Women's Archive of Wales/Archif Menywod Cymru: Val Feld Papers

Scope and Content

WAW 16/1: Economic Development, c. 1991-2001

WAW 16/2: Europe, 1997-2001

WAW 16/3: Education, 1995-2001

WAW 16/4: Equalities, 1991-2001

WAW 16/5: Healthcare, [1997?]-2001

WAW 16/6: Environment, 1994-2001

WAW 16/7: Rural Affairs, 1995-2001

WAW 16/8: Housing, 1986-2001

WAW 16/9: Trade unionism, 1943-2001

WAW 16/10: Legislation, 2001

WAW 16/11: Constituency issues, 1995-2001

WAW 16/12: Labour Party, 1984-2000

WAW 16/13: 'Yes for Wales' campaign, 1997-1998

WAW 16/14: Diaries, 2000

WAW 16/15: Notebooks, 1990-2001

WAW 16/16: Personal papers, 1999-2001

WAW 16/17: Papers relating to Val Feld's death, 2001

Administrative / Biographical History

Val Feld was born Valerie Breen Turner in 1947 in Bangor, north Wales. She attended a Welsh school in Caernarfon, and was later a pupil at Abbey School, Malvern. In 1969 she married John Feld and together they had two children. Initially, Val Feld became a journalist at the BBC in London, and later spent 10 years in Lancashire working on community and social activities. In 1981, following the break-up of her marriage, she returned to Wales and founded the Shelter Cymru Office in Swansea. 9 years later she was appointed Director of Shelter Cymru, and in 1989 she became director of the Wales Equal Opportunities Commission, a post which she held for 10 years until her election as an AM. Val Feld began her political career as a Labour councillor in Chorley, Lancashire. She acted as Treasurer for the 'Yes for Wales' campaign, which fought for a 'yes' vote in the 1997 referendum on the creation of a Welsh Assembly. She was Assembly Member for Swansea East from the establishment of the Assembly in 1999 until her death in July 2001. Her particular interests included economic development, housing and education issues. She was one of the most respected members of the Assembly, across all political parties, and worked hard to advance the role of women in Welsh politics. In May 2001, Val Feld stood down as Chair of the Economic Development Committee, and began scaling down her additional duties due to illness. She died on July 17 2001.


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