Library and Archives Service – Archives

Archives and Special Collections

Welcome to the Archives and Special Collections which forms part of the Library and Archives Service at Bangor University.

We are responsible for the collection and long-term preservation of manuscripts, archival collections and a diverse range of rare books and printed material.

Our aim is to ensure that our resources are accessible to all researchers, free of charge. We actively promote these collections as valuable research and learning tools and engage the wider community in our activities as well as the staff and students within the University.

Our collections are open to the public and can be consulted at the Archives and Special Collections which is located in the Main Arts building at Bangor University. The repository comprises of a search room for quiet study and an education room for group visits.


Explore your Archive - Story Box Presentations

3 students will be presenting three stories to visitors to the Archives on the 18th of November. A Welsh session will be held between 2.00pm and 3.00pm with an English session to follow at 3.15pm until 4.15pm. To secure a place in the audience phone : (01248) 383276

They will be talking about :

  • Bangor University 1915
  • Visitors, travellers and tourism
  • Folk songs

Sion Edward Jones and Elen Ifan who will be taking part in the Explore your Archive event (see above)

Archives annual lecture

The annual lecture this year will be held on the 4th of November at 6.00pm at the main arts lecture theatre. Professor Bill Jones will be speaking in Welsh on the subject of the Welsh Colony in Patagonia and the Welsh Press in the late 19th century.

Open Doors 2015

Saturday morning, 26 September, the Archives and Special Collections will be taking part in the 2015 Open Doors event.

You will have the opportunity to listen to the Archivist talk about the work of the Archives and Special Collections and to see a selection of special manuscripts held by the department. At the end of the talk, there will be a question and answer session along with a visit to the “Welsh in Patagonia” exhibition.

To book a place, phone (01248) 383276

National Eisteddfod 2015

To promote our "Welsh in Patagonia" exhibition this year, the Archives and Special Collections organised a traditional Patagonian tea party. During the event, the Prime Minister, Mr Carwyn Jones, shared with us his recent experiences on his visit to Patagonia to celebrate 150 years since the arrival of the first Welsh settlers in Puerto Madryn.

We would like to extend a big thanks to all who showed their support on the day, including Professor Gerry Hunter, Mari Emlyn, and the Widening Access Centre, who partly funded the event.

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones sharing a cup of tea with the Archivist, Elen Wyn Simpson

A Fond Farewell to Some of Our Volunteers

The Archives and Special Collections would like to extend a big thank you to all our volunteers this year who were presented with certificates recently for their hard work. They have all been involved in a variety of tasks, from creating box lists and cataloguing to inputting statistical data onto spreadsheets and creating acid free packaging for manuscripts.
We hope that you enjoyed your time at the department and we wish you all the best in the future.

Sheldon, Emily and Viveka : the postgraduates who have been volunteering at the Archives and Special Collections this year.

The Welsh in Patagonia

The Library and Archives Service will be celebrating 150 years of Y Wladfa, the Welsh Colony in Patagonia, with an exhibition displaying a selection of material from the Archives and Rare Books Collections.
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Opening Times

Monday – Friday

9.00am – 1.00pm

2.00pm – 5.00pm

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