Archive of the month

During 2019 we will be celebrating a “Year of Discovery” which will be an opportunity to :

  • look at inventive individuals who have carried out pioneering work in the fields of aeronautics, archaeology, mathematics, Celtic studies etc.
  • find out about adventurous Welsh men and women who have travelled the world as settlers or missionaries
  • discover more about new and exciting resources for researchers in the Archives and Special Collections

The “Year of Discovery” will enable us to build a multi-layered view of our collections  -  presenting our strengths and what makes us distinctive from other institutions throughout Wales.

July 2019

Antiquae linguae britannicae, nunc vulgò dictae cambrobritannicae, a suis cymraecae vel cambricae, ab aliis wallicae, et lingvae latinae, dictionarium duplex. Prius britannico-latinum ... Posterius latino-britannicum. Accesserunt Adagia britannica, & plura & emendatiora, quàm antehàc edita.

John Davies (1567-1644)

Londini, impress. in aedibus R. Young, impensis J. Davies,& prostat venale ... apud Franciscum Constable



This 1621 Welsh grammar in Latin written by John Davies of Mallwyd can currently be seen in the exhibition case in the Main Library foyer.

This copy has copious manuscript notes, including some in the hand of Lewis Morris, one of the famous Morris brothers of Anglesey, together with a Latin englyn by one of Wales’s most famous poets of the 18th century, Goronwy Owen.

The item forms part of our current annual exhibition.



This exhibition is a celebration of Bangor University’s substantial contribution to scholarship in the field of Welsh and Celtic studies and also aims to commemorate some of the remarkable individuals who contributed to that endeavour. It has been arranged to coincide with the visit of the XVIth International Congress of Celtic Studies to Bangor University on 22–26 July 2019. The Congress is the foremost international gathering of scholars researching the languages, literatures and cultural traditions of the Celtic-speaking peoples. Held once every four years, this will be its first visit to Bangor.

                                                            This "Archive of the Month" was created by Lynette Williams, Archivist


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