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.

September 2016

This postcard, bought by a visitor to Bangor and postmarked ‘12 JNE 1937,’ was recently donated to the University Archives and Special Collections.  It features the University building, opened in 1911, the Post Office, opened in 1909, and also an army tank and a trader’s van.

The World War I, Mark IV female tank is standing in front of the Town Hall.  It is one of many dedication tanks presented to towns and cities in the UK which had contributed financially to the war effort through tank banks during Tank Banks Weeks.  Other towns in North Wales presented with a tank were Holyhead, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and Wrexham.  One tank survives in Ashford in Kent.  The Bangor tank was scrapped in 1937 when Bangor City Council accepted a tender of £40 10s.

A close-up photo of the van, an Austin 7 1927-30, reveals the name ‘PALFERMAN’S,’ fruiter and greengrocer of High Street Bangor and Upper Bangor who advertised his shops in The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality.

In 2006, a descendant, Ian Palferman left a comment on memories of the Vaynol estate by Charles Duff, on the BBC Wales archive for North West Wales:

"I can remember delivering fruit and vegetables to Vaynol from my parents shop at 220 High Street, and to be greeted by George (his surname I can't remember) the chauffeur to Sir and Lady Duff, who drove them around in a Jaguar Car, Reg No ECC 909, which I recently saw on show on the Promenade at Llandudno, still looking splendid. Those were the days."

This Archive of the Month was compiled by Polly Wilton, Volunteer with the Archives and Special Collections.

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







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