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 2018


It is 75 years since the World War II attack on German dams by Squadron 617 of the Royal Air Force. The attack was called “Operation Chastise” but is also known as the “Dam Busters”.

This photograph was taken on the set of the 1955 film “The Dam Busters”. Standing third from the right is the actor Alun Owen (1925-1994), who became a screenwriter and is most famous for writing the screenplay for the Beatles film, “A Hard Day’s Night”. His collection of papers, including notebooks, scripts, theatre programmes and photographs, is held here at Bangor University.

The Archives and Special Collections is also the custodian of the Papers of Sergeant Ivor Glyn Jones (1921-1943) who was an Air Gunner with Squadron 617 (Bangor Mss 38009-38057)


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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  • November 2013
  • December 2013