club has a comprehensive archive of key Club documents the majority of them being at the Caernarfon Records Office. The Archives are managed by our Honorary Archivist David Medcalf.
Material to be deposited should be of direct
relevance to the Climber's Club and is usually primary material
- for example, the log books containing the write ups of new routes rather than the guidebook where those
routes have been published. The material is held in the Record Office and is open to all members of the
public with the exception of the Minutes of the various committees which are closed to members of the
Club for 20 years and are thereafter open to the members only, and then only after referral to the
Archivist or Secretary of the Club.
Material may not be removed from the Record Office other than via me - and then only the officers or
officials can do so - for example the guide book writers occasionally need access for longer than the
amount of time that they can actually spend at the RO. The reason for this apparently draconian regime is
because valuable items have been lost in the past and I cannot trace them and I do not intend to lose any
more!! Usually definite queries are quite quick to deal with and for CC members ONLY, who are unable to get to Caernarfon, I may be able to go and provide the initial information.
If people wish to make deposits then it is usually best if I am contacted first to give a general idea as
to whether it is suitable for deposit. Then the material should be sorted before sending it here
The following downloadable (Adobe Reader required) catalogues and Journal extracts. You can search for items using the Adobe reader search facility or our on-line search facility. Click on the links below:
Members may download Club Newsletters and eLetters from 2007. You can search for items using the Adobe reader search facility or our on-line search facility. Visit (Login required) Members downloads
The Club is keen not to lose a valuable record of our web site development in this volatile internet age. We have secured some records of the web site since its introduction in 1998 and are seeking a more regular and professional archiving service. Meanwhile visit Web Site Archives to see currently archived versions.
We have digitised all of our Journals since 1898 and where copyright allows have made them available on this site. We also offer search and extract services for all of the Journal contents. These services have been used by a number of members and non-members. Visit Journals-online or Journal Services.
The archives are kept at the Caernarfon Record Office - details and map below:
web site (information page): http://www.gwynedd.gov.uk/gwy_doc.asp?cat=3693&doc=9238
Note: Our index is not listed on the Record Office web site.
The nearest parking to the Record Office is the Pay and Display parking
at the Victoria Dock – alternatively you can park in Morrisons for free
and walk a little further!
From the car park(s) go down to the Menai Straits and walk South along the promenade towards the Castle. You will cross a footbridge over a dry dock access and the Record Office is the large building on your left. The Archives are open: Tues – Fri 9.30 – 12.30, 1.30 – 5.00, with an extension to 6.30pm on a Wed.
As you enter the building there is a security system on the door – press the black button and wait for the click before opening the door. Once in the building go right to the Search room where a member of staff will help you. You will need some form of identity to obtain a card – e.g a driving licence, or something with an address on it. It all sounds a bit intimidating but they are very welcoming and helpful. The index of the Climbers Club documents is XD52/.. and photographs XS/3502/.. Once you have decided which items you would like to see you fill in a request form and place it on the desk and the document is brought to you. It’s as easy as that!