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 2017


These images have been taken from the diary and journal of William Owen Stanley, former MP for Anglesey (1837–1847), City of Chester (1850–1857), and Beaumaris (1857–1874), containing his research notes on butterflies and moths, accompanied by spectacular coloured sketches and paintings.

During the 19th century, the study of entomology was a popular pursuit, and dedicated amateur scholars, who often amassed vast collections of specimens, contributed much to the field.

Stanley was particularly renowned as an antiquarian, having contributed numerous articles to Archaeologia Cambrensis. The journal also features some of his sketches and observations on burial pots and other relics unearthed in the Anglesey area. His collection of antiquities was donated to the British Museum, pictures of which are available to view on their website.

Stanley married Ellin Williams daughter of Sir John Williams of Bodelwyddan, Flintshire in 1832. He was heir to the Penrhos estate in Anglesey where he lived throughout his life.

This document forms part of the Penrhos estate collection which contains over 5500 items which date from the early 15th century up until the late 20th century. Penrhos, situated near Holyhead in Anglesey was originally the home of the Owen family and later the Stanley family.

The University has been responsible for the care of this collection since 1928 with additional deposits being made over the decades. This Summer, we were joined by 2 trainee conservators, who undertook the work of cleaning, re-packing and re-boxing the Penrhos collection. During the process, they also recorded the physical condition of the documents and made a note of any items that needed conserving.


This "Archive of the Month" was created by Callum Parry, Volunteer

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









  • April 2013
  • May 2013
  • June 2013
  • July 2013
  • August 2013
  • October 2013
  • November 2013
  • December 2013