Welcome to the Archives and Special Collections which forms part of the Library and Archives Service at Bangor University.

We are responsible for the collection and long-term preservation of manuscripts, archival collections and a diverse range of rare books and printed material.

Our aim is to ensure that our resources are accessible to all researchers, free of charge. We actively promote these collections as valuable research and learning tools and engage the wider community in our activities as well as the staff and students within the University.

Our collections are open to the public and can be consulted at the Archives and Special Collections which is located in the Main Arts building at Bangor University. The repository comprises of a search room for quiet study and an education room for group visits.

The Archives and Special Collections are an Accredited Archive Service.


The Archives and Special Collections Annual Lecture

Dr Gareth Huws

‘Penrhos: powerful women and the curious tale of a knight, a lord and an “honourable”’

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, Eric Sunderland Lecture Theatre, Main Arts Building, 5:30 p.m.


'Celtic Studies in Bangor'

May - December 2019

Council Chamber Corridor, Main Arts Building

This exhibition is a celebration of Bangor University’s substantial contribution to scholarship in the field of Welsh and Celtic studies and it also aims to commemorate some of the remarkable individuals who contributed to that endeavour. This exhibition 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.





For the last few months staff in Archives & Special Collections have been working on a project to learn more about former Bangor University Students and Staff who died during the First World War. The aim of the project was to identify all ninety seven men listed on the War Memorial Plaques located outside the Pritchard Jones Hall and to put faces and stories to the names:

In memory of the fallen of the University: 1914-1918

Opening Times

Monday – Friday

  • 9.30 am – 16.30 pm

(with a limited service between 12.30 and 13.30)

Users can stay in the Archives throughout the day, but the Archives staff will not be able to produce additional documents during the hour between 12.30 and 13.30