Archive of the month

The Archive of the Month feature raises awareness amongst students and staff about the variety of material that we hold. In particular, the old Bangor photographs appear to spark a lot of interest and debate on the University’s Facebook pages.

Every month, an item is selected to be showcased. The item is scanned and a short piece of text written about its history.

July 2018

Amongst the collection of Cynan Papers is a series of the “community newspaper”, Seren y Dwyrain (CYN/228). The Welsh newspaper served Cairo and the Middle East and its intention was to be a link between Welsh institutes and to strengthen the connection between Wales and those who served in the armed forces up until the end of the Second World War.


The man responsible for establishing the newspaper was T. Elwyn Griffith, who died recently at the age of 100. The idea came whilst he was serving as a Flying Officer with the Royal Air Force in Cairo and the paper then became the stimulus behind the establishment of the Undeb y Cymry ar Wasgar (Union of Welsh Diaspora) in 1948; which is known today as the Undeb Cymru a’r Byd (Wales International).


T. Elwyn Griffith (1918-2018) was originally from Llandybïe, Carmarthenshire, but spent most of his life in Caeathro, Gwynedd.


This "Archive of the Month" was created by Elen Wyn Simpson, Archivist

Click on the links below to view all our showcased documents.











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