Library and Archives Service - Archives


Arddangosfa R S Thomas - R S Thomas Exhibition

Exhibition to mark the centenary of the birth of R S Thomas

Council chamber corridor 11th April - 20th December 2013



Conservation grant awarded to Archives

The Archives and Special Collections have been awarded £12,000 by the National Manuscript Conservation Trust to conserve some of the fragile Jamaica Papers in our care which form part of the Penrhyn Collection.

It is hoped that these valuable documents will be available for consultation by researchers in the Archives in July 2013.

A century on the hill

01-07-11: To celebrate the centenary of the official opening of the University buildings in 1911, the Archives and Special Collections have a new exhibition.

Located in the Vice-Chancellor’s corridor and open to everyone, we have chosen documents that depict the events that led to the erection of the new college on the hill - the Royal visits, the architectss competition, and the controversial decision to use slate from Pembrokeshire to roof the building.

The exhibition will be open from the 2nd of July 2011


Bible display

02-06-11: A selection of the Bibles held by the Library and Archives Service is currently on display in the VC's corridor. All are welcome to visit.

Also, still to come this Summer is an exhibition on the building of the University. This will contain original plans by the Architect, Henry Hare and documentation regarding the rejection of local materials in favour of Ruabon limestone and Preseli slate for the building.

Sir Ifor Williams

5 July 2008 – 29 August 2008

An exhibition following the life and work of the man from Tregarth who became the Professor of Welsh at Bangor University.

Ifor Williams’ (1881-1965) main interest was early Welsh poetry – his publications reflect this. However, he made an effort not to alienate himself from the ordinary Welshman and confine himself to academic life. He would travel throughout Britain, lecturing to local societies, and his voice would be heard on the radio regularly, speaking on subjects that would appeal to everyone. He was an authority on place-names and was interested in everyday words that had fallen out of use.

Back to its former glory

The Archives at Bangor University recently received a very generous donation towards the restoration of a document. The donation was made by T.P.T Williams, a local historian and former member of Information Services. The document in question is the manuscript version of Dodsley's History of the Island of Anglesey which was published in 1775 (Bangor Ms 7366). The boards of this bound volume had become detached and the restoration work involved their reattachment, whilst ensuring that the original make-up and features of the document were retained. Some of the pages were also restored to their former glory - this involved the removal of sticky tape, amongst other processes. Further information about the document can be obtained from an article in the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club Transactions, 2006 by T.P.T. Williams, "The "Dodsley" History of Anglesey re-visited" If you would like to make a donation towards the conservation of a document housed in the University Archives, please contact the Archivist on (01248) 382966 or



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