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.

October 2018


Black History Month provides us with an opportunity to showcase the records held by the Archives and Special Collections that link Colwyn Bay with Africa.

This is an address presented to the Rev. William Hughes of Colwyn Bay, on his third departure for Africa in 1917

William Hughes was born in 1856 in Rhoslan, Eifionydd who became a missionary in Africa before setting up a training college in Colwyn Bay for African young men. According to his book “Dark Africa and the way out” published in 1892, the college was established “ the hope that many of them [young men] will return to their native land either as missionaries, schoolmasters or useful handicraftsmen – such as carpenters, blacksmiths, masons, bricklayers, wheelwrights, tailors etc.”

The address provides information relating to the services of the Rev. William Hughes to the town of Colwyn Bay with reference to the establishment of the African Institute at Colwyn Bay. Undersigned are the names of “Ministers of the Gospel” and “Councillors, Magistrates, Doctors etc.” It also includes 2 photographs – one of the Rev. William Hughes on his own and the other with two of his pupils, Kinkasa (aged 11) and Nkanza (aged 8).

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


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