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.
Although the University College of North Wales opened its doors at Bangor in 1884, it was not until 1889 that John Morris-Jones was appointed a lecturer in Welsh. But the beginnings were quite unremarkable. His opening lecture was only attended by six College officers, two students and two strangers. The growth of the discipline was further hampered by the fact that Bangor prepared its students for the external degrees of the University of London, which did not recognize neither Welsh nor Celtic as degree subjects. With the granting of a Royal Charter to the University of Wales in 1893, and the appointment of Morris-Jones as Professor of Welsh Language in 1895, the status of his discipline was soon transformed. From that time onwards, Bangor became one of the main centres of Welsh scholarship. Bangor has also been fortunate in the manuscript and printed collections of its library, and this exhibition, in its entirety, bears witness to the richness and wide-ranging nature of those collections in the field of Welsh and Celtic.
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.
Archives and Special Collections Annual Lecture 2019
The annual lecture this year will be based around the research work conducted by Dr Gareth Huws around the Penrhos estate papers (Holyhead) held ar Bangor University Archives.
The event will take place on the 9th of October 2019 at 5.30pm in the Main Arts Lecture Theatre under the title, "Penrhos : Powerful women and the curious tale of a Knight, a Lord and an Honourable".
Open Day - 25 October 2019
The Archives and Special Collections will be taking part in the History Festival at Bangor University, 25-26 October 2019, by arranging an open day to encourage new visitors to explore our wonderful collections. Further information will follow.
Explore your Archive week - November 2019
During Explore Your Archive week this year we will be running a series of workshops in the Education Room of the Archives. The workshops will be aimed at Bangor University students, to encourage them to use the Archives, but external users are also welcome. Further information will follow.