In 2020 the Archives and Special Collections Annual Exhibition will showcase material relating to the Welsh Poet Cynan (Albert Evans-Jones). More information will be published in the New Year.
"2020 - Year of Outdoors"
During 2020 we will be taking part in celebrating a “Year of Outdoors”, a Wales-wide campaign which aims to promote and celebrate the country’s outstanding natural landscape and wealth of outdoor experiences. This will enable us to build a multi-layered view of our collections - presenting our strengths and what makes us distinctive from other institutions throughout Wales.
Annual Lecture 2020
Professor Marged Haycock of Aberystwyth University will deliver the annual lecture in 2020 on the subject of Sir Ifor Williams (1881-1965), the Welsh scholar from Tregarth and the Professor of Welsh at the University College of North Wales between 1929 and 1965. This lecture will be delivered in Welsh on the 28th of October 2020 in the Eric Sunderland Lecture Theatre.
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.